Autism is a rather challenging disorder for a kid and the whole family, but fortunately the outlook nowadays is better than it used to be before. A generation ago, most children suffering from autism were usually placed in special medical institutions.
Nowadays, using the right and timely treatment, most symptoms of the illness may be improved, although some symptoms will remain. As a matter of fact most autistic people can live in the community or with the families.
Actually the outlook of autism depends on the disease severity and the treatment used.