This month is Autism Awareness Month and here at People Pledge, we want to highlight the financial burden parents are facing to care for their Autistic children. According to Autism Awareness Australia, an average cost is $30,000 to $50,000 a year. However, the initial early intervention program can cost up to $60,000.
“Parents of autistic children are having to sell their homes or move overseas to access crucial treatment that costs up to $50,000 a year.”
In a recent news article, Monique and Chris Blakemore share their story of raising two children Nicholas 7, and Mathew, 6. For both of their sons, who were diagnosed autism, the overwhelming cost took it’s toll. Both parents spent their days working full time jobs providing two income sources. However, this was not enough to cover the treatment that was needed for both children.
There are thousands of stories similar to this one found in Australia where families are struggling to cover medical bills associated with Autism. With 1 in 110 children been diagnosed with Autism each year, the ongoing costs of Autism will only continue to rise.