There are a few things that I feel like I really can't know enough about and autism is one of those.
Besides discovering new treatments, therapies, supplements, and methods of communication, education can be a very valuable tool in creating awareness and understanding in those not familiar with special needs.
I came across an article called "11 Myths About Autism" and thought it might be interesting reading for some of you. It's brief and won't take you long to read but the information it contains is quite helpful.
It might also be a handy tool to pass along to those people (even family members!) who are not quite sure what to make of a child with autism.
And while we're on the subject, there's a popular essay written by Emily Perl Kingsley called Welcome to Holland. It's one of the greatest ways to explain autism through the use of an illustration that I think all of us can relate to.
Take the time to read and educate yourself about special needs. It won't be the same as living it day in and day out, but a little understanding goes a long way.
And special needs parents deeply appreciate the effort.