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Review for Organization For Autism Research Inc, Arlington, VA, USA
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, networking at conferences, presenting at conference sectionals, and keynotes).
It has been fantastic to be able to refer families and educators to common resources which are high quality, evidence based, come in multiple formats (booklets, downloadable printable documents, online videos, dvds) and are FREE! I have used both the English and Spanish versions of presentation materials from OAR in various presentations. Currently I am thrilled to be able to provide educators with yet another high quality free resource from OAR - their Understanding Autism DVD: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers. Although these videos are geared towards secondary teachers, I feel they are a great resource for anyone working in schools with students on the autism spectrum.
The staff at OAR have been incredible in response to my interest in these videos. I have arranged to receive several free copies to distribute to regional program support teachers in the field of autism as well as receive several copies to provide to school sites who are developing professional learning communities to assist students with autism. I also was very easily able to talk with OAR staff to provide two webinar opportunities for educators and families to learn more about these resources and share stories of successful interventions for students with autism in public school settings.
It is very hard to find quality national non-profit resources which are free and transfer to both families and educators. I am glad OAR is there to help fulfill this need.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Encourage them to continue to make videos for educators and families. Keep up the good work.
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