I subscribe to a variety of different websites, including 247wallst.com, which helps me stay up to date in the latest in finance news. A recent newsletter from the site actually touched on autism and I wanted to share it with you, the readers of The Autism Education Site.
Here is an excerpt:
“If past trends are any indication, autism rates could rise by as much as 75% in the next five years. This could not have come at a worse time for the nation’s overburdened and underfunded school districts, which are facing unprecedented financial stress as government aid continues to dry up. Autism, though, is a public health crisis like no other.”
“Scientists continue to offer multiple hypotheses as to why the prevalence of the disorder has soared by 600% over the past 20 years. The mysterious and often-vexing condition is poorly understood by scientists. Researchers are not sure why some people with autism can function at a high level, receive an education and hold down a job, while others exist in stony silence, trapped in their own minds. School districts are tasked with helping both types of students. Experts say its costs to society range between $35 billion and $90 billion per year.”
Read the article in its entirety: Can America Afford the Rising Cost of Autism?