Educating a child on the autism spectrum is far more expensive than paying the therapist, according to a new survey.
While previous studies primarily estimated healthcare expenses, the new survey revealed that the average annual education budget per child is about $14,000, which is 4.5 times the medical budget. Schooling accounts for more than 60% the amount of money that parents earmark for their child’s education.
Spearheaded by Tara Lavelle, a team of researchers at Arlington-based RAND Corporation analyzed data for 246 families having at least one child with autism and about 19,000 families not stricken by the disorder.
Early diagnosis of autism holds the key to tamping down the cost of special education, Michael Rosanoff of Autism Speaks reckoned, explaining that the sooner a therapy begins, the more likely it is to lessen the degree of dependence on the school system.
“This study could suggest that autism insurance reform is working,” Rosanoff stated, indicating that families affected by the disorder are not paying the medical bills from their pockets. Notably, 34 U.S. states have reformed their healthcare policies to mandate insurance coverage for autism.
Latest reports churned out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Those parenting children with autism don’t just beg the question as to why autism has no cure, but also live with an unavoidable situation in which they must spend a lot of money just to ensure a certain degree of independence for their child.