Maria Stanley, MD, Waisman Center Clinics Medical Director and clinical associate professor of pediatrics and Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH, a Waisman Center investigator and professor of population health sciences and pediatrics, were featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Joy Cardin Show on June 12 to discuss the cost of supporting an individual with autism throughout the lifespan.
A new study suggests that the cost of caring for an individual with autism could total $2.4 million in that person’s lifetime.
“Autism is one of the most costly types of developmental disabilities because of the near total dependence of individuals with autism for care throughout their lifespan and the intensity of services needed,” says Durkin.
Stanley and Durkin discussed the factors that contribute to the rising cost of care and answered questions from callers about the diagnosis and treatment of autism.
Click here to download or listen to the broadcast. http://www.wpr.org/listen/595881