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TitleUnderstanding and addressing the impact of autism on the family.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMandell, DS
JournalLDI Issue Brief
Date Published2012 Apr-May
KeywordsAdolescent, Ambulatory Care, Child, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Child, Preschool, Employment, Family Relations, Health Care Costs, Health Services Needs and Demand, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Income, Respite Care, United States, Young Adult

Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have needs that challenge our systems of care. A new study estimates ASDs cost more than $126 billion each year in the U.S.--an amount that reflects both the costs of providing educational and medical services as well as the costs of not intervening early and effectively enough to prevent lifelong disability. This Issue Brief summarizes the implications of childhood autism for parental employment and earnings, and analyzes whether community-based services can reduce costly, psychiatric hospitalizations of children with ASDs.

Alternate JournalLDI Issue Brief
PubMed ID22666896
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