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OAR is pleased to announce the promotions of Courtney Carroll to manager, Hire Autism and Kim Ha to senior director, research and programs. Carroll took on her new role in August and Ha took on hers in September.

Ha has been with OAR since 2014, joining the staff as a programs and research associate. She assumed the role of director, research and programs in 2016. As the senior director, Ha serves as a member of OAR’s executive leadership team responsible for directing OAR’s long-term strategic vision. She also provides oversight for the grant and scholarship programs, resource projects, and community outreach initiatives implemented by the programs team.

“I am looking forward to cultivating partnerships with similar organizations, establishing OAR’s long-term priorities, and making a positive impact on the autism community,” Ha says, noting that OAR actively seeks collaborative partnerships with others, from community volunteers to national organizations and companies.

As the manager of Hire Autism, Carroll is excited about continuing to expand the Hire Autism employer partner network across a wide range of localities and industries. “We have a truly varied and skilled talent pool, and it is my goal to increase the job listings we have on our platform so that there is something for every person who comes to our site based on their location and interests,” she explains. “This opens the door for lots of great conversations with employers about challenging biases and posting a range of job listings that our job seekers can be considered for.”

Carroll came to OAR as a Hire Autism associate in 2021 and is eager to build on the work she and her colleagues have done by developing more Hire Autism resources for job seekers, employers, and community members. Like Ha, Carroll believes in collaboration with volunteers, employment experts, and organizations and is happy to engage with potential and current Hire Autism employer partners, community partners, volunteers, and job seekers.

As the manager, Carroll oversees the day-to-day operations of the Hire Autism program, including strategic planning, volunteer recruitment and management, social media, outreach, marketing/advertising, scholarships, and training development. She also supervises the work of the Hire Autism associate and interns.