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June 9 (Bloomberg) — The cost of caring for an autistic child may exceed $2 million over the individual’s life, on top of the average $250,000 to raise a child today, with most of the expense occurring in adulthood, researchers said.

Expenses for each autistic person with an intellectual disability may be $2.4 million in the U.S. and $2.2 million in the U.K., largely driven by the costs of residential care, special education and reduced employment prospects. For those who don’t have an intellectual disability, costs are estimated to be about $1.4 million per person in both countries, according to a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics.


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