OAR’S MISSION IS TO APPLY RESEARCH TO THE CHALLENGES OF AUTISM.
OAR strives 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 OAR’s goals and program objectives and shapes the budget.
In addition to funding research, OAR’s 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.
“A lot of people talk about autism, but there are a lot of misunderstandings around it. Many people who are autistic haven’t been able to become functioning members of society without negative repercussions surrounding their normal lifestyle. It’s important to figure out ways to incorporate people with autism. We have to figure out ways to better integrate them into society and value the things that they think are interesting and important. As someone who has a brother with autism, I have that personal connection.” - Cautious Clay