"If it were up to her, our every last dollar would go to her brother."
June 27, 2013 1:42 PM Subscribe
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"A quarter of U.S. households have a member with special needs. More than 8% of kids under 15 have a disability, and half of those are deemed severe. What we share in common with the parents of all those special-needs children is that our kids have almost nothing in common [...] "Saying you study autism is like saying you study the world of non-elephant animals." Special-needs parents do share one thing: the eviscerating cost of our children."
Paying for a Special Needs Child
.What Finn costs now a year
Out-of-pocket care $5,400
Occupational therapy $10,200
What Finn may cost in future
Cost of lifetime care for an autistic person $2.3 million
Behavioral therapy for children with autism $40,000 - $60,000 a year
Cost of an adult with autism living in a residential facility $50,000 - $100,000 a year
Further reading: Building Networks for a ‘Good Life,’ Even After the Caregiver Is Gone
Also worth noting: the ABLE Act
of 2013 is pending in Congress.