The annual cost of autism in the UK totals just under £28 bn, a new report has found.
The "Economic Consequences of Autism in the UK" report has revealed that the highest autism costs for adults are generated by health and social provision at 59%.
Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, said: "These figures illustrate the real cost of autism and give serious weight to the argument that more resources are needed to intervene early and effectively in the lives of those affected by the condition."
He adds that early intervention would help individuals with autism and their families experience a better quality of life and reduce the high costs incurred in later years.
Hiliary Gilfroy, UK chief executive of research charity Autism Speaks, said: "We now know what autism coss us but we still do not know what causes it or how best to intervene.
"These huge costs dwarf the tiny amount we spend on autism research, which must rise if we are to reduce the social as well as economic impact of this isolating and disabling condition." Learning disabilties