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.)

Please see the research participation opportunities below. 

Autism and Bullying in Childhood Online Study

This research is hosted by the University of York in the U.K  

We are looking to recruit individuals who have a diagnosis of Autism in an online study looking at their experiences of bullying in childhood.  You will be eligible to take part if you are:

1.   over the age of 18 

2.   have identified yourself as having a diagnosis of Autism

3.   have a good command of the English language

4.   have no significant visual problems that will prevent you using a screen

The study can be accessed through the following link on a smart phone or computer. It should take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete and looks at your experiences and perception of bullying in childhood.

Please note that if you choose to take part, you may withdraw at any time during the process of completing the questionnaire.  No personally identifying information will be collected and all data therefore will be fully anonymous.  Your answers will be treated with the strictest confidence.  

Thank you for taking part.  

Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

If you have any queries about the study, please contact 

Dr Miles Rogish   (
Dr Melanie Forster  (

Mothering and Neurodevelopment Study

Researchers at the University of Manitoba are looking for mothers of children (boys or girls), between 6-11 years of age, with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are interested in completing a brief online survey investigating the strengths of these families as part of a new and exciting study!

You can participate by clicking or copying the following link:

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Jen Theule at

You can also visit our website for more information about our past and present research activities at Feel free to share this notice with others who may be interested!

Participants would be able to enter a draw to win one of ten $50 Amazon Egiftcards

The Social Meanings and Identities of Adults Diagnosed with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

The purpose of this study is to explore the social meanings and identities of adults diagnosed with “High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder” or “Asperger Syndrome.” The objective of this study is to explore how adults make sense of their self and identity in relation to their new diagnosis, as well as how they mediate their social and occupational relationships.

If you are 18 years or older and have been diagnosed during adulthood with “High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder” or “Asperger Syndrome,” we would be interested in hearing from you. In participating, we will ask you to take part in an interview that takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. The interview may be administered in person or alternatively through telephone, Skype, electronic chat, or email, at your convenience. Participants will receive a $100 gift card to in appreciation for their time. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Lakehead University Research Ethics Board.

If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, please contact:

A randomized placebo-controlled trial of arbaclofen vs. placebo in the treatment of children and adolescents with ASD

Have you/ your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? Do you/ your child have social difficulties and/or repetitive behaviours?    Are you/ your child located near Toronto, Kingston, Hamilton or London, Ontario? You/ your child may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial of a medication called arbaclofen!

Who can participate: Children and teens between 5-17 years of age with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD, autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger’s syndrome)

What's involved: The trial will last a total of 18 weeks (4.5 months) and involves taking either arbaclofen or a placebo, as a meltaway tablet, 1-3 times per day for 18 weeks. You and your child will first be asked to come in for a screening session; through talking with you/ your child and completing some assessments, we will determine if you/ your child meets eligibility criteria.

Visits will occur at participating sites: Holland Bloorview, Queen’s University, McMaster University or Lawson Research Institute.  Visits will take place every 2-4 weeks while you/ your child are taking the drug or placebo. This study also has an optional continuation part, which means that all participants will be able to take arbaclofen at the end of the 18 weeks. The same tests and procedures will be followed that were followed during the main study.

The ultimate goal of this study is to find out if arbaclofen is helpful in improving social function. 

Participants will receive a small token of appreciation in the form of a $20.00 gift card to thank them for their time

Deadline: The study began in January 2019 and recruit for up to 18 months.

Interested in participating? If you / your child are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact the site closest to you and the study staff will get back to you shortly. 

Toronto: Leanne Ristic at 416-425-6220 ext. 6321 or

Kingston: Jennifer Lalonde at  613-548-4417 ext. 1111 or

Hamilton: Alessia Greco at  905-525-9140 ext. 21261 or

London: Ahsan Ahmad at 519-685-8500 ext. 74906 or