Jayne Lytel, a writer and parent of a child who has been mainstreamed in school, has created an interesting timeline with highlights of the history of autism, from the first recorded use of the term in 1911 to the present day. It's an interesting and easy to read presentation of information you may have picked up in other places that was meant for academic researchers. You can view it here.
Jayne is scheduled to publish a book,
"Act Early Against Autism," in March 2008, which recounts what she has learned as the parent of a child who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder; according to her website, the book will include chapters on therapies her son found beneficial and insights into the financial demands that an autism diagnosis can place on a family.