I received this latest information in our ARC Newsletter.
In addition to the daily physical and emotional struggles that a special needs family endures, the financial burden can be simply overwhelming. The extra expenses and the need for a full time caregiver, who handles the medical and developmental issues, certainly have a major financial impact.
I must admit these statistics frighten me as I look ahead to the future. I imagine the financial statistics for single parent households with a special needs child are much worse. I know I will make it work somehow, but it certainly will be an uphill battle!
- It costs 3 times as much to raise a child with a disability compared to a child without a disability.
- Only 16% of mothers who have a child with a disability work (full or part time) compared to 61% of all mothers.
Caregivers are unable to work due to intensive care requirements of their child. Appropriate, trained childcare is lacking or cost prohibitive.
- 55% of families who have a child with a disability live in poverty.
- 84% of families who have a child with a disability are in debt (compared to 47% of all households).
* Statistics provided by the WA State Department of Health and American Association of People with Disabilities