Moms of Autistic Children Work Less, Earn Less

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by Frederik Joelving Reuters

March 19, 2012

U.S. families with autistic children earn nearly $18,000 less than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report.

The gap is mainly due to mothers not having a job or working fewer hours, researchers found.
“The needs of children with autism really straddle a number of service systems and there is a tremendous amount of finger pointing in terms of who’s going to pay,” said David Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Mothers are leaving the workforce to cobble this care together for their kids…more…

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