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NE Tennessee woman seeks service dog for autistic and deaf son

Nick Shepherd, NET News Service • Nov 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Standing on the front porch of his home in Rogersville, Jakob Nicastro is wide-eyed. The wind has picked up, and he is pointing it out to his mother, Misha.Misha brings her hands to her eyes and tells Jakob she sees the wind. He stares for a few more moments with the wonder only a child has before turning and heading inside.Jakob is like a lot of 6-year-old boys. He loves to swim, likes playing on the iPad and enjoys being outside. He is curious about lots of things and loves cupcakes.But Jakob is also different from other 6-year-olds. He was born deaf and has been diagnosed with severe autism.

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