Thursday, January 13, 2011
The High Cost of Autism: One Parent's Tale
Jonathan Berr, a financial writer and media columnist, offers his perspective on having a child with autism. He is a former reporter with Bloomberg News whose work has appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Having an autistic child can be as big a challenge financially as it can be psychologically.
Parents often spend thousands of dollars in the hopes, fleeting as they may be, of finding a cure for the exasperating illness. Autism Spectrum Disorders are developmental disabilities that affect one out 110 children -- a number that includes my four-year-old son, Jacob.