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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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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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Scholar Interview: Benjamin Stangl

What does being autistic mean to you? Most of the time I don’t think about it. I’m Ben the entertainer. I’m Ben the Iowa Hawkeye student. I’m Ben the Carroll Tiger Alumni. Son, brother and friend.  I don’t think I’m Ben the autistic person. That’s not how I identify myself. But it can cause challenges…

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What to Say When She Says, “I’m Autistic.”

“Mom, I’m autistic.” It was 1992. My eight-year-old first-born child, assigned female at birth, was holding a magazine article about an autistic girl. As a special education teacher, I knew a little about autism, but only a little. What was I supposed to say? I might have asked, “Why do you think you’re autistic?” and…

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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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RUN FOR AUTISM Spring Race Preview

From the California coast to New York City to London and a few places in between, RUN FOR AUTISM has an exciting spring race schedule ahead. Over 200 runners have registered for our six spring events, raising over $125,000 so far. United Airlines NYC Half Is Around the Corner In March, 39 RUN FOR AUTISM…

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Book Awards Feature Neurodivergent Main Characters

In January, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards, as well as the titles selected as honor books. The Awards recognize an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. In two of the three categories, the award-winning books feature…

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