I really appreciated this post at Snarkshelf - it isn't long, you should read it. I think by now we are all aware of the growing numbers of kids diagnosed with Autism. We probably all know someone who has a child on the spectrum or perhaps your family knows firsthand what it is like. I think anyone who is not in the latter category cannot claim to really get it, to know what it is like. We're totally gonna mess up sometime in our relationship with those families who are experiencing autism firsthand - do or say something awkward or insensitive. But, I appreciated Karen's comments because they seemed so authentic and raw. It helped me to "get it" a little better in a way in which other things I've read have not.