A few months ago i met with a group of mums with young autistic children. I was very impressed with the amount of services they receive, compaired to the support we got all those years ago!!
In 'those' days (i have a birthday approaching so feel old!) there was not much information around. I didn't have a PC and my medical book just said; refrigerator mother and ineducable. The only aspie authors around were Donna Williams and Temple Grandin. Their books were my bibles.
Now there is more support and a wealth of information at the touch of your fingers on the Internet. Especially by autistic people. So i sincerely hope this generation and the ones to follow will have an easier time in a more understanding world.
C and i do our bit! We educate the public every time we go out!! And the schools that he has attended have been on very steep learning curves with him!
However i do feel very fortunate i did not have him 20 or even 30 years earlier. I very much feel for those children and families.
So even though i may not always feel it, progress is happening.
And long may it continue.