The day my son was officially diagnosed as
Autistic, the hospital gave me a little book about autism.
I can't find it right now, so I can't tell you the name of it,
but I read it that night. It compared having an Autistic
child as going to Holland and a "typically developing"
child as going to Italy. They are both really nice places
to go. Italy may seem more glamorous, but Holland is very
beautiful also. At the time, I was annoyed by what it was
saying, but I guess I'm getting used to
a database that will allow families dealing with autism to
register online, so if they're in a hurricane or other disaster
zone, they'll be called by volunteers to make sure they're all
right and see what kind of help they need." Autistic
kids get special attention, by Janet Kornblum, USA Today, Life
Section, September 22, 2005.