Objectives: Aims were: to estimate direct and indirect costs of ASD for a sample of adults across the spectrum of functional abilities, to assess the types of healthcare and adult support services used, and to explore what individual factors inhere the greatest financial burden to families and society.
Methods: Direct assessment data were collected from 70 adults with ASD and their caregivers. Data concern functional ability, residential status, daytime occupation, and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. Caregivers completed an adapted version of the Client Service Receipt Inventory (CSRI; Beecham & Knapp, 2001), resulting in detailed data about specific services used, out-of-pocket expenditures, and indirect costs.
Results: Cost data specific to age, functional ability level, and co-occurring conditions will be presented. Results will be compared and contrasted to existing information about costs of ASD for subgroups and using different sources.
Conclusions: Information concerning costs of ASD in adulthood is necessary to balance resource allocation against maximizing opportunities for individuals with ASD. Results from this study suggest relative financial burdens related to specific characteristics that may aid in development and selection of interventions.
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