When a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy or another disability, parents may wonder what types of costs they should expect to confront in the coming years. Our Cost Guide can help your family break down financial matters, learn about what resources and care your child may need, and better understand how to mitigate costs. Join us as we take a closer look at the costs associated with different disabilities and dive deeper into explaining how costs accumulate over a child’s lifetime.


Most of the numbers we present in this cost analysis are estimates and averages, not exact figures. When available, we extracted averages from research articles or governmental websites (such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics). We also also gathered numbers from cost projections that our financial experts provided, and relied on blogs and popular cost-comparison websites to fill in the gaps. Our aim is to consolidate the available information into a single guide for families to use as they prepare their financial plans. You may also notice that some of the prices given do not have citations; these numbers are averages and estimates taken from prices listed by several manufacturers, providers, and planners. Others, particularly those reported as “lifetime costs,” reflect medical malpractice settlement amounts for children who have cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury (during litigation, anticipated expenses are broken down into categories).

Overall, this piece is meant to give parents of young children with cerebral palsy and other complex health needs a general sense of the expenses they might incur – not to provide an exact budget. Costs associated with treating and managing cerebral palsy vary widely depending on an individual’s needs, lifestyle, and preferences.

We hope this cost guide is a helpful resource for families of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The information in this guide is intended to help families become acquainted with the resources and equipment their child may need throughout their life - not to provide an exact budget. Factors such as individual medical needs, location, and personal preferences may cause these expenses to vary widely.


For extensive information on disability resources, diagnoses, and more, visit the HIE Help Center, a site designed to support and inform the families and loved ones of children with disabilities including cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), and more.


The HIE Help Center provides information and educational materials to families of children with HIE to help them navigate the diagnosis.


HIE Help Center

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122 Concord Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

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