Read the quote below. The same could be said of developmental disabilities - ESPECIALLY autism. It will be interesting to find out where future adults with autism will live, in homes with parents, group homes, or prisons. Will our prison system become the new mental health hospital like California?
I always grapple with the problem of balancing resources among other disabilities (cerebal palsy, rhetts, ADHD, children in wheelchairs or on feeding tubes, etc.) and national needs (military, medicaid, AIDS research, etc.).
Here is a great article from Schaeffer Autism report that discusses one person's perspective of just such problem.
Try to take a course in basic autism and the grieving process from someone like Sharone Lee of Threshold. This will lead to research and determining an educational methodology (see below) via books, listserves, and networking with parents.
Research and consider simple vitamin therapies/supplements (B6, Magnesium, DMG)