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Announcing 2024 Youth Art Contest Winners

Thank you to all the talented artists who participated in OAR’s 2024 Youth Art Contest. With entries from 125 artists across 24 states and five countries, the response was truly inspiring. Every submission beautifully captured the theme of “growth” in unique and heartfelt ways. What an amazing turnout for our fourth annual contest! Grand Prize…

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OAR Staffer Takes On A New Role

Long-time OAR staff member Rachel Luizza was recently promoted to director of development and marketing. When asked about her new job, she said that she is “excited to continue supporting the growth of OAR by building a stronger brand and community of supporters. By doing this, OAR will be able to reach more people within…

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RUN FOR AUTISM Athletes Spring Ahead for OAR

Fifty-nine RUN athletes have raised over $56,000 this spring, dedicating their Chevron Houston Marathon and United Airlines NYC Half Marathon miles to autism research.  In January, 20 runners participated in Chevron Houston Marathon events from the 5k to the marathon. Many team members, including Houston runner Cecilia Jones, were inspired by a personal connection to autism.…

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Hire Autism Has a New Resource and New Featured Articles

Hire Autism recently added two new resources to its website to support autistic adults in finding meaningful employment. Job Scam Resource Unfortunately, job scams pose a real risk to job seekers searching for their next employment opportunity. With this in mind, Hire Autism wrote Job Scams: What to Look for and Common Red Flags to…

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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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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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Sex Education Guide Created for Autistic Young People

Comprehensive sexual education is key to acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills for developing healthy relationships, good sexual health, and safety. However, it is often a daunting topic that contains nuanced questions on sensitive issues. Paired with hidden social cues and the complexities of modern-day dating, young autistic people can often find themselves struggling. OAR’s online…

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Meet the Newest Hire Autism Navigators

Hire Autism welcomed two new groups of navigators in January and February. Eight volunteers, from various personal and professional backgrounds, made up the two groups. They are: Arielle Belanger Ashley Perez Brian Posner Jai Jain Jessica Olson Steven Egee Sylvia Musselman Thomas Templer These newest navigators are eager to get started helping autistic job seekers…

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