OAR Programs and Resources

OAR’s programs revolve around funding new research and disseminating evidence-based information as resources that translate the technical into layman’s terms for the non-scientific consumer. Please note that each family or organization is limited to up to 2 hard copies of each of OAR's resources free of charge. All international shipping costs must be reimbursed to OAR. All resources are available for free download.

The current programs are:

Applied Research Competition: awards research grants of $30,000 annually based on scientific merit and practical value of expected outcomes.

Graduate Research Grants Program: awards grants to graduate and post-doctoral students to encourage careers in autism research.

- Life Journey through Autism series: eight reader-friendly resource guides on research, assessment, education, and life transitions for parents, teachers, and service providers. (*Available in Spanish)

  • A Parent’s Guide to Research*
  • A Parent’s Guide to Assessment
  • A Guide for Transition to Adulthood*
  • An Educator’s Guide to Autism*
  • An Educator’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome*
  • A Guide for Military Families
  • A Guide to Safety
  • Navigating the Special Education System
  • OAR Publications CD – All of the above publications, including those in Spanish

- Autism in the Schoolhouse Program: resources for the classroom that successfully promote peer acceptance of autism and enhance teacher training through professional development.

  • Curriculum in a Box: a set of materials, including guidebooks and a DVD, that helps support teacher training and professional development.
  • Kit for Kids: a set of materials designed to teach elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism. The kit is centered around an illustrated, fold-out booklet called, "What's up with Nick?"
  • DVD: Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide: the first in a series of informational DVD’s designed to be used by college students with Asperger Syndrome to educate professors and resident assistants about the disorder and the supports that will help a college student with Asperger Syndrome succeed in the classroom and in life on campus.

- Sibling Support Initiative: Three guidebooks that offer tailored guidance for young siblings, teen siblings, and parents on how to productively address the ups and downs that may arise for individuals who have a brother or sister with autism.

- Think Safety website : a website where members of the autism community can interact with other parents, family members, friends, educators, and law enforcement officials about safety via a series of message boards. Think Safety also contains a comprehensive autism safety resource listing.

- The OARacle: a monthly e-newsletter with news on current research, advice, useful resources, and autism community news of interest.

- OAR Scholarship Program: college and post-secondary vocational/technical training scholarships for persons with autism awarded via annual competition.