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Mike Maloney Honored for His Service

OCALI honored Mike Maloney, OAR’s former executive director, with the Jon Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award at OCALICON, its premiere autism and disabilities conference, on November 17, 2023. Mike Maloney served as OAR’s executive director from OAR’s founding in 2001 to December 2022. During his 21-year tenure, OAR funded over 308 research grants totaling more than…

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RUN FOR AUTISM Broke a Remarkable Record in 2023

2023 was a record-breaking year for the RUN FOR AUTISM program. Thanks to the fundraising efforts and hard-earned miles of 942 runners, walkers, and triathletes, the RUN FOR AUTISM team raised more than $1,060,000, a new OAR fundraising record marking the first time the program has raised over one million dollars. That achievement is even…

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2024 OAR Scholarship Applications Is Now Open

The application period for the 2024 OAR Scholarship Program opened on Monday, December 4, 2023, and remains open until Monday, April 22, 2024. Applicants may apply to only one of OAR’s scholarships, which include the Schwallie Family Scholarship, the Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship, and the Synchrony Scholarship for Autistic Students of Color. Each program offers…

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OAR Named as a “2023 Top-Rated Nonprofit”

The major charity-rating website, GreatNonprofits, has recognized OAR as a “top-rated” nonprofit organization for the 14th year in a row. GreatNonprofits provides a platform for community members to share testimonials about the impact of nonprofit organizations. OAR’s recognition is based on reviews by OAR friends, volunteers, and community partners who provided overwhelmingly positive feedback during this year’s…

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A New Way to Support OAR and the Autism Community

OAR has created a way for those who love to stream to combine their favorite creative pursuit with their support for OAR. Through Stream for Autism, you can use your love of gaming, crafting, cooking, music, or another activity to raise awareness and raise funds for OAR. Stream for Autism provides the platform. You provide…

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Funding Amount Increased for Applied Research Competition

OAR has increased the maximum award for its Applied Research Competition from $40,000 to $50,000. The 2024 Competition will open December 15 for researchers to submit a letter of intent for pilot studies beginning in 2025 with a duration of one to two years. International researchers are eligible to apply. Letters of intent will be…

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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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Ready, Set, Get Fit and Fundraise in 2024!

Now is a great time to make your 2024 fitness goals and join the RUN FOR AUTISM team at these fun events in early 2024.  The Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon take place on January 14 and offer a scenic running experience in America’s fourth-largest city. The fast, flat, single-loop course has been ranked as…

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OAR Welcomes Our Newest Hire Autism Volunteers

The new Hire Autism navigators and ambassadors will join their fellow volunteers to help Hire Autism improve employment opportunities for autistic individuals and assist businesses to create more inclusive workplaces.   Navigators work one-on-one with Hire Autism job seekers, mentoring and equipping them with the tools necessary to prepare for the job search and meet their…

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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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