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The Pathways to an Autism Diagnosis Study

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It is very difficult for both parents and autistic individuals to seek out a diagnosis in Canada. For this reason, the Cognisant Lab is conducting a study at Wilfrid Laurier University to try to better understand common obstacles that people face and to understand the pathway that is followed while trying to obtain an autism diagnosis in Canada. The study is looking for participants 18+ years in age who have obtained autism diagnosis as an adult or have attempted to obtain an autism diagnosis as an adult in Canada, or a parent of children who has obtained or has attempted to obtain an autism diagnosis for their child in Canada. If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to provide information through a secure online survey on when you first suspected you and/or your child may be autistic, the steps taken to obtain a diagnosis, resources that were helpful and unhelpful, and information about your and/or your child’s autistic traits. The survey will take about 15-45 minutes to complete and upon completion you will be entered into a draw for a $50 gift card.

For more information about the study or to volunteer for the study, please contact: [email protected]