BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
When my sister Aubrey was 2 years old she was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of Autism that the Yale Child Studies Center had seen. It was 1990, and support for parents and families of children with Autism was limited. The doctor told my mother to put my sister in an institution and to start taking family vacations without her so that I wouldn't get attached to her. My parents both refused.
24 unbelievable years later, my sister is a fully functioning adult who graduated from High School in my hometown without a classroom aid and now works with my parents at their small business and is going to school to become a personal trainer (inspired by her recent loss of over 50 pounds!) She has her driver's license, her own friends, and is one of the most loving and caring people that I know. There are good and bad days, but remembering how far she has come is an inspiration every day.
I am raising money for OAR to support their work helping children with Autism, so that every story that starts like mine can have a happy ending.
OAR focuses on applied research, and defines applied research 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. OAR funds pilot studies and targeted research within specific modalities and issues affecting the autism community, primarily for studies whose outcomes offer new insights into the behavioral and social development of individuals with autism with an emphasis on communications, education, and vocational challenges.