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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 am a student of Psychology from the United Kingdom, and managed to attain an internship with OAR during the summer of 2014. This internship was one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences, particularly considering my areas of study and interest. The staff are driven and supportive; without ... more »
Interning with OAR this past spring was one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences of my college career. Not only did the staff go out of their way to make me feel welcome and part of the team, but I was able to work on a project (called Autism in the Schoolhouse) that was relevant to my ... more »
OAR is a great organization that is one of the few out there funding applied research. They are so willing to help anyone in need whether it be parents, autism professionals, school teachers, or military families. Keep up the good work OAR... more »
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