Health economist make it their business to find out just how much it costs to take care of a person with autism spectrum condition over a lifetime.
In the case of Great Britain such estimate are £2.9 million for a high-functioning person and £4.7 million for a low-functioning person over a lifetime.
Most of the funding currently goes on living support. The social services and special education services are chronically short of funds and could easily use more to enhance and improve their work.
It is one thing to estimate the financial burden and other invaluable human costs which cannot be estimated. Clearly, it is imperative to ameliorate the burden of autism.