Join us

Already have an account?

Login
spark logo

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.

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.

JOIN US

ABOUT THE STUDY

FAMILIES NEEDED

50,000

FAMILIES NEEDED

FAMILIES ENROLLED

10,025

FAMILIES ENROLLED

RESEARCH PARTNERS

31

RESEARCH PARTNERS

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.

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.

eligibility

Participation is Simple

Step 1

Step 1

Create an account online

Step 2

Step 2

Invite family members

Step 3

Step 3

Complete and return
your saliva kit

Step 4

Step 4

Discover new research
opportunities

Step 1

Step 1

Create an account online

Step 2

Step 2

Invite family members

Step 3

Step 3

Complete and return
your saliva kit

Step 4

Step 4

Discover new research
opportunities

Features

video stillplay icon

Family Story | 2:13

Nina talks about having 3 kids with autism. Oh my!

Research | 2:39

Dr. Wendy Chung and Dr. Pamela Feliciano start reviewing the new genetic results.

More


What Information SPARK Collects, and Whylede image

What Information SPARK Collects, and Why

In this webinar, LeeAnne Green Snyder shares more about what SPARK is learning from the information that we collect through online questionnaires, and discusses how researchers use this information.

More


Genetic Diagnosis Tied to Autism Reveals Undiagnosed Heart Conditionlede image

Genetic Diagnosis Tied to Autism Reveals Undiagnosed Heart Condition

Nearly two years after they enrolled in SPARK, the Wises got the answer they had been looking for. Alexander had BWCFF syndrome, a condition caused by changes in one of two different genes — ACTB or ACTG1.

More



STAY INFORMED