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
  • SPARK is a long-term study that will provide answers to research questions for years 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 Whys of Autism: Parents See Mostly Benefits to Learning Their Child’s Autism is Genetic
The Whys of Autism: Parents See Mostly Benefits to Learning Their Child’s Autism is Genetic

What's it like to learn that your child's autism is the result of a tiny variation in a gene? Do you feel relief, worry, hope, sadness?

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Does a Baby’s Gaze Hold a Clue to Autism?
Does a Baby’s Gaze Hold a Clue to Autism?

Can you tell if babies will develop autism by analyzing what they look at? After years of research, neuroscientist Karen Pierce has an answer to that question.

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The Struggle to Identify Autism in Girls: Sarah’s Story
The Struggle to Identify Autism in Girls: Sarah’s Story

Sarah had many classic signs of autism, but no one suspected it in the quiet girl who never made a fuss. Why did she have to wait until adulthood to get a diagnosis?

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WEBINARS

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Upcoming
Gregory L. Wallace, Ph.D.

Gregory L. Wallace, Ph.D.

Webinar: Aging in Autism-Risk and Resilience

July 24, 2024

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Dena Kelly, LPC, BCBA

Dena Kelly, LPC, BCBA

Webinar: Feeding Difficulties-When is it More Than Picky Eating?

June 26, 2024

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