The cost-benefits of early investment

This presentation by Sarah Lambert, Head of Policy, The National Autistic Society outlines the  cost-benefits of preventative support for people with autism.

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Preventative support includes

  • Employment skills training
  • Social skills training
  • Befriending
  • Social groups
  • Travel training
  • Advocacy
  • Independent living skills training (including managing money etc)
  • Speech and language therapy

Sarah demonstrates the impact on individuals of not providing this type of support, including:

  • Isolation
  • Crisis – Acute services which are very expensive, with inpatient mental health care costing between £200 and £300 per day.
  • Criminal Justice – high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome may be disproportionately represented among the prison population, and that a proportion of these detentions could potentially have been avoided through appropriate early intervention and case management.
  • Cost to carers – those caring for someone with autism, a staggering 83% care for over 50 hours a week.