The study is looking for participants who have an official autism diagnosis. Participants can be of any age, background, gender, race, geographic location, or socioeconomic situation. Dr. Chung says people are also able participate by giving a saliva sample, which will aid researchers in studying the genetics involved in autism, and then getting that information back to the community.
“It is very much a partnership and very much a reciprocal relationship,” she adds. “It’s not just families and parents and individuals giving information, but it’s the researchers giving the information back to those families and hopefully then coming up with a genetic diagnosis for some of those families.”
Dr. Chung says they tried to make the registration process as easy as possible, so it should only take approximately 10-20 minutes, and you are able to register yourself or any family member diagnosed with autism.
For more information and to register, visit sparkforautism.org.