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Welcome to the OAR Blog! This blog is an open forum for parents, educators, self-advocates, family members, and professionals to post and find information about autism. It is our hope that the stories, dialogue, and resources shared here may be an added source of support for autism families. If you are interested in contributing a post to the OAR Blog, please contact us at programs@researchautism.org.

Julia is Finally Here
July 19th, 2017

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageA mother is thrilled to see that Sesame Street’s new muppet, Julia, has autism. She is grateful that mainstream television is showcasing autism in a positive way, and hope it will help children understand autism as a difference, making lives easier for children on the spectrum. This blog post was originally posted on Kate’s blog, the...

When a Meeting Changed the Academic Trajectory of My Son on the Autism Spectrum
July 12th, 2017

kidchildrunfreefreedomboltflaparmsgrassskyoutdoorsoutsideplayrunskipfeaturedimageIn this week’s blog, a mother tells how her never-ending belief in her son’s ability helped her find the right school system for him, which led him to find success in college. This blog was originally posted on The Mighty. We received the most amazing letter this week from our son’s university. It said, “On...

Thank you, Asperger’s
July 5th, 2017

womanworkworkingcomputerjobcareerworkplacefeaturedimageAt age 67, Garret Mathews was diagnosed with Aspergers. In this post, he writes on the positive impact Asperger’s may have had on his career as a columnist. This post was originally published on Garret Matthews’ blog, An Aspie Comes Out of the Closet. Lost in some discussions on Asperger’s is dialogue about the plus...

Autistic Women, Pregnancy and Motherhood
June 28th, 2017

pregnanybabyfamilymomdadmotherfatherlearninginfanttoddlerkidchildgrandparentsfeaturedimageThis week, our blog post gives insight on motherhood and parenting while on the autism spectrum as Lana Grant writes on the lack of knowledge of this possibility among medical professionals. Lana Grant’s blog was originally published on Spectrum Women. I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2007 at the age of 38. I was already a mother...

This is David
June 21st, 2017

manboynatureoutsideoutdoorslearngrowhikewalkbackpackmountainexplorefeaturedimageIn this week’s post Russell Lehmann shares how a stranger helped him as he was having a meltdown in an airport. This heartwarming post was originally posted on Russell Lehmann’s Facebook page.   This is David. He works for American Airlines. I will never forget this man for as long as I live. After having my...

My ABC’s of Autism Advocacy
June 14th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 9 AdultDr. Lamar Hardwick reflects on Autism Awareness Month. This piece was originally published on Lamar’s website, The Autism Pastor. Last month was Autism Awareness month and people all over the globe were communicating, campaigning, criticizing, and complaining about autism and the like. When it comes to autism and autism advocacy/activism there is nor shortage of...

When ‘Passing’ Means No One Believes I’m Autistic
June 7th, 2017

womangirlbodystretchyogarelaxhomemorningfeaturedimageFor this Wednesday’s blog post Rese Dugan writes about others’ perception of her autism. This post was originally published on The Mighty. I love clothes. I invest a lot of time into my “look.” I am, by no means, any kind of comparison to a supermodel, but I care about what I look like. I...

Making Room for Play
June 2nd, 2017

girlyoungsiblingwomanbubblesoutdoorsoutsideplaykidfunsummergrassfeaturedimageIn this week’s blog post, a teacher and mother to a son with autism discusses the power of play. This piece was originally published on Jessica’s blog, Changed for Good. Ben won a tiny toy shark from the treasure box at school the other day. As soon as we got home, he announced that he...

Dad, it’s not your fault, but…
May 24th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 6 FamilyAt age 67, Garret Mathews was diagnosed with Aspergers. In this piece, he writes about his relationship with this father through the framework of his Apergers.  So what kind of a life did this Aspie have growing up? It was dominated by my late father, the high school football coach and perhaps the most authoritarian...

Advocacy and Parent-School Connections
May 17th, 2017

education+ featured imageParental involvement is critical to children’s success in school especially among children on the spectrum who require individualized learning. Parent-school relationships are so crucial to working as an effective team and ensuring that the child is given every opportunity within the school to reach his or her full potential. However, parent-school relationships are often less...