If I am ever in the position to fund a foundation for those with autism I know what my foundation would do. Provide the materials that every family needs but that no one ever thinks about.
1. A high quality laminator and an expense account at an office store for laminate. With all the visual schedules, pecs, and other pictures that are recommended and having to laminate them all this tool is invaluable. If you know someone whose child just got a diagnosis of autism and it seems fairly severe this is the one gift that will make a real difference.
2. Some sort of carpet cleaner .... he knows how to take off his own clothes, he enjoys nudity and really who doesn't? Even at 4 he is not potty trained, enough said.