SPARK stands for Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge. The mission of SPARK - an online research partnership involving 50,000 individuals with autism and their families - is simple: to speed up research and advance understanding of autism.
For additional information on SPARK, please visit the SPARK website for Nationwide Children's Hospital.
SPARK is open to individuals of all ages with a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in the United States. ASD includes Asperger syndrome, autism/autistic disorder and pervasive development disorder-not otherwise specific (PDD-NOS). Participants are welcome to invite biological parents and full biological siblings (with and without ASD) to participate as well.
Participants will be asked to share medical and genetic information with researchers and to agree to be contacted about future research studies. One of SPARK's key goals is to enable research that has not been possible before by linking individuals in the scientific community with autism research participants.
For more information on this study, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Nathan Hanna by phone at 614-355-7517 or by email at Nathan.Hanna@NationwideChildrens.org.