Today’s economy is rough on families around the country, but there are some who are impacted more than others. Having a child with autism is an emotional, physical, and fiscal feat. Parents of autistic children have additional expenditures that can turn a middle-income family into a low-income family in a matter of months. Unfortunately, poverty amongst families with an autistic child is growing in the United States at a rapid rate, and there are not enough government-funded programs available to assist them. Families with autistic children do have options and assistance, but from privately funded organizations.
The Financial Impact of a Child With Autism
Many people do not know the costs associated with raising a child with autism. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 68 children is diagnosed with a form of autism. The severe financial strain associated with the diagnosis does not help the fact that the families with autistic children generally earn 28 percent less than families with non-autistic children.
Typical costs for an autistic child include, but are not limited to:
Parents with autistic children are not alone. Privately funded organizations, such as ASDF, offer financial assistance to families in need. These organizations offer scholarships and other financial aid to help pay for social skills camps, holiday purchases, swimming lesson costs, iPad purchases, and other therapeutic treatments not covered by health insurance.
Parents who are struggling financially to provide for their autistic child do not have to feel alone. Though the government and health insurance industry has yet to catch up, privately funded organizations like ASDF understand the financial impact associated with autism and strive to help families cope emotionally and financially.
If you have a child with autism and want to learn more about programs that can help, visit www.myASDF.org. ASDF is a charity that supports children with autism spectrum disorders by providing education, information, and financial assistance to their families and relevant community service organizations. Funds donated to ASDF are used to address any and all kinds of issues in assisting children with autism and their families. Visit www.myASDF.org, email info@myASDF.org, or call 877.806.0635 for more information and to see how you can help.