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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

Black, Mother, Wife, and Autistic: The Intersectionality of Motherhood
Black, Mother, Wife, and Autistic: The Intersectionality of Motherhood

Since her diagnosis, Vonda better understands how she interacts with the world, interacts with her husband and mother, and how she mothers her three sons.

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Debunking Autism Stereotypes: Cami’s Story
Debunking Autism Stereotypes: Cami’s Story

Camryn did not fit the stereotype of someone with autism. Did that delay her diagnosis?

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Married, with Autism: Meet the Davenports
Married, with Autism: Meet the Davenports

Courtney and Bill Davenport are united by their love, an interest in video games, and autism. How might their shared diagnosis affect them?

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WEBINARS

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Upcoming
Cora Taylor, Ph.D.

Cora Taylor, Ph.D.

Preparing for Puberty in Children with Autism

August 30, 2022

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Matt Siegel

Matt Siegel

Webinar: Psychiatric Hospitalization for Serious Emotional and Behavioral Challenges in Autism

July 20, 2022

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