Genetics of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Location: New York, NY - Weill Cornell Medical College
Start Date: July 1st, 2007
End Date: July 1st, 2018

The purpose of the study is to better understand autism through evaluating people’s characteristics and looking at various genetic markers for subtle differences. This research is being done because it is possible that a change in genetic material is one of the causes of these disorders. For this reason, they are inviting those with a diagnosis of autism along with their parents, siblings, as well as other family members to volunteer their time and participate. The details of the study are listed below.

Involvement: Questionnaire, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Vineland, Differential Abilities Scales (DAS), Physical exam, and Blood draw

Commitment: 1 visit to Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY that lasts between 3 and 4 hours

Compensation: $25 Toys R’Us Gift Card and $35 parking voucher



Age: 12 months or older

Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), or Intellectual Disability

Inclusion Criteria: Families with one affected individual (singleton families) or with two or more affected siblings (multiplex families) older than age 12 months with a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (ID), or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Exclusion Criteria: The cause of ID and ASD should be unknown. Individuals with a monogenic condition or recognizable dysmorphic syndrome known to affect the brain or cause developmental disorders will be excluded.

Contact Information

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