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Feb 20, 2012 -- 4:49 pm
Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic savant in 1988’s Rain Man helped flesh out the face of autism in America. House of Cards followed in 1993 and tells the story of a mother who tries to reconnect with her autistic daughter following a family tragedy. In 1998, the thriller Mercury Rising made its debut in theaters and dealt with a top secret government code that was cracked by a nine-year-old autistic boy.

From the Chanute Tribune: Nikki and Phil Jacobs of Chanute have no Hollywood script, no big budget production outfit, no agents, no award-winning cast and no red carpet ambiance to tell their story.

Instead, they share small-town life with their two year-old daughter Raylin, who has been diagnosed with autism. The family of three has joined forces to begin an autism support group, with the first meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church in Chanute.

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