For a good site on Autism, I recommend the Autism Foundation: http://www.autism-society.org/…
For the neurology of autism:
Here is the Center for Disease Control site on Autism:
The “invisible disabilities” are still those most often leading to ridicule, blaming parents for causing their children’s problems, and social isolation. When your child is in a wheel chair, most people are understanding. When your child has a neurological issue such as autism, or the even less understood cousin, dyspraxia, your life is just as impacted as a parent, but, mostly, you deal with it alone.
Having raised two children with invisible disabilities, I know. One suffered from severe dyspraxia. Here is information on dyspraxia – http://www.ncld.org/index.php?… Dyspraxia is a “human hardware problem” you have probably never even heard of, right?
My husband and I were told we could not raise our dyspraxic son at home. I won’t repeat what we said, but I will admit the work needed to train a child who had to repeat actions like tying shoes or chewing and swallowing without vomiting thousands and thousands of of times to “get it right” is just not something most people understand. I am incredibly proud of our son who is now a senior at UMASS despite the professionals who thought he could not be educated. Well.
Dyspraxia is like a computer where none of the subroutines work, and every act has to be “cued” from a menu – for one analogy.
But humans don’t mind stupid – dyspraxia looks weird and the Michael Savages of the world are looking for someone to blame – not for a solution.