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Thousand-Fold Increase in Autism Prevalence since the 1930s

At all levels of society, autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are exacting a heavy toll. On a purely economic level, the demand for special services and care for an escalating number of autistic children (and, increasingly, adults) is stretching families, schools and health care systems to the breaking point. In 2014, a comprehensive analysis of ASD costs published in JAMA Pediatrics placed autism’s annual financial impact in the U.S. at $236-$262 billion—roughly seven times more than the $35 billion estimated in 2007.  Read more...

 

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