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2000 N. 14th Street
Suite 240

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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As the founder of Autism Plugged In and Bass for Autism, two organizations that are dedicated to supporting autism research, I can attest to OAR's integrity and efficiency as a charitable organization. They have been very accommodating and supportive of our projects, and have a message that ... more »
As the mother of a little 8 yr old girl with HFA, this organization has been invaluable. They have provided booklets to use when teaching her class about Autism (along with materials to teach 3 other classes). They have also provided training materials for all of the educators in her school. ... more »
I am Owner-Advocate/Consultant/Presenter for Ohio Special Education Advocacy & Consulting and P/T Shelter Advocate for Genesis House Domestic Violence Center, OAR has created and provided wonderful & useful resources for Families, Schools & Professionals. I have recommended the Organization for ... more »
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