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The Hire Autism Active for Autism 5k team, comprised of volunteers, supporters, and staff, came together in April to raise $3,804 for the Changing Lives Fund.

OAR would like to extend a special thanks to team members Claudia Zacharias, Jeff Crawford, Brigit Parratore, Kayla Birdsall, Caitlin Schaefer, Amanda Rioux, Forrest Short, Alana Thomas, Julie Beeker, Brook Kacala, Jane Rouse, and Kimberly Strickland for their efforts.

Hire Autism volunteer Claudia Zacharias led the team by raising $1,500, followed by Jeffrey Crawford, who raised $1,193.

When asked why she participated, Zacharias said, “My family has been impacted by autism, and I have come to appreciate the excellent work of the Organization for Autism Research. As a navigator with Hire Autism, it is an honor to walk alongside autistic job seekers and support them on their journey. I am grateful to my family members, friends, and colleagues who have sponsored me.”


Interested in learning more about Hire Autism and how you can get involved as a job seeker, employer, volunteer, or supporter? Head over to for more information.