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Press Release: OAR Awards Spring 2024 Peer Education Grants

Arlington, VA, April 5, 2024  – The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is excited to announce the recipients of its spring 2024 Peer Education Grant competition. This cycle, OAR is awarding eight grants totaling $28,258.50 to teach nearly 5,000 students about autism. Since 2012, OAR has helped educate more than 194,000 students and peers about…

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OAR Launches a Library for the Autism Community

OAR’s commitment to providing free resources to information for the autism community has just expanded with our new online lending library through Libby, by OverDrive. The library contains a wide range of autism-related titles for autistic individuals, parents, and professionals. You can also access many of OAR’s titles, including A Guide to Safety, A Guide for…

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OAR Awards 10 New Peer Education Grants

This spring, OAR awarded $28,258 to support 10 peer education grants through its Peer Education Grant Program. With these grants, OAR has helped educate more than 193,000 children through the Kit for Kids since 2012. The grant program seeks to support projects that have the goal of promoting autism awareness and acceptance among K-12 public schools, nonprofits,…

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Autism Acceptance Month is Here!

OAR supports local communities with valuable resources, assists autistic individuals preparing for employment, and raises funds to support autism research studies. You can join our mission and help make a difference. Here’s how you can help.  Goal 1: Support the autism community with information (autistics, families, educators, professionals).  OAR’s collection of guidebooks, manuals, curricula, and…

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Promoting Friendship in the Classroom for Autistic Students

Perhaps the most common myth about autistic children is that they do not have the ability, motivation, or desire to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with others, including friendships with peers. This, for the most part, is not true. There is no doubt that autistic children have social deficits and communication or language delays that…

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OAR’s Spring Webinar Series Starts March 20

Join OAR and a series of expert presenters to learn evidence-based strategies to help nurture a positive school culture and teach practical skills that lead to greater independence. Together, let’s help autistic students unlock a greater sense of happiness, independence, and sense of belonging. If you are a teacher, parent, or autistic individual, do not…

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Using Speech-Generating Devices to Teach Language Skills

In November, OAR’s Board of Directors authorized funding for eight applied autism research studies in 2024. These new grants, totaling $297,569, bring OAR’s total research funding to more than $5 million since 2002. This article is the second of eight previews to be featured in The OARacle this year. Despite the growing body of autism…

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Let’s Get Ready for April Autism Acceptance Month

As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, OAR is also looking ahead to the ambitious goals it has set for 2024, including goals for Autism Acceptance Month. Join us to promote autism awareness and acceptance in your community and across the country.   Goal 1: Support the autism community with information (autistics, families, educators,…

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