Why does autism research need your DNA?

Your DNA may spark answers! We want to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. It’s simple. It’s free.

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About the study

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SPARK is the largest genetic study of autism ever. We believe that to find answers for you, we need to understand what makes you unique. And what connects you with others. We do this through studying genetic, behavioral and medical information.

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Who can join?

Are you the parent of a child with ASD? Join us! Are you a person with an ASD diagnosis? We need you. There is no cost to you and we keep your data private.

Participation is simple

Step 2

Invite family members

Step 3

Complete and return your saliva kit

Step 4

Discover new research opportunities
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The Future of SPARK

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Wendy Chung shares information about SPARK's long-term goals and activities.


SPARK Responds to COVID-19

These are stressful times, and things are changing daily in the face of COVID-19. Learn what you, as a SPARK participant, can do.


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