For people with autism, families are critical. Parents ensure their children get the care and support they need from doctors, teachers, and therapists. Siblings help keep the bullies at bay, and they model appropriate behavior. Grandparents offer respite and unconditional love. Each family member plays a critical role in the child’s life. But families need help too. Support groups, book clubs, and social chatrooms help families learn more about autism, and sometimes, helpful connections form in these communities. You might emerge with good ideas you can put to use as you support the person you love.