Site Guide

Welcome to the Organization for Autism Research (OAR)Think Safety” website! We are proud to provide our users with many customizable features to this site. Here are the main features we hope you will take advantage of:


We encourage all users of this site to register for a profile. This will provide you with the ability to post and comment on the safety forums, and provide OAR with important feedback to improve Think Safety. Additionally, this registration will provide you the ability to better relate to and interact with other users, because you will be able to see their direct relationship to autism. This registration is free of charge and you have the ability to set your profile information to your liking (Public, Private, or anything in-between).

To register, hover your mouse over the “Login” tab on the far right corner of the main page or click the “Register” link located at the bottom right corner of the Home page.

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Autism Safety Forums

The safety forums are the primary purpose of this site. We want our members to have a place to connect with other members of the autism community.

Please feel free to post any comments, stories, or experiences related to any category on the site’s forum. This forum also provides you the ability to search for specific topics you want to learn more about. You can also search for areas in which you can provide expertise and guidance to other users. Additionally, you have the ability to see all the main topics being discussed and the number of posts within that topic area.

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Another main feature of this forum section is the ability to send direct messages to other registered members of the site. The great thing about the messaging feature is if you would like to ask another member more specific questions, or prefer to keep your concerns private, you have the ability to do this!

This can be down by dragging your mouse over the “Autism Safety Forums” and select “Messages.”

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If you would like to send a new direct message, click on “New Message,” select the registered member you would like to speak with, create a subject, write the message, and then press “Send Message.”

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Request a Guide to Safety

A Guide to Safety was written by parents, first responders, educators, and community members who share their strategies and resources to address safety threats that commonly arise during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This tool will educate parents about how to prevent and mitigate emergency events and safety threats that may affect their child in the future, and how to teach safety habits that will build a foundation for safety in adulthood. It also includes sample identification documents, advice from an adult self-advocate, evidence-based safety skills lesson plans, and much more.

To request A Guide to Safety, click on the “Request A Guide to Safety” tab in the top right hand corner of the main bar.

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The tab will direct you to a page where you can fill out your contact information to obtain a hard copy of A Guide to Safety. You can also download the guide here.

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If you would like to navigate back to Think Safety, click the back arrow located in the upper left corner of your internet browser.

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Safety Resources

One of the main aspects of the site we hope you utilize is the Safety Resources section. This section will provide you with multiple outlets to learn about autism safety. If you click on the tab in the main menu bar, a drop down box will appear.

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This drop down box contains multiple sources of information and in a variety of mediums. For instance if you prefer to read news articles or other blogs about autism safety, you can select the “News Articles and Blogs” section.

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Another great resource is the Video section.

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We will continue to upload new videos about autism safety. If you have any suggestions and they are not already listed on this page, please let us know.

The Ability to Search

A great feature about Think Safety is the ability to search for topics within the site. To do this, click the magnifying glass in the upper left corner of the page. Once you click the icon, a box will appear where you can type in the word or topic you would like to learn more about.

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For instance, if you wanted to search about a specific age demographic, you could type in children in the search box and the engine would direct you to all the areas within the site that discuss safety for children.

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There are a number of other features that Think Safety has to offer, so please go and explore!