Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
OAR is an organization founded and led by parents and grandparents of autistic children, who serve as the Board of Directors providing leadership and shared life experience. The parent leaders are the heart, and the Scientific Council, a group of remarkable and equally dedicated autism professionals, are the brain when it comes to their mission and research direction. The autism professionals are not simply a list of names on letterhead; they are a “roll up your sleeves” team that are called on throughout the year to share their professional expertise and review the merits of all research grant applications.
OAR strives to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of autistic people, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. The mission of “applying” research to answer questions of daily concern to autistic people and those around them define their goals and program objectives and shapes their budget.
In addition to funding research, their mission includes the requirements to disseminate new and useful information to as many members of the autism community as possible, and direct all research and programs initiatives toward enhancing the quality of life for autistic individuals and the families that give them love and support.
“Applied research,” is defined by OAR as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of autistic people. 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. Rather than fund research on what causes autism, OAR funds studies on topics of more everyday relevance such as education, parent and teacher training, communication, self-care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community issues. Their ultimate focus is quality of life.
In simplest terms, applied autism research is “practical research that examines issues and challenges that autistic children and adults and their families face every day.”
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The Organization for Autism Research (OAR)