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We support all members of the autism community

About OAR

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001 – the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s 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.
Who We Are

A charity like OAR doesn’t succeed on its own.

We rely on people’s generosity, time, and assistance to help fund research studies,
produce and distribute guides and more.
Volunteer your time

OAR always has a need for people
with time, talent, and muscle.

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Give Financially

87 cents of every dollar you contribute
funds the programs you see on this site.

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Run for Autism

You don’t have to run a marathon! You can
walk, complete a triathalon, and more.

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What do we do?

We’re dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by autism by supporting research that produces meaningful and practical results. We also keep families, educators, self-advocates, and professionals informed by delivering free, evidence-based resources and information everyday.

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News & Events

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments, news, stories and events.


15 Years of Excellence

At the annual meeting of OAR’s Scientific Council in Columbus, Ohio, last month, we conducted...

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Upcoming Events

Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Houston, TX

New Orleans Tough Mudder

New Orleans, LA

United Airlines NYC Half

New York City, NY


We provide evidence-based resources that help families, self-advocates, educators, and other professionals address the challenges autism presents.

Navigating the Special Education System

Designed for parents, this guide offers the information and tools needed to successfully navigate the education system anywhere in the country.


A Guide to Safety

This guide was written by parents, first responders, educators, and community members who share their strategies and resources to address safety threats that commonly arise during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.


A Guide for Military Families

Military sources indicate that more than 13,000 military dependents, the majority of them children, have some form of autism.


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