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Update on TRICARE and ABA Services for Military Families

In December 2012, The OARacle (the monthly e-newsletter of the Organization for Autism Research) reported on legal and Congressional action that enabled TRICARE to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services – the most researched and arguably most efficacious behavioral intervention – for military children affected by autism under its basic coverage program.  Regarded...

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OAR Announces 2013 Graduate Research Grant Recipients

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013 Graduate Research Grants.  This program, open to graduate students pursuing Master or Doctoral degrees, awards up to $1,000 and $2,000 respectively to those conducting research related to autism spectrum disorders. This year, OAR will make...

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New Training DVD Brings Autism Education to Life for Teachers

A recent study (Teffs and Whitbread, 2009) found that more than one-third of general education teachers received no formal special education training. To address this concern, OAR worked in close partnership with Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools to develop a research-based training tool that prepares middle and high school teachers...

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Camp Lejeune Welcomes Dr. Peter Gerhardt for EFMP Forum

  OAR’s ongoing efforts in support of military families recently reached another high point when Scientific Council Chairman, Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., gave the keynote presentation for the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Special Needs Forum at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, N.C., on February 13.  As usual,...

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OAR releases “Navigating the Special Education System” guidebook

Every parent knows that getting any child through school is a challenge.  But for parents of children on the autism spectrum, the vast majority of whom require special services in order to successfully access the curriculum, this task can be burdensome or downright overwhelming even before a child reaches school...

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West Coast Conference on Autism

Please join the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and The Autism Society of Santa Barbara at their jointly sponsored West Coast Conference on Autism. Keynote speakers include Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., the head of the Organization for Autism Research’s Scientific Council. You can read more about the conference and register here....

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Brain Imaging Study of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health are seeking adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders to participate in a brain imaging research study (Protocol: 10-M-0068, “Effects of Prosocial Neuropeptides on Human Brain Function in Healthy Volunteers and Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders”). This outpatient study will be conducted at the...

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Autism NOW Opens a National Resource and Information Center

The Arc’s Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center celebrated its opening on January 18. The Autism NOW Center has exciting goals to become a central location for information about autism.  This project, funded by a $1.87 million grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, will work with...

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How Science and Evidence Won Out against Auditory Integration Therapies

Dr. Thomas Zane is a professor of education and director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Online Program at the Van Loan Graduate School of Endicott College. He is a licensed psychologist in New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Zane has published in various journals and books, presented at regional, national, and...

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World Congress on Disabilities 2010

On November 18th and 19th, Exceptional Parent will present a live Webcast from the World Congress on Disabilities.  The Keynote Address will be delivered by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.  While the information is not limited to autism, this conference will present useful information for military families....

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Autism’s First Child

October 2010 Atlantic Magazine- “As new cases of autism have exploded in recent years—some form of the condition affects about one in 110 children today—efforts have multiplied to understand and accommodate the condition in childhood. But children with autism will become adults with autism, some 500,000 of them in this...

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