April is Autism Awareness Month! Let’s work together to increase autism awareness and acceptance in our communities. OAR is lending support in the form of information resources to promote peer acceptance, sibling support, safety, and more. Join us!

This year, our goals are to: 

  • Educate youth about their peers with autism.
  • Empower the autism community with information resources.
  • Support autism siblings with resources for kids, teens, and parents.
  • Support adults in the autism community through OAR’s Hire Autism Initiative.
  • Raise money for new research and resources.

None of this is possible without people like you leading the way. Here are some suggestions on how you can get involved before, during, and after Autism Awareness Month!

Goal 1: Educate Youth About Their Peers with Autism

OAR provides the tools needed to explain what autism means in a friendly and age-appropriate way. This year, OAR aims to impact 8,000 students through the Kit for Kids program and Autism Tuned In with the “What’s Up with Nick?” story.

How you can help: Start an autism peer education program

  • and start an autism peer education initiative

Goal 2: Empower the Autism Community with Informational Resources

OAR aims to accomplish this by sending 5,000 information guides to communities across the nation, including 1,000 copies of A Guide to Safety and 1,000 copies of the newly updated A Guide for Military Families. These valuable resources help parents, educators, professionals, and self-advocates answer their immediate questions related to safety, transitions, research, professional development training, and more. 

How you can help: Equip people in your community with these informative resources

  • Volunteer as an Autism Materials Distributor to share our resources with local support groups, families, schools, organizations, medical facilities, or first responders
  • Order printed copies online or download resources online. If you want to share bulk copies at your next local event, contact us at

Goal 3: Support Autism Siblings with Resources for Kids, Teens, and Parents

OAR aims to distribute 1,800 sibling guides to families and sibling workshops. Written by siblings of people with autism for siblings of people with autism, OAR’s three siblings workbooks offer guidance to families on how to productively address conflicts that often arise in sibling relationships, including fairness, meltdowns, inequality with attention, and more.

How you can help: Pass these guides to parents and siblings

  • Order up to two copies of each of OAR’s free guides through our online store. Contact  with the subject line “Siblings Guides” for bulk orders to share at upcoming local events
  •  Share these resources at sibshops, parent groups, or anyone else who may need them

Goal 4: Support Young Adults with Autism Through OAR’s Hire Autism Initiative

OAR’s employment initiative, Hire Autism, is dedicated to helping individuals with autism find meaningful employment opportunities across the United States. Hire Autism supports job seekers through various aspects of the job search process, from career exploration to providing helpful job search tools and advice.

Hire Autism’s top goals for April are to register 100 new job seekers on Hireautism.org, recruit 10 volunteers for our Navigator program, and drive more job seekers to participate in our Jobtimize pilot that will run until April 30. Jobtimize is a career assessment tool that provides job seekers with personalized job recommendations and listings in their area that are based upon their behavioral traits, attitudes, interests, education, and experience level.

How you can help: Spread the word about Hire Autism and contribute your expertise

  • Sign up to become a Hire Autism navigator and directly help individuals prepare for the job search by providing feedback on their resume or cover letter
  • Spread the word about Hire Autism to potential job seekers

Goal 5: Raise Money for New Research and Resources

During the month of April, OAR’s goal is to raise over $50,000 through the RUN FOR AUTISM program. OAR will continue to recruit for multiple RUN FOR AUTISM teams, including the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon and multiple triathlon events with a goal of registering over 100 athletes.  Runners can also take part in the second annual Active for Autism 5K & Kids Dash by supporting OAR either on race day or virtually from your hometown.

How you can help: Run a race and fundraise for autism

  • Join the #RUNFORAUTISM social media community on FacebookInstagramMake a personal goal to post on social media promoting Autism Awareness Month, the RUN FOR AUTISM team, or your personal OAR fundraising page & training runs. Tag RUN FOR AUTISM in your post & use #RUNFORAUTISM so we can see & possibly share your post!
  • Join the RUN FOR AUTISM at one of the events listed above or another featured event and guarantee your entry to a number of world-class races and triathlons

Share Your Photos

We want to know how you are participating in National Autism Awareness Month. Email your stories and pictures to or share them on OAR’s Facebook page. OAR is looking for both candid and posed photos of parents, self-advocates, children of all ages, siblings, grandparents, friends, and teachers. If it’s a photo you like and are willing to share, please send it in. Be sure to provide written permission for OAR’s use of the photos you submit.