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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.

Stop Caring About What Other People Think
December 12th, 2018

womangirlbodystretchyogarelaxhomemorningfeaturedimageLaina Eartharcher is a self-advocate and a doctor who is working to fully embrace and love herself. In this post, which was originally posted on Laina’s blog, Laina discusses the internal struggle she is currently having. In writing about this struggle, whether or not to listen to what other people think, Laina provides valid viewpoints...

Autistic Adults Share What Helped (and What Didn’t) Manage the Stress of the Holidays
December 5th, 2018

christmasholidaycelebratefamilylovehappinesshappytogetherfeaturedimageEllen Stumbo is one of the employees at The Mighty, and in this post, she asked adults with autism to share what helped them manage the stress of the holidays. Ellen’s blog was originally posted on The Mighty. With the holidays upon us, conversations with my friends have centered around how stressful this time of...

How Depression Affects Me as Someone on the Autism Spectrum
November 28th, 2018

mentalhealthstigmadisabilityanxietyautismmedicalprofessionaltherapyfeaturedimageErin Clemens is a self-advocate with autism. In this post, which was originally posted on The Mighty, Erin talks about the benefits of an official autism diagnosis; she also writes about how depression affects her, specifically about the difficulties of being diagnosed with both autism and depression. Being on the autism spectrum affects my life...

When We Realized My Husband Has Autism
November 21st, 2018

lovemarriagemarriedrelationshipengagedweddingsuitdressmanwomanmomdadmotherdaughterbabyfeaturedimageJessica Offer is a mom of three daughters with autism, and her husband was recently diagnosed with autism. In this post, she discusses the journey her family took to get her husband’s diagnosis. This post was originally posted on The Mighty. My husband Cj and I celebrated 10 years of being together. Ten years since...

Going to College with Autism
November 14th, 2018

booksreadingpapereducationschoolcollegeuniversityfeaturedimageLouis Scarantino is an autism self-advocate. In this post, Louis discusses his experience in college, and what he would change if he had the opportunity to return. Louis’ story provides excellent insight on what it is like to attend college as someone on the spectrum. Every child goes to school from kindergarten through their senior year...

Swan Song for Summer
November 7th, 2018

riverwaterpeoplegatheringsocialpartyhangingoutswimmingpartysummerfamilyfriendsfeaturedimageIn this week’s blog, Jennifer Rose talks about going to Dorney Park, an amusement park, with some friends. She hilariously mentions the problems she encountered at the park, and how she overcame them. Jennifer’s comedic narrative reminds all of us not to take life too seriously, and to be flexible with plans. She also writes...

When You Discover, as an Adult, That You Might Have Autism
October 31st, 2018

mommotherchildkiddaughtergirlwomanoutdoorsoutdooroutsidegrasshappysmilesmilingfamilyfeaturedimageThis week’s blog post is by AJ Kay, a mom who recently discovered that she has autism. In this blog, Kay describes her childhood, and, how looking back, she clearly sees the signs that she had autism growing up. This was originally posted on The Medium. All the Ways It Doesn’t Matter…and the One Way...

How to Create a Positive Dental Experience for Your Child with ASD
October 24th, 2018

babychildyoungsiblingfamilymotherfathermomdadparentparentingfeaturedimageOn the surface, a visit to the dentist can certainly seem scary to any child, especially a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. According to a 2011 study, nearly half of parents with children who have ASD describe their children’s oral health as either poor or fair. After...

Self-Care
October 16th, 2018

manboyreadbookoutdoorsoutsidelearnfeaturedimageEleanor Banks is a self-advocate who has been recently diagnosed with autism. In this post, Eleanor discusses aspects of self-care: what it is and how people with autism are affected by it. Many people find it hard to look after themselves, or to have good self-care. Self-care involves management and monitoring yourself. Specifically, self-care encompasses...

We’re Not “Bad at Sex,” But We Sure Are Bad at Teaching It – Part 2: The Autism World Is NOT “Sex Positive.” Here’s Why
October 10th, 2018

loverelationshipcoupleengagedmarrieddatingsexmarriagefamilychildrenkidsholdinghandsfeaturedimageMichael John Carley is a self-advocate who frequently visits companies to discuss topics related to autism. In this post, Carley writes about how we, as a society, fail individuals with autism by not creating a comprehensive sex-education guide. This is the second post in a series about sex-education; this was originally posted on Sinkhole. The politics...