Research Participation Postings
This page lists current research participation opportunities that may be of interest to individuals or families. Participating in research can be rewarding in several ways, such as knowing the study you participate in will help other individuals or families with autism in the future. (If you're a researcher wishing to promote research participation opportunities with Autism Ontario, please visit our Guidelines for Researchers page to learn more.) The text of each posting is presented as it was submitted by the researcher.
Please see the research participation opportunities below.
What is the purpose of the study?
The research aim is to understand the ways in which autistic 2SLGBTQ+-identifying youth (16-19 years old) interactions with peers may have shaped how they view themselves, how their identities are experienced in secondary institutions, and determine sources of resiliency and supports which help facilitate positive relationships for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
Who can participate?
Youth are eligible if they are ages 16-19 from the autism community, they also identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and have been in a secondary institution in Canada since grade 10 (this can include Indigenous, Canadian, or undocumented youth).
One interview (on Zoom or Microsoft Teams) per participant, which should take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Participants will also be given the option to contribute to member reflections, which is essentially allowing them to view and comment on categories/quotes/themes that have been generated during data analysis. Member reflections can be done either by providing a written email response, or by attending a group meeting on Zoom.
What is the recruitment period?
August – December 31, 2022
Will I be compensated?
By participating in this research, each participant will receive one $25 Amazon gift card.
Who is conducting this study?
This research is being conducted through Wilfrid Laurier University and has been approved by the Laurier Research Ethics Board (REB#8262).
Who do I contact to get involved?
If you are interested in this study or have any questions, please contact Brianna by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To test the effectiveness of a non-spoken communication intervention
Non-speaking autistic children (4-9 yrs) and their caregivers (who speak English)
- To participate you must have access to (1) a laptop or computer with a webcam (2) reliable high-speed internet (3) a video recording device (e.g., smartphone)
- You must be willing to (1) participate in 2 video calls before intervention begins + 12 remote weekly intervention sessions (2) fill out questionnaires + submit two 5-minute videos before and after intervention
No monetary or other form of compensation will be offered for participating in this study.
If you are interested or have questions, please email:
Angela MacDonald-Prégent S-LP(C) BCBA, Doctoral Student, email@example.com
Recruitment Period: August 15, 2022 – November 15, 2022 (or until all intervention slots are filled)
This study has been approved by the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (Info-Ed File Number: 20-10-017).
You are invited to participate in a study run by the Music and Health Science Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. This study is investigating how autistic people time their movements, and whether sound can help with movement timing precision. Participation in the study involves tracing circles on a touch-screen device for approximately 45-60 minutes. All participants will receive a $15 gift card to thank them for participating.
Eligible participants are between the ages of 16-40 years old, autistic, with normal or corrected to normal vision and good hearing, fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and able to come downtown to the St. George campus (90 Wellesley Street West) for the study. Professional musicians and athletes are excluded.
Please contact Nicole Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to express interest in participation.
Looking for Caregiver and Child Participants
Child must have a diagnosis of autism, between 2.5 – 8 years of age and repeat a minimum of 2 spoken words or actions Child must reside with the primary caregiver for the full duration of the 12 - week study
Time commitments for at least one caregiver:
- A maximum of two, 2-hour telehealth training sessions which includes video recording of participants while practicing the steps with a doll (that you could keep), to then transfer the skills with your child
- A minimum of 2-hours of support on the first day of training your child
- Once a week, 20-minute telehealth follow-up consultations, for a maximum of 12 weeks
- Supporting your child daily as the primary caregiver, for a maximum of 12 weeks
- Talking and forwarding data daily
- Access and experience in using a computer/iPad with a built-in camera, email and internet speed of 25 Mbps
If interested, please contact Natalie Paquet Croteau, M.A., BCBA at 1-705-618-4448 or by email at: email@example.com
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Primary caregivers of youth with autism aged 6-18 and who live in Ontario, Canada are invited to participate in a 30-minute online survey. Participants will be entered into a draw for 1 of 15 $20 gift cards.
We are conducting a research survey study on obstacles to accessibility at provincial and national parks in Canada so that we may find solutions to make these parks barrier-free. If you are interested and would like to participate in this research study, you can access the consent form and fill out our 20 minute survey at: https://www.accessibleparkscanada.ca/participate
Have a question? Please contact:
Alison Whiting - firstname.lastname@example.org - 647-597-3422 x3357
Dr. Tilak Dutta - email@example.com - 416-597-3422 x7956
The Queen’s Visual Cognition Laboratory is recruiting autistic adults (without a co-existing diagnosis of intellectual disability) to complete a 2-part online study. In this study, we are looking to understand the relationship between camouflaging (i.e., deliberate actions to fitting into social situations) and cognitive processes (i.e., how people pay attention to, remember and interact with the world).
Both sessions will include roughly 45-minutes to 1 hour of cognitive tasks and questionnaires, with self-paced breaks. You will receive a $20 CAD Amazon gift card for completing the first section and $25 CAD Amazon gift card for completing the second section (i.e., total $45 for both sections).
Participants must be diagnosed with ASD (e.g., autism, Asperger's disorder), be at least 18 years old, be able to read and write English and have access to a laptop or computer and have a good internet connection.
To participate, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Project AMN.
Recruitment period: May 1st, 2022 to August 2022
YOUR CHILD CAN PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY ON MUSIC, VIDEO GAMES AND AUTISM FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME!
Simone Dalla Bella's lab at BRAMS - the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research based at the University of Montreal and McGill University is looking for children with autism for an at-home study on music and video games (across Canada).
In this study, we are evaluating an entertaining new game for children’s rhythmic abilities. The game is a mobile app for tablet and smartphone. Participants should meet these criteria:
Aged between 7-13 years old - Understand English and/or French - Be non-musician (less than 2 years of formal musical training) - Have a normal sight and hearing (or corrected to normal) - Have an autism diagnosis, without comorbidities - Live anywhere in Canada
$50 compensation is provided for your child’s participation, which includes: Playing an entertaining game on tablet from home (2h30/week for 2 weeks), plus two sessions of videoconference (about 90 & 45 minutes each) to help prepare for the game and complete questionnaires and online tasks. Interested?
Contact us: email@example.com
Codesigning and evaluating the usability of a workplace disclosure tool for Canadian youth and young adults on the autism spectrum
Are you a Canadian youth or young adult on the autism spectrum? Consider participating in Holland Bloorview’s latest study to help design and provide feedback on a workplace disability disclosure decision-aid guide and planning tool.
What is this study about?
We are looking for feedback on a prototype (early draft) of an online workplace disability decision-aid guide and planning tool. We want to know whether you found the tool useful, easy to use, liked or disliked it, and if anything needs to be added, changed, and/or removed.
Who can participate?
- Autistic youth and young adults (age 15-29)
- Is looking for paid work or has paid work experience
- Able to access internet and a tech device
- Able to communicate in English
- Lives in Canada
- Reviewing the tool
- Participating in one interactive online session (using Zoom and Slido platforms) to answer questions and provide feedback on the tool (~2 hours) with other youth and young adults on the autism spectrum
Participants will receive an e-gift-card of their choosing and can also receive volunteer hours as a token of appreciation for participating.
You can learn more about the study at this link: https://redcap.link/codesignusability-readonlyICF
If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Vanessa Tomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-425-6220 ext. 3091.
Principal investigator: Dr. Sally Lindsay
McMaster University is evaluating virtual care services offered to children across Ontario
In partnership with Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO), researchers at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University are completing an evaluation of virtual care services offered to children across Ontario.
If you are a parent/caregiver of a child (under 18 years of age) who currently or previously has received virtual care in Ontario, and you are interested in learning more or participating in this research please contact us at email@example.com or 905-525-9140 ext. 21263.
Participation in this research involves the completion of an online questionnaire that will be emailed to you directly. You will receive a $20 gift card in appreciation of your time.
Local Principal Investigator: Dr. Stelios Georgiades - Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Purpose of the study
To hear about your experience as a caregiver of a child with ASD!
Caregivers of a child with ASD who:
- is living in Northeastern Ontario.
- has accessed services from an organization offering specialized services for children with ASD
What does your participation entail?
To know more about your experience as caregivers of a child with ASD. More specifically:
- What your opinion is of the existing services/resources available for children with ASD
- What it is like for you to access services and interventions in the Northeastern Ontario
- If there are any changes or improvements that could be made for the services and interventions
What is involved if you participate in the study?
Participants will have to :
- Fill out a short demographic questionnaire
- Participate in a 45-60 minutes interview (in person or via Zoom) regarding their experience of being a caregiver of a child with ASD
- These interviews will take place from July to September 2022
Who to contact if you are interested in participating?
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Léa Bélanger at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study has been approved by the Laurentian University Research Ethics Board (file number 6021168).
Purpose of the project?
A group of researchers is doing this project to learn about how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find, understand, and use information from the Government of Canada.
It is important that the information the Government shares is easy to find and easy to understand. We also want to make sure that people are given the information they need in a way that helps them to take action. We want to know:
- Where do you go when you want to find Government-related information?
- How do you like to receive that information - for example, information that is easy to read, found online or printed, and that uses pictures, video, or audio recordings?
- How do caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities support their loved one or client when finding, understanding, and using Government information?
What will I be asked to do?
- If you decide to participate, you will be asked to fill out a survey that will take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
- You can complete the survey online, or you can contact us for a paper copy of the survey.
- The survey is anonymous and we will not be able to connect your name to your survey answers.
Benefits: What are the possible good outcomes in participating in this study?
We hope this project will make things better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to find and use government information. The benefits or results of this study may help you and other people in the future.
At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win one (1) of twelve (12) prizes consisting of $25 e-gift cards from various retailers (e.g. Walmart, Amazon, Loblaws, Tim Hortons).
If you are an adult with an intellectual and/or developmental disability, or a formal or informal caregiver, please complete the survey by clicking on this link:
- For English: https://edc.camhx.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=LXT739FXRXMRHRYH
- French: https://edc.camhx.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=RA97KNR3JRN98Y8H
For those that require support, you can complete the survey over the phone or on a video call. You can also ask for a paper copy of the survey. Please contact the CAMH research staff by email at or by phone 437-328-6761.
What is the study about?
Researchers at the University of Toronto want to know whether the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the reproductive health, access to reproductive health services, and mental health of people with disabilities in Canada.
We will use the evidence to ensure an accessible and inclusive approach to reproductive health for people with disabilities during and beyond the pandemic.
You may be eligible if you:
- Identify or may be identified as having a disability
- Identify as a woman, trans, or non-binary person
- Are 18 years or older
- Live and receive health care in Canada
How will it work?
- You will be asked to complete a 20-minute survey about your reproductive health and the health care services you received since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The survey can be done by you online, or by telephone or Zoom with a researcher at a time that works for you.
- If you need any supports or accommodations to participate, these will be provided.
What are the benefits of participating?
What you share about your reproductive health experiences during COVID-19 will help make services better for other people during and beyond the pandemic. You will receive a $15 gift card to thank you for your time.
Visit our website for more information: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/projects/disabilitySRH
This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board #42194 and is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
We need your help with this groundbreaking research. Your child can help change the way children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Along with our research partners at Quadrant Biosciences and Autism Speaks, we are looking for children who present signs of being on the autism spectrum to participate in a research study.
The average age of diagnosis is between 4 and 7 years old, but your child could help drastically reduce the time it takes to diagnose other children in the future. The non-invasive saliva swab is easy to administer by caregivers and takes less than a minute to complete. Once the saliva sample is collected and a few short surveys are completed, that's it!
Your child is now helping our mission to lower the average age of diagnosis down to 2 years!
Who Can Participate:
We are looking for participants aged 1.5 years through just under 7 years old who are currently being evaluated or are scheduled to be evaluated for ASD. To see if your child qualifies, contact our team!
You can earn up to $75 for participating in this research. Learn more today by contacting Victoria Rombos at: (416) 425-6220 x3474 or email@example.com
The aim of this study is to understand the link between sensory filtering and brain stem development. We are looking for autistic and non-autistic children to participate in an in-person study in Western University.
Researchers: Ala Seif, Dr. Susanne Schmid, and Dr. Ryan Stevenson
Who can participate?
- Children aged 4 and up who are autistic or non-autistic
- Autistic Adults
What is involved?
- Filling out personality/behaviour questionnaires. (For children, this would be completed by a parent or guardian.)
- Completing a hearing assessment and an auditory task.
Will I be compensated?
You would be given $10 CAD / hour for participating in the study.
Who do I contact?
If your child wants to participate or you have questions, please email Ala Seif, The Schmid Lab, and the Sensory Perception Research Lab at Western University at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can participate?
Individuals 16-35 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, who have not been diagnosed with intellectual disability.
What is the study about?
We are interested in understanding more about how the brain works in ASD, and how brain properties (e.g. structure, function) relate to behaviour. This is an imaging study, which means if you decide to participate you will have a brain scan, and we will also ask you to complete some assessments in person.
Our study team is interested in better understanding the relationships between the brain and behaviour in people who have a diagnosis of ASD. We hope this knowledge informs treatment development. Your participation would go a long way to helping us understand more about ASD and mental health.
What do I have to do and how much time would it take?
If you decide to participate, you would take part in screening and clinical assessments. They involve things like demographic questions, a urine sample, and some social thinking and decision making tests. You would also complete an MRI brain image. Completing all of the components of this study would take 3-4 days
Would I be compensated for my time?
You would be compensated for your time and efforts in cash after completing all of the components of this study. If you decide to withdraw before the study end, you would be paid for the study visits you participated in.
Who do I contact if I have questions or I want to participate in the study?
The Study Investigator is Dr. Stephanie Ameis. If you have any questions about the study or would like to participate, please contact our Research Analyst at: Enea Koxhioni, 416-535-8501 ext. 39140, email: email@example.com.