It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to a child without ASD. Costs include health care, education, ASD-related therapy, family-coordinated services and caregiver time. For a child with more severe ASD, costs per year can increase to over $21,000. In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASD can cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year! 

Another well-known individual, Susan Boyle, known for surprising the judges and viewers with her incredible vocal skills on "Britian's Got Talent" in 2009 has released five albums, been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and won the Radio Forth Award in 2013 was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2012. As a child, she was diagnosed with brain damage, but she sought out a better diagnosis as an adult. She had said the diagnosis was a relief because she now has a "clearer understanding of what's wrong."

The Kids & Dreams Foundation hopes to get to a point soon where we can help children and their families with grants/scholarships to go towards therapies and behavioral interventions. The costs can be overwhelming and we hope to ease that burden on families in the future. Our mission continues to be to provide resources and options for families! We hope you will join with us in spreading the word and helping these families! 

Together we WILL make a difference. Continue to DREAM BIG with us! Also, help us reach 500 "likes" on Facebook during our #500forautism campaign this month!

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