The education and understanding of those around the person with autism is the solution to the growing autism challenges faced in the world at large.
An individual with autism (and the way they think) is not sick, broken, wrong or bad. They process the world in a different way than those who are neuro-typical, and when we judge them by traditional standards, we all lose.
With the proper training and support, individuals with autism are able to live full and productive lives to the same degree that they would if they were not on the autism spectrum.
Autism effects every member of the family.
The key to success in working with someone with autism is focusing on building the individuals strengths and offering support where needed; this requires a deep understanding of how individuals with ASD process, record, and view the world around them.
The world needs to meet individuals on the autism spectrum part way wherever possible. Demanding that an individual with ASD figure out how to “fit in” to a social environment without regard for their differences is a disservice to the individual.