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Make an impact this holiday season with a gift to help build acceptance, fund research, and provide free support to the autism community.

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Apply for a Community Grant

OAR is awarding up to $10,000 to community leaders to develop and distribute autism information resources to address critical physical and mental health challenges.

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RUN FOR AUTISM

Join the RUN FOR AUTISM team for the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and dedicate your miles to OAR and autism research!

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Free Job Search Support

Hire Autism has mentors, called Navigators, who can work with you on aspects of the job search, including resume, cover letter, and interview prep.

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We support all members of the autism community

Families

Families

The diagnosis of autism is a life-changing event. Through informed action and the use of treatments and interventions that match your child’s autism, you can enhance your child’s quality of life.

OAR provides resources to support families from diagnosis to adulthood and beyond.

Educators

Educators

School is critical for autistic students to develop academic, social, and life skills necessary for independence.

OAR offers free resources and grant opportunities to educators to help support autistic students in the classroom and foster a culture of acceptance

Self-Advocates

Self-Advocates

Navigating high school, college, and the job market can be both exciting and challenging for anyone, including autistic teens and adults.

OAR offers scholarships, employment mentorship, and resources to help meet the needs of autistic individuals.

Researchers

Researchers

OAR focuses solely on funding applied research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of those with autism.

OAR’s applied and graduate research grant competitions offer researchers funding to address issues affecting autistic individuals, their families, teachers, and service providers.

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 autistic children and adults, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that autistic individuals, their parents, families, teachers, and caregivers confront daily.

No other autism organization has this singular focus.

About Us

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.

OAR's Impact

OAR is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone impacted by autism by supporting research that produces meaningful and practical results. We keep autistic individuals, families, educators, and professionals informed by offering free, evidence-based resources and information every day.

See Our Impact

1 in 44 children

in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism.

Over $4.4 million

in support of autism research.

79% of funds

go directly to research and services.

Over $1.5 million

in scholarships to autism students.

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