July 18, 2021


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Tags: Autism, Cost, impact, prevalence, Rising, Societal, States, Tsunami, United


Categories: autism

Autism Tsunami: the Affect of Rising Prevalence on the Societal Price of Autism in america

Congratulations to the authors, Mark Blaxill (Age of Autism Editor-At-Large), Toby Rogers, and Cynthia Nevison.

Blaxill, M., Rogers, T. & Nevison, C. Autism Tsunami: The Impact of Rising Prevalence on the Societal Cost of Autism in the United States. J Autism Dev Disord (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05120-7


The cost of ASD in the US is estimated using a forecasting model that takes into account the true historical increase in ASD for the first time. The model inputs include ASD prevalence, census projections, six cost categories, ten age groups, inflation projections, and three future prevalence scenarios. Future ASD costs will increase dramatically: total costs for the base case are estimated to be USD 223 (175–271) billion / year in 2020; $ 589 billion / year in 2030, $ 1.36 trillion / year in 2040, and $ 5.54 trillion / year in 2060, with considerable savings potential through ASD prevention. The rising prevalence, the shift from child to adult costs, the transfer of costs from parents to the state and rising total costs raise pressing political questions and require an urgent focus on prevention strategies. Read here: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05120-7

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is the leading peer-reviewed journal focusing on all aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related developmental disorders.

JADD is published monthly and is committed to improving the understanding of autism, including possible causes and prevalence (e.g. genetic, immunological, environmental); Progress in diagnosis; and effective clinical care, training and treatment for all individuals. Studies on diagnostic reliability and validity, the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatments, and the effectiveness of psychiatric services are funded. JADD also seeks to advance the well-being of children and families by publishing academic papers on topics such as health policy, legislation, advocacy, culture and society, and services related to child and family mental health. Review articles are requested in specific areas of particular interest; Book and media reviews provide targeted updates on important new materials; and the Ask the Editor column serves as a forum for answering topical questions relevant to JADD’s broad readership.


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