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SPARK: Simons (Foundation) Powering Autism Research for Knowledge

Online Study

If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, the Simons Foundations Autism Research Initiative invites you to learn more about SPARK (, a new online research study. Joining SPARK is simple – register online and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home.
Find out how you can advance autism research by registering as a postmortem tissue donor. It Takes Brains is the registration site for Autism Brain Net ( a collaboration between Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation.

Inclusion Criteria: SPARK is open to individuals of all ages with a professional diagnosis of ASD living in the United States. ASD includes Asperger syndrome, autism/autistic disorder and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Participants are welcome to invite biological parents and full biological siblings (with and without ASD) to participate as well.

Exclusion Criteria: see Inclusion


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All ages

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>1 hour and < 3 hours



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