We are the Organization for Autism Research, better known as OAR. OAR is an organization founded and led by parents and grandparents of children with autism, who serve as the Board of Directors providing leadership, life experience, and heart.
If our parent leaders are the heart, our Scientific Council, 16 remarkable and equally dedicated autism professionals are the brain when it comes to our mission and research direction. They are not simply a list of names on letterhead; they are a “roll up your sleeves” team that we call on throughout the year to share their professional expertise and review the merits of all research grant applications.
While the Board and Scientific Council take care of strategy and big picture stuff, it is OAR’s staff, a retired Marine and six people who take OAR’s mission to heart, that answer the call every day. They work hard. They work as a team, and they care.
The last and most important piece of the OAR paradigm is the community we serve. It is strong. It is diverse. It is vocal. It is unyielding in its quest for answers. On one hand the community is our reason for being; on the other, it is the source from which we draw strength, support, inspiration, and the capacity to act and do good.
Parent led, science-based, community focused, we are OAR.
If you want to understand the spirit in which our leaders, volunteers, and staff operate, read the values that guide us in our mission.