Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking is a collection of essays written by the growing Autistic self-advocate community. I did not read Loud Hands, cover to cover, but dipped into it over about 6 weeks (before having to return it to the library). Like any collection of essays or short stories, the quality varies, but several of the pieces haunted me for days.
The best of the pieces in this volume should be required reading for parents new to Autism-land. Thankfully, many of the entries, such as Julia Bascom's breathtaking essay "Loud Hands" and Amy Sequenzia's piece "Why Autism Speaks Hurt Us" are also available from other online sources.