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Virginia 22201
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The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001; it is the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of its seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.

The mission of OAR is to apply research to the challenges of autism. OAR defines applied research as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of people with autism. It entails the systematic investigation of variables associated with positive outcomes in such areas as education, communication, self-care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community living. In this context, it extends to issues related to family support, the efficacy of service delivery systems, and demographic analyses of the autism community. OAR funds studies that address these issues, and uses knowledge gained from research to develop and disseminate resources that are relevant and responsive to the everyday experiences of the entire autism community.

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I work with a state department of education. I have utilized the Organization for Autism (OAR) resources since coming into my role at the state level. My primary position is to provide professional development across the state and I do this in many forms (phone, emails, in person workshops, ... more »
As a military family affected by autism, I'm grateful for OAR's work to address the challenges facing military families. Their Military Family Autism Journey Guide is one of the most comprehensive resources available today that address the unique challenges and needs of military families. It is a ... more »
I found OAR through a mutual friend and started volunteering by writing for the newsletter and blog. I have always been treated with gratitude and respect in all dealings with this organization. Thrilled to be part of OAR which is helping all families with autism... more »
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