Organization for Autism Research

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About Us

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001– the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.


Discover the foundation of OAR

Chairman’s Message

Understand OAR’s Chairman James M. Sack’s personal commitment to autism

SCOAR Chair's Message

Read a message from Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., the Chair of OAR's Scientific Council

Board of Directors

Learn more about OAR’s Board of Directors and their role at OAR

Scientific Council

Find out about OAR’s Scientific Council and their role in developing research objectives


Meet OAR’s staff


See our organizational reports


Become a part of OAR through our growing internship program