By participating in SPARK, you may have the opportunity to receive gift cards, complete additional surveys and learn about other studies from vetted researchers about topics that are relevant to you and your family. Also, there are resources available on the SPARK website that families have found useful and geared to your specific needs.
What are the goals of the study?
The mission of SPARK is to ignite research at an unprecedented scale to improve lives by advancing our understanding of autism.
What will happen during the visit or online?
Participation involves the completion of a brief online questionnaire, as well as a saliva collection kit from each participating member of the family. SPARK is free and can be done entirely from home. One of our team members can meet with you virtually to complete registration and answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, depending on your distance from CHOP, we can even meet with you in person at CHOP or at your home to complete the registration and saliva collection processes. We have extensive protective equipment and can easily conduct this visit in an outdoor space, like a driveway or front yard!
How will this help families?
By analyzing DNA from tens of thousands of individuals, SPARK has already identified new genetic changes that contribute to autism, and this number will only continue to grow.