Research Studies
The following is a list of some of the ASD research studies currently being conducted in Canada and abroad. Each study calls for participants with an ASD diagnosis.

Prior to posting these research study requests, the submitter must provide Autism Ontario with a copy of their approved Code of Ethics, a Synopsis of the Thesis, a timeline for the posting and details regarding how interested subjects may participate. Please visit this site regularly to check out what studies are currently available.

Researchers: Please include the text you'd like included in the posting along with the end date for recruitment. If you would like to include a poster link, please include the URL. For questions or submissions, please contact: research@autismontario.com. Please note, it may take up to 5 business days for a response. Thank you.

  • NEW! Participants needed! York University-Looking for individuals with Asperger’s (18 years and older) that can participate in an ongoing study at York University. Are you an individual with Asperger’s interested in learning more about yourself through using art? Have you always wanted to draw but never had the time? This study will let you express your inner artistic talents while learning new skills. The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between art and emotions among individuals with Asperger’s. Participants will be asked to complete the following tasks: (1) Complete a mini questionnaire about your artistic abilities, (2) Draw a picture that depicts certain emotions, (3) Connect the GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) onto their finger and look at a computer screen which will present seven universal faces, (4) Mini interview. The researcher will ask the participants to answer a few questions about the drawings. All of the art materials will be supplied for the participants. Participants will be compensated $5 for participating in this study. If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Lina Deker at dekerlin@my.yorku.ca expressing your interest, I will get back to you shortly.
  • NEW! Participants needed! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital-Are you a youth with ASD interested in learning a new skill and interacting with other teens with ASD? Participate in our KneuroKnits knitting program. Study participants will attend an 8-session knitting program (1 lesson/week in the evening), KneuroKnits, at Holland Bloorview where they will learn how to knit and have opportunities to socialize with other youth with ASD. We will take physiological measures of anxiety (heart rate), and ask them to participate in three short questionnaires and a 30-60 minute interview following the program to understand their experiences. Participants will receive knitting supplies to practice and keep. If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Melanie Penner at mpenner@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 extension 3207 with your interest, and she will get back to your shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.
  • NEW! Participants needed! Ryerson University is carrying out a study to test a new device called WebMoti. This device is designed to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) attend school or therapy sessions when they are unable to attend physically. The system consists of a monitor, camera and various controls, with which ASC participants would be able to interact with simulations of remote environments to mediate their sensory needs. Participants (8 years of age and older) will be asked to commit themselves for 90 minutes to participate and will be asked to complete the following: (1) a pre-study questionnaire (10 minutes), (2) a demonstration of the caption software at Ryerson (10 minutes), (3) using the software to attend a class or event (60 minutes), (4) a post-study questionnaire (10 minutes). Participants will receive a contribution of $30 for their participation. The pilot study will take place at Ryerson University (55 Dundas Street West, exact room TBD). If you interested in participating, please contact Margot Whitfield at margot.whitfield@ryerson.ca or at 416-979-5000 ext. 7110.
  • NEW! Participants needed! University of Waterloo-Searching for adults with moderate to high-functioning autism between 18-35 years old! We invite you to participate in our non-invasive study about brain-computer interfaces. The experiment involves acquiring brain waves and muscle activity during voluntary movements of the foot. The session will last between 1-2 hours, and you will be compensated at a rate of 15$ per hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact either Dr. Ning Jiang at ning.jiang@uwaterloo.ca or Dr. Jennifer Boger at jboger@uwaterloo.ca. The study will take place at our lab in Waterloo, Ontario.
  • NEW! Participants needed! Wilfrid Laurier University-This study will investigate the association among motor, social, and imitation abilities in individuals with ASD. Additionally, the study will explore the perception of primary caregivers regarding their children's social and motor skills. Who can participate? Children and youth with high functioning ASD ages 4 to 18 years old, as well as their primary caregivers. The individual with ASD will be asked to complete the following tasks: (1) a target aiming task, collected using an iPad [10 minutes]; (2) motor assessment battery for children-2 (MABC-2) [20 to 40 minutes]; and (3) motor imitation tasks (MITs) [10 minutes]. Caregivers will be asked to complete the following: (1) background questionnaire (serves to provide context for the interview) [5 minutes]; (2) the social-responsivness-scale-2 (SRS-2) [15-20 minutes]; and (3) A semi-structured one-on-one interview [45 to 90 minutes]. If you have any questions, please contact Bri Redquest, PhD candidate at redq9570@mylaurier.ca.
  • NEW! Participants needed! Queen's University-ATTENTION parents of children with invisible disabilities (including, but not limited to, high functioning autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder with/without hyperactivity, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, depression, & other neurological and behavioural disorders). A study is currently being conducted to investigate inclusion in Ontario public schools, specifically as it affects children with invisible disabilities and their families. Your participation would include the completion of a short (15-20 minute) survey designed to gauge parent perceptions of inclusion and how it affects their child(ren) and families. Input from parents is greatly needed to understand how kids with invisible disabilities experience public school. Your participation is greatly appreciated. This project has been granted clearance by the General Research Ethics Board according to Canadian research ethics principles (http://www.ethics.gc.ca/default.aspx) and Queen's University policies (http://www.queensu.ca/urs/research-ethics). Please follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusionandchildrenwithinvisibledisabilitiesinOntariopublicschools


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