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SPARK: Igniting Autism Research, Improving Lives

SPARK: Igniting Autism Research, Improving Lives

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) has launched a landmark autism research project in the U.S. This long-term online study is called SPARK, which stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge.’ The mission of SPARK is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. The entire autism community is invited to participate.

SPARK is fully funded by SFARI. This means that you will never be contacted for a donation or a financial contribution of any kind.

This is why SPARK aims to build a research community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their families, who will be asked to share medical and genetic information with scientists and to agree to be contacted about future research studies. The data shared with SPARK researchers will power important new autism research that aims to advance the understanding of autism and provide meaningful information and resources to participants.

SPARK is a research partnership that hopes to be the largest of its kind, and we’re so excited for SPARK to help shape the future of autism research. With everyone’s help, we will be able to obtain answers more quickly to the questions we all have about autism.

Questions? Learn more about SPARK by visiting our FAQ page.