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Navigating Mental Health Support

In a study published in 2023, more autistic college students reported below-average mental health (22.9%) than their non-autistic peers (14.3%), highlighting the critical importance  of information for autistic college students about mental health and how to maintain good mental health. Created by a team led by Vanessa Bal, Ph.D., and Evan Kleiman, Ph.D., at Rutgers…

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Rewatch OAR’s Webinars that Promote Neurodiversity Inclusion

Since 2018, OAR has been pleased to offer free webinars for parents, autistics, educators, and professionals from the autism community. These archived webinars are an excellent way to gain expert information and get answers to your topical questions, with the flexibility to fit your demanding schedule. Check out these webinars discussing neurodiversity inclusion.  Business Practices…

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Check Out OAR’s Educator’s Guide to ASD

Many autistic students have learning and social difficulties that require support from educators. OAR’s ninth Life Journey Through Autism guidebook is intended to help general education teachers provide that support to students with Level 1 autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as introduced in the DSM-5 and defined as a mild form of autism that requires support.…

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OAR’s Kit for Kids Promotes Friendship

Incorporating the Kit for Kids into a curriculum is a significant step in a school’s anti-bullying strategy. Research shows that students with disabilities — especially those with autism — are more vulnerable to bullying than their counterparts. The Kit is designed so that students who positively influence their classmates can lead the program. It encourages…

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Help for Transitions at Different Life Stages

For this month’s issue on transitions, OAR offers this list of resources that highlight best practices and tips for transitions throughout the different stages of life. Whether you are a parent preparing to help an autistic child enter the special education system or sending your autistic teen off to college, these resources are here to…

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Navigating the Transition to Adulthood

For students in special education, “transition” refers to the time when a young adult leaves the K-12 education system and embarks upon adult life. Transition is a period marked by great potential — and significant uncertainty. It is crucial for autistic young adults and their families to approach the transition process empowered by thoughtful planning.…

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Criminal Justice Resources

For this month’s issue on safety and the criminal justice system, OAR has compiled a list of agencies and organizations that provide resources related to interacting with and navigating the legal system for autistic individuals and others with disabilities. ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) ASERT is a Pennsylvania network of agencies, universities, and…

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A Guide to Understanding and Managing Safety

Autism presents a range of safety challenges across the lifespan, including difficulty interacting with law enforcement, communicating with others, and unknowingly engaging in illegal activities. OAR’s Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide to Safety helps parents prepare for these and many other safety issues. The guide offers practical strategies for caregivers and first responders to…

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How to Navigate College Stresses

Navigating academic responsibilities and a social life in college can be overwhelming, even more so for autistic students. Seeking help can also be challenging for autistic individuals. In an OAR “first,” two 2020 OAR applied research grantees used research from their most recent study to write a new OAR guide that provides advice about how…

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Off to College Ready for Campus Life

Going to college can be an exciting opportunity for students to discover new interests, live independently, and develop self-advocacy skills. All college students deserve to have a fun and fulfilling experience, and that includes those who are autistics.  OAR’s Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum was created to help autistic…

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