It's not cutting edge stuff, having been published six years ago, but 2001 wasn't exactly the dark ages. Lots of good writing on the topic was available, which I won't cite here (feel free to request my Powerpoint on this if you don't know of any!)
Here's a quote from the article on the results of the study:
"Not only does it imply that emotional issues are relevant and important to people with autism, but there is an implication that the predominant experienced emotions are negative ones."
Specifically, depression, fear, alienation and frustration. That was all the investigators found in their survey of internet sites maintained by autistic adults in the year 2001. I'll admit I wasn't very aware of autism at the time. But checking the dates on sites I frequent reveals that there were indeed people writing and posting positive views of autism all the way back in 1998.
Anyway, here's the cover for my fact sheet. The inside includes information on the agenda of Autism Speaks, as well as directions to good, valid information on the web. Nothing makes me happier than getting a chance to do advocacy while fulfilling course requirements and playing with graphics, too.