April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance 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 autistic peers.
  • Empower the autism community with informational resources.
  • 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 and Acceptance Month!

Goal 1: Educate Youth About Their Autistic Peers

OAR provides the tools needed to explain what autism means in a friendly and age-appropriate way. This year, OAR aims to impact 5,000 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

Goal 2: Empower the Autism Community with Informational Resources

OAR aims to accomplish this by distributing 5,000 information guides to communities across the nationThese 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 Autistic Young Adults Through OAR’s Hire Autism Initiative

OAR’s employment initiative, Hire Autism, is dedicated to helping autistic individuals 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 20 volunteers for our Navigator program, and recruit 20 new employer partners.

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
  • Ask your employer to join as a Hire Autism employer partner. Hire Autism is free for employers.

Goal 4: Raise Money for New Research and Resources

RUN FOR AUTISM is OAR’s signature charity running and fundraising program. Its goals are to raise $80,000 through the RUN FOR AUTISM program and have over 500 athletes signed up to dedicate their 2021 miles to autism research.

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

  • Join the #RUNFORAUTISM social media community on FacebookInstagram. Make 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!

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.