Organization for Autism Research

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001ndashthe product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OARrsquos seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.


To understand OAR is to understand the spirit in which OAR operates. These principles underlie everything OAR does. We provide this information as a statement of values and a simple means of ldquogetting to knowrdquo OAR for anyone unfamiliar with the organization, its leadership, volunteers and staff.

Mission: OARrsquos mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism.

The mission of ldquoapplyingrdquo research to answer questions of daily concern for those living with autism drives each of the goals and objectives that define OARrsquos programs and determine its budget.

OARrsquos defines applied research as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of learners with autism. It entails the systematic investigation of variables associated with positive outcomes in such areas as education, communication, self care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community living. In this context, it extends to issues related to family support, the efficacy of service delivery systems, and demographic analyses of the autism community.

In simplest terms, applied autism research is ldquopractical research that examines issues and challenges that children and adults with autism and their families face everyday.rdquo

Provider Information
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