Did you know that it may cost $3.2 million to care for an autistic child over his or her lifetime?

As if that wasn’t bad enough, families with autistic children earn almost $18,000 less per year than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report out from the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Interestingly, dads of autistic children were just as likely to work and earned just as much as dads of kids without disabilities. But moms were a different story. Compared with mothers of non-autistic children, moms with autistic children were less likely to be employed, worked fewer hours per week, and brought home less a lot less.

Given that $3.2 million pricetag, it’s no wonder that at least one parent had to work full time. Someone’s got to provide health insurance for the family and have enough left over to pick up the additional disability-related costs.

I’d love to look into this more. If you have an autistic child, please let me know if you’d be up for being interviewed.