If you want to see, up close and personal, what it's like to raise a daughter with severe autism, check out this blog: http://autismasithappens.blogspot.com/. The mother, Suzanne Amara, has kept this blog for the last six years, since her daughter was diagnosed at the age of three. I stumbled on the blog when I was trying to locate Suzanne for another reason. It's beautifully written, and is the best description of autism I've ever read. You won't find it depressing. It's really about how understanding follows love.