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Autism in the Workplace: What I Learned as an Intern

Transitioning from college to the workforce is a difficult process for anyone, but there are even more challenges that come with it when you’re autistic. Even if you have a great educational background or an impressive resume, there are certain skills to be successful in the workplace that may not be intuitive to autistic people.…

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Understanding in the Workplace is More Than Accommodations

The lights are too bright. The smell of the carpet is too strong. The white noise machine has the opposite effect. The particulars of a workplace environment can stress an autistic individual from a sensory perspective. It’s likely you’ve already been told that, and maybe you’ve even taken steps to reduce those impacts, or you…

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Your Dedication Took Us Over the Finish Line in April!

Earlier this year, OAR laid out a set of ambitious goals to continue engaging community members in celebration of April’s Autism Acceptance Month. OAR staff worked with teachers, parents, clinicians, autistic individuals, employers, and researchers to support their local initiatives and increase autism acceptance. This recap describes what was accomplished in partnership with community supporters…

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Hire Autism Team Got Active for Autism

The Hire Autism Active for Autism 5k team, comprised of volunteers, supporters, and staff, came together in April to raise $3,804 for the Changing Lives Fund. OAR would like to extend a special thanks to team members Claudia Zacharias, Jeff Crawford, Brigit Parratore, Kayla Birdsall, Caitlin Schaefer, Amanda Rioux, Forrest Short, Alana Thomas, Julie Beeker,…

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Finding a Summer Job or Internship in College

Maybe you’re looking for experience in your desired career field. Or maybe your parents said it’s time for you to pay for some things on your own. Or maybe you just want to make some money over the summer to open a savings account. Whatever the reason, searching for a job or internship can be…

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Hire Autism Welcomes New Volunteers

Ten navigators and two regional ambassadors joined the Hire Autism team in April. By helping to refine resumes, cover letters, and interview skills, navigators play a vital role in equipping job seekers with the tools necessary to prepare them for the job search and meet their employment goals. Ambassadors use their personal experience and talents…

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Celebrate Autism Beyond April

While Autism Acceptance Month has now come and gone, we know many of you wish to remain active, do more for the cause, or start something new. Here are some ways to do just that. Volunteer your time Are you a parent, educator, or autistic individual who: Wants to share your unique advice or story…

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Let’s Celebrate National Autism Acceptance Month!

At OAR, we support local communities with valuable resources, assist autistic individuals preparing for employment, and raise funds to support autism research studies. Below are some ways you can join our mission and help make a difference. Goal 1: Support the autism community with information resources for autistics, families, educators, and professionals. OAR’s Life Journey…

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A Hire Autism Job Seeker Finds Success

Valerie Thompson, a later diagnosed autistic individual, found herself going to interviews and receiving positive feedback but not a final offer despite considerable tech industry experience. She turned to Hire Autism for help and was paired with Angela Herbert, a Hire Autism navigator. Over several weeks, the pair met virtually to discuss Thompson’s job search,…

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Autism Acceptance Month Is Around the Corner

As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, OAR is also looking ahead to the ambitious goals it has set for 2023, including goals for Autism Acceptance Month. Join us to promote autism awareness and acceptance across the autism community. Goal 1: Support the autism community with information resources (autistics, families, educators, professionals). OAR’s…

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