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  • Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
  • 23 million Americans have multiple disabilities
  • 18.2% of our population have disabilities that restrict them from venturing from their homes without assistance
  • Of the 3.4 million veterans with service connected disabilities, nearly 600,000 are disabled at 70% or greater
  • Tennessee has an estimated 495,000 veterans, approximately 13,000 are 70% or greater disabled
  • If only 10% of Tennessee's disabled veterans would benefit by use of a service dog, we would need 1300 dogs
  • 1.5 million American children suffer from autism
  • Autism rates are increasing at 10-17% annually
  • Autism rates increased 1200% from 1987-2007
  • Lifetime costs of caring for an autistic child is between $3.5 million and $5.0 million