Organization For Autism Research Inc
Rating: 5 stars 71 71 reviews 4,539
2000 N. 14th Street Suite 240 Arlington VA 22201 USA
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.
Research: research encompassed the work of oar's scientific council as it pertains to the direction and selection of oar-funded research studies, funding research and general oversight of the research program.
information: informed and provided evidence-based resources for parents, families, educators, and other consumers in the autism community. The major components are: oar's web site, www. Researchautism. Org; the oaracle, oar's monthly e-newsletter; the "life journey through autism" series, consisting of eight community-friendly autism resource guides; the military families initiative, operation autism, www. Operationautismonline. Org; and the "autism in the school house" initiative.
education: formal structured educational forums and formats, such as conferences, seminars, and workshops on a specific topic or theme and web-based or printed materials designed along the same lines, and college/vocational scholarships for persons with autism. The primary vehicle is the conference-on-the-road program through which oar partners with selected autism organizations that host a conference to provide autism research and subject matter experts presenting on topics of high interest to the autism community. Oar conducted three in fy2015.
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The Organization for Autism Research plays an important role in advancing research by funding a variety of projects that impact the daily lives of individuals with autism and their families. Their support for our project about youth transitioning out of high school is helping to shed light on where young people need more support as they navigate the challenging shift into adulthood. Their numerous resources are also a big help for families!
I had the amazing pleasure of working with OAR earlier this year. Not only am I so impressed with the work that they do on a daily basis for Autism research and fundraising, but the caliber of their staff... having had an inside perspective, they are truly a "practice what you preach" organization. The team's dedication, passion and spirit was evident every time we spoke- I can't wait to see how they continue to serve and grow.
My name is Alex Klusman, and I am one of the applicants who applied for the Schwallie Family Scholarship. When I received a call in August from the Executive Director of OAR to tell me that I was awarded the scholarship, I was extremely proud! OAR has been an excellent nonprofit organization. Everyone in the OAR program has been extremely helpful. They were always reliable when I needed assistance with the application process. They explained everything in thorough detail step by step. They were excellent with answering all of my phone calls and replying back to me through email. The OAR committee even kept me posted through email when they were going through the process of selecting applicants for the Schwallie Family Scholarship, and telling selected applicants what documents they had to post. I am extremely impressed with how helpful and reliable the OAR committee has been. I have had to face the challenges with autism throughout my life, I am proud to support OAR. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible.
My name is Ed Klusman. My experience with OAR has been fantastic. I first became acquainted with OAR as a father of a son with autism. My son Alex is a junior at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. We found out about OAR through the disability office at Oakland. They suggested that Alex might qualify for a scholarship through OAR, in this case the Schwallie Family Scholarship. We looked it up on the OAR website, and then contacted the organization. Everyone at OAR was great, friendly, helpful, and professional. Wendy McKinnon was such a great help, and answered so many questions for both Alex and I. Alex was excited to apply, and to write the essays about the challenges he has faced, school plans, accomplishments, and future plans. The support from OAR staff was exceptional through out the process. Alex was so proud when he was informed that he was one of the students awarded the scholarship. OAR is an outstanding organization, and has my familie's gratitude. We will be ongoing supporters of OAR and the incredible work they do. Keep up the great work!
OAR is a phenomenal organization, one that focuses on autism research that will prove useful to individuals on the spectrum and their families in the real world. Thanks to OAR's generosity, I am currently conducting a study on outcomes for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that will provide insights into what is happening in the community "once the big yellow bus stops coming." Beyond funding research that makes a difference, OAR reaches out to families and service providers, offering insightful materials that I, as a professor, have often shared with colleagues, students, and families. I especially recommend the "Life Journey Through Autism" series!
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Our son was awarded a scholarship from OAR. This nonprofit is investing in young adults who are not able to attend a regular university but desire a collegiate experience. Scholarships for this sector of society are almost nonexistant. They were helpful during the application process. The Executive Director called my son personally to congratulate him on being selected. We are so blessed by their support.
We are thrilled to work with OAR and to be able to share their incredible resources with our families. We are grateful to them for partnering with us on our major two-day conference in Cleveland, and for all the incredible work that they are doing to serve the autism community.
OAR is an invaluable resource for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their families and community supporters. The organization emphasizes scientific research, benefiting people with autism, their families, therapists, etc, and helping fund researchers in need of support when studying what resources are effective. OAR provided funding for my dissertation research project in which I am analyzing the effects of a parent training course that is designed to reduce stress. Due to OAR's support, parents in the Washington, D.C. area were able to receive eight weeks of training for free. Additionally, I would not have been able to begin an ambitious project as a young researcher without their generosity and continued support. I hope to eventually turn this research project into a community resource, and that would not be a possibility without OAR's initial funding. The people who comprise OAR are wonderful to work with as well. Everyone at the organization is dedicated, positive, encouraging, extremely helpful, and kind.
I interned at OAR last year and it was an all-around great experience. Members of the organization are knowledgeable, professional, and truly care about the cause. Furthermore, they are in tune with the needs of the autism community and are always open to feedback. The resources OAR provides are accessible and informative, and the research they fund is high-quality. During my internship I saw first-hand how many lives are impacted by OAR. I proud to say that I worked for this amazing organization!
OAR is an excellent resource for families. It is also great for small organizations to provide tools to the many families they service. The material they provide is invaluable and is easy to read, understand and digest in order to help you care for or provide services to those diagnosed with autism. It is also great that there staff is friendly as well as knowledgable.
Thank you OAR for your resources.