Each year, autism costs families and public services some £28 billion in the UK. Of this:

Each year, autism costs families and public services some £28 billion in the UK. Of this:

  • £15 billion provides services for adults
  • £9.2 billion is the cost of lost employment
  • £2.7billion is the cost of supporting children with autism in their education

The remaining costs are the additional family expenses.

Of the medical conditions so far researched, autism appears to have the highest cost to the country.

The average additional lifetime costs for living support and education for someone with autism and learning disabilities is £4.7m.

The average lifetime costs for living support and education of someone with, for example, Asperger Syndrome is £2.9m.