April 22, 2017
Many kids with autism have the tendency to wander away from safe places. A new...
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Purchase an Autism Awareness t-shirt from Ivory Ella during the month of April, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit OAR!
Ivory Ella was founded in April 2015, and donates 10% of their net profits to Save the Elephants and other charitable organizations. Since their beginning they have donation over $1 million to charities. For more information visit Ivory Ella.
In celebration of Autism Awareness Day, OAR announces launch of Autism Tuned In, a new e-learning website that teaches today’s youth about autism. This peer education resource is an online variant of the popular Kit for Kids program that has impacted more than 80,000 students since 2012. The site includes eight modules, each with short animated videos and activities that reinforce student understanding of autism in a fun and engaging way.
Autism Tuned In allows teachers to track student progress and completion. Each of the eight modules begin with a cartoon animated video that captures children’s attention and ends with a student activity, such as matching and fill-in-the-blank games. Autism Tuned In not only reinforces knowledge learned about autism, but also addresses topics that are important for every child to explore: being different, understanding others, expressing oneself, and using one’s senses. The website can serve as a standalone resource or be used along with the hard copy Kit for Kids materials. Teachers can assign activities as computer classwork or homework. OAR offers no-cost rewards for students that complete all of the online activities.
Autism Tuned In was made possible by a generous grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (ALCWF).
To view the entire press release click here.
You can access the e-learning website at www.autismtunedin.org. Hard copy Kit for Kids materials can also be accessed at http://researchautism.org/resources/kit-for-kids/. To discuss how to implement a peer education initiative at your school, please contact Kimberly Ha, Research and Programs Director, at 703-243-9762 or .
OAR officially launches its new employment initiative, Hire Autism, for its test run in Northern Virginia. Hire Autism is an online jobs portal that helps individuals with autism of all capacities connect with businesses and employers willing to consider them as candidates for competitive employment. Many teens and young adults with autism are not employed or have jobs that do not make the best use of their strengths and skills. Hire Autism seeks to change the prospects for these job-seekers. OAR invites interested job candidates to sign up and start searching for jobs today!
Four No. Virginia businesses, Glory Days Grill, Wegmans, Linden Resources, and Quality Innovations Inc., are leading the way with job offerings, and others have expressed interest. OAR’s goal is to provide an array of employment opportunities in food service, retail, entertainment, hospitality, information technology, distribution, and customer service.
With employers signing on and jobs worth considering posted and available, OAR is now opening the site to applicants just in time for National Autism Awareness Month in April. OAR’s objective is to register at least 50 new applicants and 5 new employers by the end of April.
Hire Autism offers job-seekers a simple three-step registration process and an autism-friendly online space to meet prospective employers. Once applicants have created a personal profile, they can browse job postings and apply for jobs. They may also upload a resume and cover letter. In addition, Hire Autism has a resource center that offers information and advice on writing resumes, preparing for interviews, navigating the workplace, and more.
Like the applicants’ process, the registration process for businesses is straightforward. Once registered, an employer can post open positions and proactively search applicants’ profiles for qualified candidates. Hire Autism has resources for employers too. Among them is “Autism 101 for the Workplace” a resource that will help both employers and employees smoothly adjust to the workplace environment.
Hire Autism is a first step in attempting to level the employment playing field for adults with autism. It simplifies the initial application process, puts applicants in touch with employers willing to consider them, and addresses disclosure head on. It does not guarantee a job, but it does promise to widen the window of opportunity and offer more choices.
Hire Autism is open for business! OAR encourages all interested job seekers to visit HireAutism.org to register and begin your job search.
To read the full press release click here.
Visit one of the four Mezeh Mediterranean Grill locations below during the month of April, and you can choose to make a donation to OAR at the register!
2450 Crystal Drive | 22202
262 Crown Park Avenue | 20878
2015 Bond St #180 | 22901
|Short Pump, VA
11710 W Broad St #200 | 23233
Did you know that the RUN FOR AUTISM has FREE guaranteed entries in the events below? Get involved today to help support OAR! Fundraising minimums vary by event, so be sure to check out all the ones that interest you!
5/7/2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay – Registration deadline April 14th
6/3/2017 Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon
8/5/2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder
9/10/2017 IRONMAN Wisconsin
9/24/2017 BMW Berlin Marathon
11/11/2017 Geico Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series – All North American Events
Tough Mudder – All North American Events
Join the RUN FOR AUTISM for the world’s largest charitable event–the Virgin Money London Marathon. This race is known for its crowd support, “fancy dress” costumes, and famous landmarks. Highlights of the course include scenic Greenwich, the Tower Bridge, revelry at the Isle of Dogs, the Thames River, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.
OAR is honored to participate in this prestigious event, receiving reserved charity entries for our always impressive runners and fundraisers. OAR has a limited number of charity bibs available, but those who have received entry through the lottery are also invited to sign up with the RUN FOR AUTISM team
Need an entry?
OAR is currently SOLD OUT of available charity entries for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon. To be added to our wait list please .
Have an entry?
OAR is accepting team members who have secured their own entry. to join our team! We encourage team members to set a fundraising goal of $2,500.
Runners who register for the race with a charity entry must commit to a $5,000 fundraising minimum. Runners with their own race entry are asked to raise $2,500 for OAR to receive all team benefits. All fundraising is due one month after the race: May 23, 2017.
OAR is a proud sponsor of the Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 2017 Conference! Stop by our booth for information on OAR’s programs and resources, or just to say hello. Registration can be completed on ASW’s website.
Need an entry?
Runners who need entry can guarantee their spot in the race by registering through OAR. Fill out the form and a member of our RUN staff will be in touch with the next steps in the registration process.
Have an entry?
Runners who already secured an entry to the Tough Mudder can join the RUN FOR AUTISM team at any time and fundraise for OAR. Click here to join the team.
Runners who register for the race with a charity entry must commit to a $750 fundraising minimum for the full and a $500 fundraising minimum for the half. Runners with their own race entry are asked to raise $250 for OAR to receive all team benefits. All fundraising is due one month after the race.
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