Participate in Autism Research

Ongoing Autism Research – Volunteers Needed

Below is a listing of university affiliated research projects which autistic individuals, parents, and community professionals may be interested in exploring.

Researchers are invited to submit your research project using this online form. Submission may take up to one week to post.

Please read your submission carefully, and check for spelling or other errors. ACT does not edit postings.

ACT reserves the right to request ethics approval for projects and not to post projects submitted.

Research on the pathways people follow when trying to obtain an autism diagnosis.

Project end date: Ongoing project

The Cognisant Lab is dedicated to improving the autism diagnosis experience, aiming to assist both parents seeking a diagnosis for their child and adults seeking a diagnosis for themselves. Currently, numerous obstacles hinder these individuals. As part of this research, the Cognisant lab seeks to... Read More

Research Opportunity for Parents Who Completed PEERS

Project end date: Ongoing project

Are you a parent who has participated in PEERS? This study is looking for parents who have completed the PEERS program within the last three years who are interested in talking about their experience with PEERS. The study is hoping to learn about ways to improve interventions for parents of... Read More

Challenges and Facilitators During Transition to Adulthood of Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities

Project end date: Ongoing project

Researchers at Dalhousie University are conducting a project investigating challenges and resources during transition to adulthood of adolescents with disabilities. The purpose of this project is to uncover barriers and factors that ease the transition to adulthood of adolescents with disabilities... Read More

Investigating Depressive Symptomatology in Adolescents with ASD and ADHD

Project end date: Ongoing project

Researchers at Queen’s University are conducting a study of the overlapping symptoms between depression and developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. Adolescents both with and without depression, and with and without ASD or ADHD, are invited to participate, along with their parent. The child... Read More

Social inclusion among individuals with autism spectrum disorder: How to advance their resilience

Project end date: Ongoing project

This Dalhousie University study will explore resilience and stress experienced by families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers are also interested in understanding the strategies families and children use to cope with challenges, as well as available resources and gaps in... Read More

The Future of Disability-Inclusive Policy Focus Groups

Project end date: Ongoing project

Researchers with the Disability Policy Research Program at the University of Calgary are recruiting for a study that is using focus groups to discuss the future of disability-inclusive policy in Canada. These focus groups will be comprised of youth with disabilities, parents/caregivers of youth... Read More

Body Image in Adolescents with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project end date: Ongoing project

Many people with autism experience feeding and eating problems (e.g., picky eating, sensitivity to food textures, eating disorders), but it is not fully understood why. Body image (how someone thinks and feels about their body) plays an important role in eating disorders. This University of Calgary... Read More

High School Transition Study

Project end date: Ongoing project

Researchers from the University of New Brunswick are seeking parents of youth with either autism and/or an intellectual disability for an online survey on quality of life during the transition to adulthood. Currently, very little is known about the transitional period for these youth. The... Read More

Development of an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot for Families of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Project end date: Ongoing project

Researchers at the University of Alberta are attempting to improve the life outcomes of families affected by Neurodevelopmental Disorders by developing a chatbot. The verification of engagement strategies used in the Chatbot is critical to improve families’ experiences with the application. The... Read More

Group Parent Training Project

Project end date: Ongoing project

This study by University of British Columbia will investigate the association between implementation of a group parent training model of family centred positive behaviour support (FCPBS) delivered via telepractice and: (a) improvements in child behaviours that challenge and positive engagement... Read More