Latest News | Organization for Autism Research - Part 118

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Kids’ Sleep, Ear Troubles May Point To Autism

University of Illinois researchers recently reported that children with an autism diagnoses were more likely to have sleep problems and chronic ear infections at 9 months than their typically-developing peers.  For more information, see the article by Sean Heasley of Disability Scoop or view the full article from the Journal of Early...

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Video Games Offer Hope for Autistic Children

Some schools and centers are embracing video games as a vehicle for teaching social and communication skills to some children with autism.  Some of the new systems, such as the XBox Kinect from Microsoft, allow students to project themselves into games and “interact” with other students in the same space...

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Proposal mandating insurance coverage of autism takes shape in Kansas

Kansas is one of 17 states that does not mandate private insurance companies to cover costs associated with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is a heavily researched and evidence-based autism intervention.  New proposed legislation in their state Senate is looking to change that.  Read the full story by Brad Cooper...

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New Defense Bill Is Bad News for Autism Families

President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 into law on December 26, 2013. While the bill authorizes new funding for a variety of Department of Defense expenditures, an important amendment that would have improved TRICARE funding for applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment was dropped from...

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Autism Plugged In Hosts Online Music Festival to Benefit OAR

On February 5th and 6th, join the party on and help raise money for the Organization for Autism Research. The Bass for Autism festival features over 20 EDM artists, including Dodge and Fuski, Spag Heddy, SubVibe, Barely Alive, Panda Eyes, and more. Proceeds will go directly to OAR. To learn...

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OAR Is Accepting Applications For Its Graduate Student Grant Program

OAR invites research proposals for its 11th annual Graduate Student Grants Program. OAR seeks proposals from researchers conducting studies that will benefit individuals and families living with autism today. Proposals will be accepted through February 14th.  Interested Master’s students and Doctoral candidates can find more information on the Grad Grants...

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Help OAR Write A New Guide to Personal Safety!

OAR is writing a new guide to personal safety across the lifespan and we need YOUR help! Please take this 5-minute survey and let us know which topics are most important to you. Your opinions will directly influence the topics we cover in the guide. For more information on the...

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OAR Expands Its Kit for Kids

December 20, 2013 – OAR is excited to announce the release of two new components to its Kit for Kids peer education resource: an animated video that brings the “What’s up with Nick?” story to life and a set of student activity workbooks. You can read the official press release here.

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OAR Announces Applied Research Grant Recipients

At its annual meeting on October 8, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) authorized funding for seven new applied autism research studies in 2014. Five of these studies have been confirmed; the remaining two are under consideration pending discussions with the researchers and a...

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