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Reflecting on OAR’s Impact

With 2023 coming to a close, we are reflecting on OAR’s impact over this year. As we prepare to close out another year, we look back on OAR’s impact on the autism community. From the Life Journey Through Autism Series and programs like the Kit for Kids and siblings’ resources to applied research grants, we’ve…

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New Jersey School District Rolls Out Kit for Kids

Hillsborough Township became the first school district in New Jersey to roll out OAR’s Kit for Kids program in elementary school classrooms. The Kit for Kids is OAR’s peer education initiative for teaching elementary and middle school students about their autistic peers and promoting acceptance of autistic students in the classroom. The Hillsborough Township Board…

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Community Grant Competition Is Open for Applications

OAR and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) invite autistic individuals and the people who surround them to submit an application for the 2024 Community Grant Competition. Dedicated to funding community resources that enhance the quality of life of autistic individuals, the Community Grant Competition provides one-time grants ranging between $1,000 and…

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Autism Training for Sexual Assault Counselors Is Now Available

Autism Training for Sexual Assault Counselors is designed for college sexual assault counselors to provide them with information about autism and guidance on working with autistic survivors of sexual assault. The 90-minute training includes three modules: Autism Sexual assault and autism Counseling sexual assault survivors who are autistic   The modules are designed to provide learners…

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Training Early Intervention Providers to Screen for ASD

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) provides special education services to eligible infants and toddlers from birth until their third birthday. Part C services are mandated to take place within the natural environment, meaning interventions must take place in settings where an infant or toddler naturally spends their time such…

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Creating a Supportive Space for Autistic Students in College

If you’ve had the privilege of working with an autistic student in a college setting, you understand how important it is to ensure they feel welcome and included. In this blog post, we’re going to explore why creating an inclusive environment matters for our autistic students, and we’ll share some practical tips for college professors…

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OAR Awards Eight New Peer Education Grants

OAR takes great delight in introducing the fall 2023 Peer Education Grant recipients. Launched in 2012, the Peer Education Grant Program supports projects that promote autism awareness and acceptance among nonprofits, communities, libraries, and K-12 public schools using OAR’s peer education resources. This fall, OAR awarded $12,669 to support eight projects. In total, OAR has…

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College and Mental Health: An Interview with Nyla Cooper

OAR interviewed Nyla Cooper, a 2022 Synchrony Family Scholarship winner, and member of OAR’s Scholars’ Society, about the impact of mental health on her college experience. Nyla is a junior in the ARTs Foundation, majoring in Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, who is passionate about the arts. Art has aided her through her struggles…

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Apply for a Peer Education Grant

Since 2012, OAR has helped educate over 184,000 children through the Peer Education program. OAR’s commitment to peer education continues with a new cycle of grant funding beginning on September 15 for projects starting as early as April 1, 2024. Anyone who is interested in creating a project that promotes autism awareness and acceptance in…

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Students Invited to Apply for the Graduate Research Grant

OAR invites graduate students in the United States and abroad to submit research proposals for the annual Graduate Research Grant Program. Applications for proposals will open Monday, September 11 with a deadline of Monday, February 5, 2024. The maximum award for master’s candidates is $1,000, while doctoral and post-doctoral candidates are eligible for a maximum award…

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