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Resource Spotlight

What Are Communication Boards?

Communication boards are a form of augmentative and alternate communication that can be used in households, schools, and other community settings. Through the use of graphics and visuals, these boards can help bridge the communication gap between nonspeaking or minimally speaking individuals and their caregivers, teachers, and peers.   The boards display photos, symbols, or illustrations…

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Communication

Communication is critical in many aspects of daily life to indicate our preferences, needs, and decisions with others. However, not everyone communicates in the same way, so it is important to recognize the usage of alternate forms of communication, including augmentative and alternate communication (AAC), and how best to converse with individuals who may have…

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Resources for Autistic and LGBTQIA+ People

Autistic individuals face many challenges in life, which can be exacerbated if they belong to another community such as the LGBTQIA+ community. This month’s Resource Spotlight identifies resources to support individuals who are both autistic and a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.   The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN) is a group working to provide…

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Resources for an Inclusive Environment in Education

For many teachers, tenured or new, navigating the world of an inclusive environment can be a confusing experience. However, inclusivity can be a unique opportunity — it can be an enlightening endeavor that brings educators and students closer in favor of education. Teaching children acceptance and awareness about their autistic peers has never been easier…

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College Resources

College. The word conjures up so many images and experiences. For students in their freshmen year, those experiences are likely to include adjusting to independence, exciting opportunities to grow, and keeping up with a rigorous academic schedule. These resources help students with autism know what to expect and how to adapt to college life and…

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Revised Guide for Transition to Adulthood Now Available

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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Setting Up New Year’s Resolutions for Success

Like starting a new chapter in a book, a new year brings anticipation of what we can expect. Starting the new year with resolutions sets us up for success and gives us a jumpstart on achieving our goals, whether those goals are to eat healthier, help an autistic loved one get a driver’s license, or…

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Preparing Your Child for the Holidays

Winter holidays should be a time of celebration and joy for everyone. However, the holiday season brings hidden stresses for many autistic people. Changes in routines, sensory overload, and increased social demands are just a few of the challenges facing autistic children, teens, and adults during this time of year. Fortunately, many of these challenges…

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Hire Autism Resource Center

If you are an autistic job seeker, an employer, or the parent of a young adult interested in resources to assist with finding and applying for a job, OAR’s Hire Autism employment program has free, comprehensive resources for you, such as: A Guide to Job Searching: The guide explains how to navigate online job portals…

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Employment Webinar Series

October has marked a celebration of disabled people in the workplace since 1945. Now known as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this occasion invites all people to recognize the challenges and accomplishments of disabled workers and the importance of disability inclusion in the workplace. In honor of NDEAM, OAR is excited to present its…

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