Researchers at the London School of Economics have estimated that autism costs the UK £27bn per annum. There are thought to be 432,750 adults with autism in the country and 107,016 children. The estimated costs for children were £2.7bn and for adults £25bn. The lifetime costs of autism were estimated at £0.8m for someone with no learning disabilities and £1.2m for someone with learning disabilities. For children the highest costs were for special education, health and social care and respite care. For adults the highest costs were staffed and supported accommodation, lost productivity while people were unemployed and hospital services.
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