I've been following a blog for a while by Jeremy Robb. He's a Linux nerd which is how I came upon him, but turns out he's also the dad of an autistic son. He's chronicled the experience of learning to adapt to his son's condition and it's a great resource for anyone in a similar boat. His most recent post is an excellent story and would be a nice place to start from.
I'm really not sure why I'm so interested in autism. Something about it just strikes me. Maybe it's the fact that when I was in first grade my teacher thought I was autistic. Who knows, maybe I am. At this point in my life I doubt it's really worth investigating. It just really concerns me that lately so much bad information about autism has been going around, and I'd really like to get the word out so that people who are truly autistic can get the correct help and understanding.