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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.

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...

Developing and Enhancing Executive Functions
May 9th, 2017

computer + featured imageKavita Murthi returns for her third and final post in this series on executive functions. The two previous blogs in this series focused on describing executive functions, how and when they develop, their importance in human development, and common assessments used to determine executive dysfunctions. This final section of this three-part blog series outlines some...

Biking 68 miles — My inner Aspie weighs in
May 2nd, 2017

Featured Image Blog 21 AdultAdult self-advocate Garret Mathews shares a humorous, if tense, conversation with his “Inner Aspie.” It’s almost sundown. I hopped, well, stepped on my one-speed bicycle about 10 hours ago to log 68 miles because that’s how old I’ll be later this year and spokin’ that age-appropriate distance every spring is, well, how I roll. Not...

How Autism ‘Awareness’ and the School System Failed My Brother and Me
April 26th, 2017

education+ featured imageA young adult self-advocate explains the road to diagnosis for her and her brother, and shares a message to parents and educators on how their experiences could have been improved. There is a photo of me at 3 years old. I am standing in a meadow on the tips of my toes, arms scrunched up like...

How My Son’s High School Musical Gave Him a Stage for Acceptance
April 14th, 2017

smiles+featuredimagesThis post originally appeared on the author’s blog, The AWEnesty of Autism. It is re-posted here with permission.   ​This was the toddler who could not wear hats or mittens and who struggled with the change of seasons because that meant wearing different or new clothes. The little boy who wore the same doctor’s costume (shirt...