For the month of April, our Share the Plate recipient is the Organization for Autism Research. This organization was thoughtfully chosen by our own Religious Education Youth (12 and up kids). This recipient was chosen to honor April’s Autism Awareness Month. The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) provides scholarships and grants that fund research about autism and resources for self-advocates.
OAR’S MISSION IS TO APPLY RESEARCH TO THE CHALLENGES OF AUTISM.
We strive to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. The mission of “applying” research to answer questions of daily concern to those living with autism defines our goals and program objectives and shapes our budget.
In addition to funding research, our 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 individuals with autism.
If you are wondering what we mean by applied research, we define it as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of learners with autism. 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.
In simplest terms, applied autism research is “practical research that examines issues and challenges that children and adults with autism and their families face everyday.”
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