Every 15 seconds someone in the United States sustains a head injury. Every five minutes someone dies from a head injury.

One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released March 27, 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A survivor of severe brain injury faces 5 to 10 years of intensive services and rehabilitation, the cost of which can exceed $4 million.

The cost of providing care for a person with autism in the U.S. is an estimated $1.4 million over their lifetime, according to a study funded by advocacy group Autism Speaks. For those with autism who are impacted with intellectual disabilities (with an IQ of 70 or less) -- nearly half of the population with autism -- the cost jumps to $2.3 million.
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