Often people are unaware of how what they say can unintentionally cause hurt to parents of special needs children. These articles explain how such statements could (and often are) perceived, and offer some suggestions for how to interact with and support special needs families. Most people do want to be kind and considerate, but simply don’t have much experience dealing with disability.
There are also a couple of articles addressing acceptance (as opposed to awareness, as promoted during “Light it up blue” Autism Awareness month), discrimination, and one about church attendance, something that many families with Autism find difficult.
Autism Rights, Ethics and Priorities – John Elder Robison (an Autistic adult who writes very thoughtful and insightful articles)