My 5 year old nephew was recently officially diagnosed with autism, as a two on the three-level scale. I know next to nothing about autism and am seeking resources that will help me become more educated about the disorder. I would love recommendations on books, blogs, magazine articles, documentaries, etc.
I am particularly interested in learning about these things:
-- What is life like for a person with autism? (I do already know I want to read The Reason I Jump
-- What are the challenges parents face?
-- What is treatment like?
-- What is it like being the sibling of an autistic child?
-- Prevalence - are autism rates going up? That's what I have heard, but is it true?
-- Why does it seem to disproportionately affect boys?
-- Causes? Especially if the prevalence is increasing, why is it increasing? Why do some people believe vaccines are to blame?
-- How has autism been treated/viewed/approached historically?
I do know there are a ton of Metafilter posts tagged with autism and will be going through those as well.