Organization For Autism Research Inc
Rating: 5 stars 55 55 reviews 3,813
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.
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As a mother to a young man with autism, I have had the opportunity of working with many organizations that serve the autism population over the past 20 years. I was pleased to connect with OAR and learn about the work they are doing to support the autism community. Many organizations are unwilling to actually listen to their clients, but not OAR. They are open minded and responsive to those they are serving. This is a great organization that I am happy to support.
I am a Penguin Group (USA) author with Asperger's syndrome and have had the honor of writing blog entries for Organization for Autism Research, Inc. among remaining involved in their endeavors for the autism community. It continues to impress me how much they have accomplished to help my peers on the autism spectrum and have encouraged me to continue writing even when it is difficult to find the energy. Most important, they encourage individuals like me to better ourselves and seek employment as well as other opportunities that rage against the so-called limitations of people on the autism spectrum. It will be a pleasure to help them in any way within the future and know they will do the same for me!
- Jesse A. Saperstein Author of "Atypical" and "Getting a Life with Asperger's"
OAR has been a valued supporter of our organization for the past few years. They continually provide quality resources that are utilized in the home, school setting, and by working professionals in the state of Wisconsin. They have also been a great connection to experts in the field. Through their networking systems we have been connected to renowned speakers who have provided presentations highly attended and appreciated by our members. We are very grateful for this organization and look forward to building upon our partnership for years to come.
OAR is an excellent non-profit. For some families of individuals with autism, it is an essential first stop after they hear a diagnosis. The same goes for educators, law enforcement, and other professionals looking to learn about autism and foster acceptance within their community.
I have worked extensively with OAR for the last few years, and I am very impressed both professionally and personally with their professionalism, passion and dedication the ASD community. They are hands down the premiere research organization and my 'go to' professionals for significant research and subject matter. Their guides produced are comprehensive and easily understood by the target audience - I recommend them without reservation.
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 supporters can easily get behind. I've been raising funds for OAR for years now, and will continue to do so in the future! Keep up the good work, guys.
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. Having teachers (and fellow classmates) who have been trained in Autism (and how to best teach her) has been instrumental in helping her to reach her full potential. I have only great things to say about OAR.
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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 Autism Research website to many families and professionals looking for practical & useful information and materials in the areas of transition, sexuality, safety, health/wellness, etc. I encourage everyone to sign up for the OARacle to receive up-to-date, current information on a vareity of subjects and issues related to autism. Keep up the great work Ben and the others at OAR!
Barbara Rutt, S.W.A.
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As the Executive Director of Autism Speaks, the National Capital Area Chapter, I am proud to say that we have and continue to partner with Organization for Autism Research on a number of initiatives. They have created quality resources that are practical and valuable for schools in the area (e.g. “Curriculum in a Box”) as well as other materials, such as resources for siblings with autism. I would recommend any family, individual or organization connected to autism to navigate their site and browse through the great materials they have to offer.
Autism Speaks, NCA
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I am the Program Manager at the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and have used OAR and their materials on many occasions. I am especially fond of their programs that can be used to teach awareness of autism in the middle school. I have handed out the materials for parents to share with their child's school, to teachers to use in their classrooms as well as even requesting materials for entire schools to share this program with their students. OAR has always been enthusiastic and happy to fulfill these requests. A special thanks to Ben as well as the entire organization.