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. 

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - The Effect of a Parent Mediated Toilet Training Program on Children's Toileting Skills Delivered via Telehealth

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

Materials required:

  • 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: ncroteau@ego.thechicagoschool.edu

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Organizational Benefits of Neurodiversity

Investigators: Lorne Hartman & Braxton Hartman
Research question: Do employees with autism bring new perspectives to employers that enhance organizational performance?
Eligibility requirements:
- Are you on the spectrum?
- Do you work at a job more than 5 hours per week?
- Are you over the age of 18?
- Do you have a stable internet connection?

If you are interested in participating and meet these requirements, follow this link to the survey:  Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management 

The survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete.

If you have questions, contact us at: lhartman@schulich.yorku.ca

 

Open until March 31, 2022

Deakin Universtiy - Romantic Relationships Study

Researchers at Deakin University are interested in what helps and what damages romantic relationships among autistic individuals and among non-autistic individuals. We believe this may help inform a program to support autistic people to develop better romantic relationships.

If you are at least 18 years old and:

-You are autistic (you do not have to have current or previous relationship experience to take part); or

- You are currently in or previously had a relationship with an autistic individual,

We ask if you would participate in an online survey about your romantic and possibly sexual relationship experiences, as well as your personality traits.

This survey may take 30-40 minutes to complete.

For more information on this research, please contact Ying at ryew@deakin.edu.au

This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference number: 2020-344).

Enter the draw to win 1 of 20 Amazon gift cards valued at $20 (AUD) upon completion of this survey!

Feel free to share this with other people who may also be interested in participating!

University of Toronto - Women with Disabilities Seeking Care, Health and Health Care Justice

Are you a disabled woman in Ontario between 19-64 years of age?

Are you interested in discussing your health care experiences?

If you are, U of T would like to hear from you!

You are invited to participate in a 2-4 hour virtual interview where you will be asked about your experiences accessing health care.

This is for a PhD research study titled: Women with Disabilities Seeking Care, Health and Health Care Justice.

 

To find out more about this study, please contact:
Terri-Lynn Langdon, PhD (C)
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Social Justice Education
Email: terrilynn.langdon@mail.utoronto.ca
Phone: 647-520-2558

 

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Disability Studies
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Social Justice Education
Email: tanya.titchkosky@utoronto.ca

University of Calgary - Study with Chinese Immigrants with Autism in Canada

The University of Calgary is conducting a study to learn about the first-hand experiences of Chinese immigrants who have been diagnosed with autism in Canada. The purpose is to better understand the perspectives of the immigrant community in Canada who have undergone a developmental disability diagnosis, as well as use the information to develop strategies and/or provide insight for professionals and clinicians who are considering diagnosing a Chinese individual with autism. This study is conducted entirely online.

To participate in this research project, you must:

•  Be aged 16 years or older, up to 35 years old.

•  Be an immigrant of Chinese descent who is now living in Canada.

•  Have autism, including Asperger syndrome, or are actively in the process of obtaining a formal diagnosis in Canada

•  Be verbally fluent and understand a sufficient level of English or Mandarin Chinese

•  Be able to provide informed consent.

Participation involves a short online demographic survey (in either English or Chinese), filling out online consent forms, and an online (Zoom) interview about your experiences of receiving an autism diagnosis. The interview should take about 1 to 1.5 hours of the participant’s time. All participants will receive a $25 gift card of their choice.

If you would like more information about the study or are interested in participating, please contact Cecilia (Cici/Qian Qian) Ye at qqye@ucalgary.ca.

 

Please see attached for more info - English Version - Chinese Version

Social Processes Initiative in Neurobiology of Autism-spectrum and Schizophrenia-spectrum Disorders (SPIN-ASD)

Who can participate?

Individuals aged 16-35 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder 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 structure and function relate to behavior. 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 at CAMH. They will involve demographic questions, a urine sample, and some social thinking and decision making tests. This is an imaging study, which means you would also complete an MRI brain image scan. Completing all of the components of this study would take 12 hours over 3-4 days.

 

Would I be compensated for my time?

Participants will receive an honorarium in appreciation for their time. If you decide to withdraw before the study end, you would be paid for the study visits you completed.

 

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:

Enea Koxhioni

Phone: 416-535-8501 ext. 39140

Email: enea.koxhioni@camh.ca

Holland Bloorview - Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Changes in Brain Structure and Function

Are you an autistic adult /adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder ( ASD)? Consider participating in Holland-Bloorview's study

What is this study about?
This study will help develop a better understanding of autistic adults/ adults with ASD . It will explore aging and brain function amongst autistic adults/adults with ASD.

Who can participate?
We are looking for adults:
-40 years and older
-Have an ASD diagnosis
-With normal or corrected to normal vision and hearing

What’s involved?
-You will be asked to answer questionnaires, undergo cognitive assessments, and have brain scans
-Participation involves two sessions one initial session and another after 4 years
-You may also provide a blood sample for genetic analysis (optional)
- Each session will take approximately 2 days.

Participants will receive $100 per study session as reimbursement. You can also request the results of your testing.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou

To ask questions or sign up, please contact: Daman Rehal 416-425-6220 ex. 3740 or drehal @hollandbloorview.ca

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U of Guelph - Parental Self-Efficacy In Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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.

The research project is being conducted under the direction of Rita Abdel-Baki and Dr. Kristel Thomassin at the University of Guelph.
 
What is this study about?
This study is about parental self-efficacy, or how well a parent feels able to meet their child’s needs. We hope to learn more about how parental self-efficacy in parents of children with autism spectrum disorders is related to parent (for example, parent stress, parent mental health, and the co-parenting relationships), child (for example, children’s symptom severity), and systemic factors (for example, what supports are available to parents).
 
Who is eligible to participate?
To be eligible to participate, you must be a primary caregiver of a child 6-18 years old with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, including autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). You must live in Ontario, Canada, and be able to read, write, and speak in English.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please contact Rita Abdel-Baki, MSc, MA, at rabdelba@uoguelph.ca or Dr. Kristel Thomassin, Ph.D., C.Psych., at Kristel.Thomassin@uoguelph.ca.

 

PSE and ASD Flyer - Fathers and Caregivers

 

 

Memorial University - Executive Functioning and Math Ability - Ages 12-18

Memorial University is recruiting autistic adolescents to participate in a study investigating the impact which executive functioning abilities have on math performance. Participants must be within the 12- to 18-year age range, attending school, and have a diagnosis of autism. Individuals with a math-based learning disability (i.e., dyscalculia) are not eligible to participate. 

Testing will take place remotely and online via a computer, through a one-on-one session with the primary researcher via Zoom virtual communication. Participants will complete an electronic survey comprised of a number of cognitive tasks measuring general intellectual ability (i.e., Raven’s 2, see Raven et al., 2018), math performance, and executive functioning capacities. 

The survey will take approximately 50 minutes to complete. Parents will need to sign a written consent form and complete a demographic questionnaire before their child can participate.  Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of ten $50 gift cards.

The primary researcher is a graduate student (M.Sc. Experimental Psychology) of Memorial University of Newfoundland. The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy.

Please contact the primary supervisor, Nicole Eddy - neddy@mun.ca if you or your child are interested in participating in this study or would like more information.

Open until June 2022

Memorial University - Executive Functioning and Math Ability Poster
Western University: Everyday Experiences and Communication

We are interested in what people know about common events and how people communicate. We are looking for autistic and non-autistic adults and children to participate in an online study.

Researchers: Kara Hannah, Dr. Ken McRae, and Dr. Ryan Stevenson

Who can participate?

  • Adults (18 and older) who are autistic or non-autistic
  • Children (aged 9-17) who are autistic or non-autistic, and their parents/guardians
  • Participants must be English speakers.

 

What is involved?

The study has three parts:

  • Filling out personality/behaviour questionnaires. (For children under 18, this would be completed by a parent or guardian.)
  • Completing a task about ordering the steps people do during common events (like going to the movies).
  • Having a Zoom call for language and knowledge tasks with the researcher. Participants will answer questions about words, sentences, and pictures.

 

A device with a reliable internet connection would be needed for the study. In total, the study may take up to 3 hours.

 

Will I be compensated?

In total, you would be given $30 CAD for participating in the study.
 

Who do I contact?
If you (or your child) want to participate or have questions, please email Kara Hannah, McRae Cognitive Science Lab, and the Sensory Perception Research Lab at Western University at khannah6@uwo.ca.

BC Children’s Hospital - impACT for DCD

Dr. Jill Zwicker, occupational therapist, researcher, and expert in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) at BC Children’s Hospital and her team are currently recruiting parents of children with DCD to participate in an on-line survey. 

They are conducting research on the physical, social, emotional and financial impact of DCD on the child and family. The impACT for DCD questionnaire will be used to gather this information to inform government about the service needs of children with DCD and their families. If you meet the criteria for participation, please click on the link for further details and to complete the questionnaire. The criteria to participate in this research is as follows:

1.     Primary residence of parent(s) and child(ren) is in Canada

2.     Child(ren) must be under the age of 18 years with motor coordination challenges 

3.     These motor coordination challenges are not because of biological, genetic and/or developmental delays (e.g., cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, chromosomal abnormality, etc.)

4.     Child(ren) may have a diagnosis of DCD, but a formal diagnosis is not required to participate in the study. Parents of children suspected to have DCD may also participate. 

5.     Child(ren) may have other co-occurring conditions that can include autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and/or speech language deficits. 

6.     Parents can be biological, adoptive or guardian/caregiver

7.     Parents need to be able to speak and read English or French

 

Thank you in advance for your participation in this research study. Please feel free to forward this link to other participants that also meet the listed criteria. 

 

For more information in French - click here - https://bit.ly/impactfordcdfrench

Wilfrid Laurier University - Prosody Perception in Speech with Background Noise in Individuals with Autism REB #7052

Principal Supervisor: Dr. Jeffery Jones, Cognitive Neuroscience of Communications Lab, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University 
Student Researchers: Zehra Sasal (Master’s student) and Victoria Caranfa (Undergraduate student), Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University  

HOW? 
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact asd@joneslab.ca 

WHO? 
We require approximately 100 youth and adult participants (16 to 80 years of age) within Canada, with AND without Autism to provide data that will allow us to investigate emotional processing in speech. We are recruiting approximately even numbers of male and female participants. Participants must not have a significant hearing impairment, a seizure disorder and/or require the use of a hearing device

COMPENSATION:
To thank you for participating in our study and helping to advance our research, we will reward you with one entry into a prize draw of $100 (e-transfer). 

WHAT TO EXPECT: 
This is an online study which will take around 60 minutes to complete. You will be asked to answer a series of questions about yourself and to match sound clips to the corresponding facial expression. You will hear the same phrase several times and it is suggested that you wear earphones. 

WHEN:
February 1 - June 1 2022 (will ask for an extension at the end of April)

UHN - National Research Project on National/Provincial Park Accessibility

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 - alison.whiting@uhn.ca - 647-597-3422 x3357

Principal Investigator
Dr. Tilak Dutta - tilak.dutta@uhn.ca - 416-597-3422 x7956

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University of Toronto - Unique Python Programming Course for Children with ASD

The University of Toronto is inviting autistic children to participate in a curriculum with researchers.  Parents are welcome to join the sessions. The curriculum aims to teach autistic children how to program using the Python programming language (a text-based language), while also enhancing social-communication skills.

Researchers have studied computer programming as a means of fostering communication between autistic students, and have found that autistic individuals are interested in learning to program and can develop their socializing skills through a shared interest with other students.

Who:
· Autistic children
· 8-12 years old
· No prior programming experience

When/where?
· Starting week of March 21st, 2022
· Six 90-minute sessions, twice/week
· Online, Zoom

During the sessions, researchers will teach the students how to program, and obtain feedback from students and parents regarding whether:
1. the material is clear and engaging to the students
2. the students’ understanding of programming principles are improving
3. the student has shown improvement in their social communication skills

Between sessions, students will complete homework assignments.

We will provide compensation for your participation.

Participation in this study is voluntary, and participants can withdraw at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Halabieh at sarah.halabieh@mail.utoronto.ca using the subject line Python Programming for Autistic Children

Kings College, London - Burnout and Related Factors

Kings College, London would like to invite you to take part in a 50-minute online survey covering a range of questions about burnout and related factors, including questions about mental/physical wellbeing. This survey is open to autistic and non-autistic adults aged 18-35 and fluent in English for consenting and completing the survey. 

The main aim of the study is to better understand factors associated with ’autistic burnout’, and the impact of burnout on mental/ physical wellbeing and quality of life. We hope this will improve the identification of burnout in autism and inform support strategies for preventing/ reducing burnout. 

If you are interested, please follow this link to read more about the study and choose whether you wish to participate: https://qualtrics.kcl.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_cAPs3bsnTtEMTzw

Thank you for considering taking part in this study.

Future Skills Centre - Study on Neurodiversity in the Workplace (18 - 64 year olds):

On behalf of the Future Skills Centre, the Conference Board of Canada is inviting you to participate in a study on neurodiversity in the workplace. There are three different ways to participate (must be between the ages of 18 and 64):

1) Online Survey: If you identify with any of the following groups, please share your insights on neurodiversity in the workplace by completing a 15–20 minute anonymous survey.

  • Canadian workers/volunteers/interns/apprentices/job-seekers who self-identify as neurodiverse
  • Canadian workers who do not identify as neurodiverse.
  • Canadian employers who have experience managing or hiring neurodiverse employees
  • Canadian employers who do not have experience managing or hiring neurodiverse employees.

To complete the survey, please click on one of the following links:

English: https://ca1se.voxco.com/SE/?st=xc4LjQGYUyL6R6ATuewWmKnd4dqkVYA9b0bf3BB2Qcg%3D
French:https://ca1se.voxco.com/SE/?st=xc4LjQGYUyJR281C%2B7DpftArHt7OwHnMgexY%2FM4Ih%2BU%3D

2) One-on-One Virtual Interview: We are conducting one-on-one virtual interviews (1 hour in duration) with people who have experience with neurodiversity in the workplace. If you are an employer with experience hiring or managing neurodiverse workers, or a self-identified neurodiverse worker, we would love to speak with you.

3) Virtual Focus Group: If one-on-one interviews aren’t your thing, we are also conducting five virtual anonymous focus groups, each consisting of eight to 10 neurodiverse workers. We are looking for workers who identify with any of the following groups to share their insights on being neurodiverse in the workplace:

  • Autism Spectrum
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Learning-related conditions (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia)
  • Mental health-related conditions (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder)

 

To participate in an interview or focus group, or to learn more about the study, please email Jane Hutchison at hutchison@conferenceboard.ca

Seneca College - Effectiveness of Online Training and Delivery of the Linggo Assistive Communication Technology

Effectiveness of Online Training and Delivery of the Linggo Assistive Communication Technology

Purpose:
The Linggo Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system is a new AAC with features designed to provide parent/clinician training for language acquisition, remote consultation, and data collection. This study will evaluate the usability and effectiveness of Linggo AAC.

Participants:

• Children residing in Canada that are 4-17 years old.

• Diagnosed with a developmental disability or autism spectrum disorder and experience difficulties communicating using verbal language.

• Do not presently use a communication system, or are struggling with their current one.

Additional Requirements:
• Access to an iPad with iOS 10+ and 1GB of free space.
• At least 1-hour per week to dedicate to complete training videos on how to use AAC to teach language.
• Be able to commit to daily practice using Linggo AAC to build language and communication skills.
• Completion of surveys to evaluate Linggo AAC. • Enrollment is for approximately 6-8 months, but may end sooner based on data collection.

Please email the Primary Investigator, Dr. Mark Tucci, for additional details - Mark.tucci@senecacollege.ca

Enrollment is limited, and ends on March 31, 2022.

This study has been cleared by the Seneca College Research Ethics Board

Queen's Genetics Laboratory (Q-GLO) - Brain-body Crosstalk: Investigating the Gut-Brain Connection in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

What is the study about? - We are reaching out to families in Ontario to invite them to participate in our new study exploring the gut-brain connection and potential biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Who is eligible? - Children ages 6-17 inclusive, with diagnosed ASD and/or ADHD, residing in Ontario

What is involved? -Participation involves collecting up to 14 stool daily stool samples (the stool samples are collected in your own home and then sent by courier to our lab at no cost to your family), completing questionnaires, and providing an optional blood sample.

Will I be compensated? - We provide $20 per stool sample, as well as $10 per set of questionnaires. You may receive an incentive value of $480 upon full completion of samples and questionnaires.

What is the time commitment?

  • ​The study may be done entirely from home
  • About 35 minutes on the first day to review and complete initial questionnaires
  • About 15-20 minutes daily for stool sample collection and questionnaire completion
  • About 10-20 mins at the end of the study for shipping the study materials back to our lab
  • In the case of the optional blood sample, the time will be to come to our lab if you live in or near Kingston to have a blood sample drawn (about 15 minutes plus travel time)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Calvin Sjaarda


Who do I contact? - If you are interested in learning more about this study or have any questions, please contact Miruna Jurj - qpond@queensu.ca or call 613-548-4419 Ext. 1215

This study has been reviewed for ethical compliance by the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board.

Recruitment timeline: April 2022 - June 2022

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Queen's University - Camouflaging & Cognitive Processes Research

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 qvcl@queensu.ca with the subject line: Project AMN.     

Recruitment period: May 1st, 2022 to August 2022 

 

BRAMS - At Home Study - Music & Video Games Study

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: asdmusicgames@gmail.com

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Holland-Bloorview - Workplace Disclosure Tool Study

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

 

What’s involved?

  • 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 vtomas@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 ext. 3091.

 

Principal investigator: Dr. Sally Lindsay

McMaster - Evaluation of Virtual Care Services Offered to Children Across Ontario

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 ekoeval@mcmaster.ca 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

McMaster EKO Evaluation Recruitment Flyer
Laurentian University - Perspective of Caregivers on Caregiver-Mediated Interventions

Purpose of the study

To hear about your experience as a caregiver of a child with ASD!

 

Eligibility

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: lbelanger2@laurentian.ca

 

This study has been approved by the Laurentian University Research Ethics Board (file number 6021168).

CAMH - Accessible Information for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Advancing Canadian Communications Standards

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.

 

Compensation

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 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 AIIDD.Study@camh.ca or by phone 437-328-6761.

 

CAMH Study
Prosody Perception in Speech with Background Noise in Individuals with Autism REB 7052

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED! 

Help us understand emotional processing in speech! 

Study title: Perception of Emotional Prosody and Task Dependent Performance in Individuals with Autism REB 7114 

Principal Supervisor: Dr. Jeffery Jones, Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience of Communications Lab, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University 

Co-investigators: Zehra Sasal (Master’s student)  

  

WHY? 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, diagnosed in 1 of every 68 children. It is characterised by social and communication deficits that can impede optimal functioning in day-to-day life. Due to the impairments that come with the disorder, an increasing number of individuals tend to face difficulties in many areas of life including social communication. Individuals with ASD typically have difficulties perceiving and expressing emotions. Prosodic changes in speech provide important information on a word beyond its literal meaning in a sentence, which people with autism have difficulty connecting to vocal or facial emotionality. This study will aim to understand how pitch differences are processed in relation to its prosody in non-speech and speech sounds. 

 

WHO? 

We require approximately 50 youth and adult (16 to 80 years of age) volunteers with Autism to provide data that will allow us to investigate emotional processing in speech. We are recruiting approximately even numbers of male and female participants. Participants must not have a significant hearing impairment, a seizure disorder and/or require the use of a hearing device.  

  

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

This is an online study which will take around 60 minutes to complete. You will be asked to answer a series of questions about yourself and to identify the direction of speech and non-speech sounds in addition to matching emotional speech sounds to the corresponding word label. You will hear similar sounds several times and we ask that you wear earphones if you can.  

  

COMPENSATION? 

To thank you for participating in our study and helping to advance our research, we will reward you with one entry into a prize draw of $100 (e-transfer). 

  

HOW? 

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us at asd@joneslab.ca

U of T: Research Study: Survey on Disability and Reproductive Health during COVID-19 in Canada

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.

 

Contact us

Email wiresearch.utsc@utoronto.ca or call 647-601-4519.

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.

 

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Holland-Bloorview - Salivary Diagnostic Test for Autism Spectrum Disorder

We need your help with this groundbreaking researchYour child can help change the way children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 

The Study:

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!

                                            

Contact Us!

You can earn up to $75 for participating in this research. Learn more today by contacting Victoria Rombos at: (416) 425-6220 x3474 or vrombos@hollandbloorview.ca

Western University: Sensory Processing and Brain Stem Development

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 aseif5@uwo.ca