Studies, Research & Papers

Research Opportunities

Throughout the  year, there are many opportunities to participate in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research studies. Let’s work together to further understand ASD.

Keep checking back for updated opportunities.

University of Calgary, June 2020

Study: Families Facing COVID-19

The University of Calgary wants to know how you and your family are coping in these uncertain times! The team is looking for participants for their new research study. Participants will receive a $10 gift card as compensation for their time.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time for everyone, and it may be especially stressful for neurodiverse individuals such as those with autism and their families. Regular routines may be disrupted, finances may be tight and uncertain, and supports and services that families may have otherwise been accessing (e.g., therapies, respite, counselling, support groups and other social networks) may be harder to reach.

The aim of this study is to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of autistic individuals and their families. What we learn from this study will help us identify the current needs and priorities of families during and after the pandemic. We would also like to know how we can support families of children with ASD who are already vulnerable to stress and mental health concerns now and post-quarantine.”

The online survey takes 15-30 minutes to complete:

More info here. 


University of Alberta, May 2020

Study: Bilingualism in children with autism spectrum disorder

You and your child are invited to participate in a research study about bilingualism in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). You are free to join this study or not.

What is the reason for doing the study?
The purpose of this study is to better understand dual and second language learning in children with ASD in order to better support bilingual children and their families.

Who are the participants in this research study?
We are looking for six types of children between the age of 5 and 16 years. These types of children are:

  1. Children with ASD from English homes
  2. Children with ASD from homes where English and another language are spoken
  3. Children with ASD who attend immersion language education programs
  4. Children without ASD from English homes
  5. Children without ASD from homes where English and another language are spoken
  6. Children without ASD who attend immersion language education programs

Bilingual research study information sheet
Bilingual research study poster

To participate, please contact:
Chantal Labonté, M.Ed
University of Alberta


Dalhousie University, October 2019

Dalhousie University is conducting a research project investigating adulthood and resources to support adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across Canada.

This project aims to uncover factors and features of resources, community services, and/or technologies that improve the adulthood experience from the perspectives of adults with ASD, their parents, and healthcare providers. In doing so, we strive to gain a better understanding of ways to better support individuals with ASD during adulthood.

Dalhousie is looking to recruit adults over 25 years of age with high functioning ASD, parents/family members of such a person, or healthcare service providers for individuals with ASD. Please find attached poster for more information. Participation in this project will entail attending an interview virtually or face to face. Interviews can take place in person, over skype or the phone based on your personal preference. Participants have the option to withdraw from the study at any point.

By participating in this interview, you will be given a gift card (e.g., Amazon), valued at $30.

Download the Invitation Letter

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the research team via email at or call 1.902.494.8434.