Understanding the Impact of an Autism Fundraiser
There’s a whole list of expenses that comes along with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in a child. Children with autism often need special medical care, special education and specially-targeted therapy. Starting an autism fundraiser can really help take some of the pressure off families who are dealing with autism and all the complications that come along with it.
What kind of expenses are associated with autism spectrum disorder?
The cost of medical services for children on the autism spectrum averages more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States, according to a study in Pediatrics. Families spend an extra $3,000 a year for doctor visits and prescriptions for children with autism compared with children who are not on the spectrum.
In addition to the medical costs, children with autism often need special education and day care, the cost of which can be burdensome for a family. One survey found that special ed racked up the heftiest expenses, even more than medical bills, costing families an average of $8,600 per year. Therapy and experimental treatments add to the burden.
The total is no pocket change, and can really take a financial toll on a family who is already dealing with emotional hardships.
How can you help a family dealing with autism?
If you know a family who’s dealing with autism, you may be at a loss for how to help. That’s not your fault. It can be hard to relate to the difficulties families face when dealing with a child who has autism. And families can feel very isolated and alone because of these unique difficulties. But there are a number of ways to show your support, and starting an autism fundraiser is a good place to start.
Fundraising events that raise awareness and money for autism research and treatment already exist around the country. Check out Team Up! with Autism Speaks for active events where proceeds go to autism research.
Starting your own event can also be a good way to show support as the close friend of a family in need. Fundraising events can include anything from cookouts to bake sales to car washes and can raise a lot of money to support families with autism. Check out our list of fundraising ideas for more.
Online fundraising is a great way to show your support and raise money to help with expenses associated with autism. Starting a fundraising page on a site like GiveForward allows you to fundraise even from the other side of the country, or world. Our comments and hugs features allow friends and family to show their love, which create a community of support and helps families dealing with autism feel less isolated.