Education, according to autism society.org [3] costs more than $8,600 extra per year for a student with autism within the United States of America, when the average cost of educating a student is about $12,000. [4]A similar survey by Web-MD found that the cost of services and education for children with autism averages out to more than $17,000 per child each year — with school systems footing much of the bill.  [5]This means that the biggest expenses were outside the medical realm. “Non-health care” services averaged $14,000 per child, and special education at school accounted for more than 60% of those costs.

[6]Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually.[7] A majority of costs in the U.S. are in adult services – $175-196 billion, compared to $61-66 billion for children.[8] In the U.S., A person living with autism that has an intellectual disability will cost $2.4 million throughout their life span and without intellectual disability $1.4 million.

Unfortunately Autism Spectrum Disorder along with a multitude of other verbal disabilities knows no boundaries. There is not one country or race on this planet that’s void of the impact of these health issues on a certain percentage of their population.

 

ireland map[9]In Ireland alone there are 11,500 people who are non-verbal that have a diagnosis of A.S.D. (Autism spectrum disorder).

america flag1]In the United States it is estimated that 1 in 68 births results in ASD. [2]This means that more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder and that as many as 25% of these individuals are non-verbal, that’s over 875,000 people in America that are living with limited communication.

england flag [1]There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism – that’s more than 1 in 1001. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.8 million people every day and 175,000 of these People are living with non-verbal ASD.

globe[1]Autism worldwide, 1% of the world’s population has autism, [2]25% of these people are non-verbal. There are 7 billion people in the world, this equates to 70 million people with ASD, which 17.5 million worldwide are living with non-verbal autism of some kind.

[1] (The National Autistic  Society http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/myths-facts-stats.aspx)

[2] (October 07, 2009, Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/researchers-focus-non-verbal-autism-high-risk-high-impact-meeting)

[1] (CDC, 2014)

[2] (Buescher et al., 2014)

[3] (October 07, 2009, https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/researchers-focus-non-verbal-autism-high-risk-high-impact-meeting

[1] CDC, 2014

[2] [2] (October 07, 2009, https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/researchers-focus-non-verbal-autism-high-risk-high-impact-meeting

[3] (http://www.autism-society.org/what-is/facts-and-statistics/  ( Lavelle et al., 2014), (NCES, 2014,) Copyright the Autism Society

 

[4] (MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 Health-Day News By Amy Norton, Health Day Reporter http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20140210/autism-costs-average-17000-yearly-for-each-child-study-finds?page=2

[5] . (MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 Health-Day News By Amy Norton, Health Day Reporter) http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20140210/autism-costs-average-17000-yearly-for- each-child-study-finds?page=2

[6] . (Buescher et al., 2014

[7] . (Buescher et al., 2014)

[8] (Buescher et al., 2014)

[9] (Information gathered from, Geraldine Graydon MSc Launch of A.R.E.A. March 30th 2011 http://www.autismireland.ie/assets/files/Autism%20%26%20Human%20Rights%20-%20AREA%20Launch%20March%2030th%202012.pdf