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Understanding Autism

Join a growing community of families, autistic adults, and researchers working to understand autism and improve lives.

WHY JOIN SPARK

  • You’ll be part of the largest autism research community
  • It’s simple and free
  • We are committed to autism research for decades to come
  • Together we can advance the understanding of autism

Who Can Join

  • SPARK is for all individuals living in the U.S. with a professional diagnosis of autism and their family members
  • All ages are welcome

How to Join

  • Create an account online
  • Agree to share data and genetic information
  • Registration takes about 20 minutes

What Participation Means

  • Participation is online and free
  • Your information will be kept private and secure
  • Answer questions about your autism experience
  • Return your saliva kit if you agree to genetic research
  • Learn about additional research opportunities
New to SPARK? Learn more.
Already a participant? Visit your personal SPARK Dashboard.

MEET OUR PARTICIPANTS

The Sibling Bond in Autism: The Story of Nicholas and Davis
The Sibling Bond in Autism: The Story of Nicholas and Davis

Davis has autism. His big brother Nicholas doesn't. How does autism affect their sibling bond?

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When SPARKs Fly: David and Vell’s Journey to Love
When SPARKs Fly: David and Vell’s Journey to Love

Watch this video interview to learn about David and Vell’s relationship and hear their advice for other autistic adults looking to step into the dating world.

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Building a Community, for Autism
Building a Community, for Autism

A good journalist always verifies the facts. So when former broadcast reporter Karen Zarsadiaz-Ige first read about the SPARK autism study, she checked it out. Here's what she learned.

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WEBINARS

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Alycia Halladay

Alycia Halladay

Webinar: Siblings From Infancy to Adulthood

May 18, 2022

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Wendy Chung

Wendy Chung

Webinar: Understanding Autism Through Participant Involvement-SPARK Research Match

April 6, 2022

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