To those with autistic children.... there is hope!!
Our son is autistic, and the first 8 or so years were very very hard for all -primarily due to his lack of comprehension and language. By 12 I did not believe he would ever be independent.
At 15 he is planning to go to college and wants to learn to drive. He has challenges, but will go to college.
Most important he is also the most delightful young man to have around.