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Oregon has one of the highest rates of autism in the U.S. If you haven't already, you will meet someone with autism. People with autism want to lead fulfilling lives and make a meaningful contribution to society. Together, we can make that happen.

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Research and Surveys on Autism

Research & Surveys - Participants Needed:

ASO receives many requests for participation in surveys and other research being conducted on various aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Although we can't review all of these, we do post them for individuals to decide if they would like to participate. Posting of these research announcements does not constitute any endorsement by ASO. If you have any questions about the research being conducted, please contact the specific researcher for more information.

Are YOU an Adult With Aspergers Autism PDD-NOS? Do you ever wish research on the autism spectrum reflected YOUR attitudes, experiences, and opinions?
You are invited to participate in an online research study about the experiences and attitudes of individuals on the autism spectrum. Little is known about how adults on the autism spectrum think about themselves or their experiences. Little is also known about how individuals on the autism spectrum view the diagnosis.  Your participation in this study may help advance understanding of the perceptions and experiences of adults on the autism spectrum.
To participate in this study, you need to:
* Be age 18 or older
* Have a diagnosis or identify with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, or PDD-NOS
* Be able to complete an online survey
Participation in this study includes a chance to win a
$100 Visa Gift Card.
To participate in this study, please use the following link:

The Oregon Research Institute is looking for parents of children with challenging behaviors to participate in a research study called Success for Children and Families Project

- Survey from the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders (OCASD) Subcommittee: Services to Children and Families: The purpose of the survey is to hear directly from families the environmental challenges they experience in the family home. The subcommittee will be using the information gathered to help shape and guide projects that provide families with information on strategies for community living and safety. Here is the link for the survey -

- Attention Parents of Children ages 0 - 26 who experience special physical, developmental, or behavioral health needs! We are passing along a very important survey on behalf of the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN).This survey is not your average survey--it is your opportunity to give input to the State of Oregon on the status of our families and the health systems our children use. This needs assessment only occurs every five years; and this time, teens and young adults aged 12 - 26 can take their own survey! The survey will only be open until August 21, 2014. Answers are anonymous and will be summarized with responses from other parents (OHSU Institutional Review Board No. 00010807)

- Parent-delivered Massage Program Research Study for Children with Autism Ages 6 to 11 -  Parents must be willing to:
• Participate in 20 home visit treatment sessions with trained staff during the first five months followed by 4 monthly sessions • Give the fifteen-minute massage daily • Not start new treatments for autism during the study
 Children must: • Have a medical and/or educational diagnosis of autism • Be between ages 6 to 11 • Not take psychoactive medication or pharmaceutical chelation therapy • Have no additional chronic disability (e.g., cerebral palsy or uncontrolled
seizures) • Not receive more than 15 hours per week of intensive behavioral treatment for autism (e.g. ABA therapy)
Contact:, 503.474.0218,

- Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Do you also have a niece, nephew or other extended family member with ASD? UW researchers are recruiting families with at least one child diagnosed with ASD and one or more extended family members diagnosed with ASD (age 3 and up) to participate in a study. Participants must be biologically related. The study involves a phone call to determine if the study is a good match for your family; completion of questionnaires and a phone interview; one 2-hour visit with UW staff which will include cognitive and language testing and a blood draw for DNA analysis. For more information, please call the research coordinator at 206-616-3410 or email:

- Vulnerability of individuals with autism spectrum disorder to naïve involvement in criminal activity
Researchers at Flinders University invite adults aged 18 years or older with an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an online study. This research is being conducted by Rebecca Flower ( under the supervision of Associate Professor Robyn Young ( and Professor Neil Brewer ( aim of this project is to understand whether features that may be present in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder influence their understanding of social situations and appropriate behaviour. The project consists of two sessions. Each session is expected to take approximately 1 hour (you may take up to 4 hours to allow for breaks). The second session will occur weeks or possibly months later. This session will involve questions about demographic information (including age, gender, diagnosis, and any experiences you have had with the criminal justice system) and a set of statements about your preferences and skills. Following this, you will be asked about your interests, and then to watch some short scenarios and answer 1-2 questions after each.Participants who complete the study requirements will receive a $10 (AUD) Amazon voucher after each session.

To participate, please click the following link:

- ASD Children and Their Siblings: The SocialsibS project, funded by a Treatment grant from Autism Speaks, will investigate the effects of a 10-week social communication intervention implemented within the PSU Speech & Language clinic. We are currently recruiting families for participation in the study. Families will receive 10 weeks of intervention individualized to their child's specific social communication goals free of charge. Recruiting children with ASD ages 4-7 and siblings with typical development ages 5-10. For more information, go to:

- Autism Diagnosis Project (ADP)
Click here for survey.
This project is being conducted by researchers at the Portland State University Autism Training & Research Center and special education graduate students who are completing their master’s project requirements. The study will examine the experiences of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders in obtaining a diagnosis for their children from physicians. The information collected will be used to better inform doctors and parents, so that children with autism will be diagnosed at an earlier age and be able to receive educational services as soon as possible. In addition, study results will be shared with parents and other researchers and practitioners in the field, including specialists at the Oregon Health Sciences University Autism Clinic. The results will also guide the development of resource materials for families, pediatricians, and practitioners. Study results and resource materials will be posted on the Autism Training & Research Center website. At a later date the public will be able to review the study results and download any posted resource materials.
Information about your Online Survey Responses
Your participation in this study is voluntary. Your responses will be automatically and
anonymously be recorded in a Google spreadsheet. There are no names or identifying
information collected on the surveys. Researchers will only see the time and date of
completion and answers to each question and have no way of knowing who completed each survey. Your survey responses are confidential. Your identity or child’s identify (if you are a parent) will remain anonymous.
Interested in Completing a Survey? Complete the survey for parents!
Questions? Please contact Dr. Helen Young at 503-725-8009 or email her at
If you have any issues or concerns about your participation in this study or your rights as a research subject, please contact the Portland State University, Human Subjects Research Review Committee, Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships, Market Center Bldg., 6th Floor, 1600 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR (503) 725-4288 or 1-877-480-4400,

The physical fitness of school-aged children with autism.
Children with and without autism between the ages of 9-18 years old and their parent(s)/caregiver(s) are invited to participate in a study aimed to understand the physical fitness of school-aged children with autism. For more information, please contact Megan macDonald, PhD (principal investigator) at or 541-737-6928

Effects of Parent-Delivered Massage in Young Children with Autism in the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge areas
Western Oregon University's Teaching Research Institute has been awarded a grant by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to conduct a three-year study on the beneficial effects of parent-delivered massage in young children with autism. Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University has been teaching parents a daily massage program that has been shown in early studies to be effective in helping children become more comfortable with touch. Children become calmer, are better able to learn, and exhibit better behavior overall.

Starting this fall, 50 children under age six will have the opportunity to participate in the study. In the fall of 2014, 35 children ages 6 through 11 will be enrolled in the study. Families enrolled in the study will receive free training, treatment, and assessments. Participants will be recruited from the Portland, Columbia Gorge, Salem, Albany/Corvallis, and Eugene areas, and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in learning more about the study can visit or call 503.474.0218.

Improving Communication with Siblings:
The SocialsibS project, funded by a Treatment grant from Autism Speaks, will investigate the effects of a 10-week social communication intervention implemented within the PSU Speech & Language clinic.  The intervention will use video modeling with the child with ASD and teach the sibling strategies to improve communication.  These two methods of video modeling and sibling mediation, have been found to be effective in improving social communication for children with ASD.

Families are currently being recruited for participation in the study. Families will receive 10 weeks of intervention individualized to their child's specific social communication goals. Recruiting children with ASD ages 4-7 and siblings with typical development ages 5-10.

 * 10 weeks of social communication intervention services, 
 * Free PSU parking during intervention services

 * Two $20 Fred Meyer gift cards (one upon enrollment and one at discharge from the study)

Contact: Amy Donaldson
(503) 725-3224 •
724 SW Harrison, Room 85
Portland, Oregon 97201

Walden University Adult Caregiver Survey:
Are you a caregiver of an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who recently graduated (or aged out) of high school this past year? If so, please click on the link below and take a brief questionnaire. It should take you less than five minutes to complete. If you meet the criteria for participation, a behavior rating scale and a self-addressed stamped envelope for its return will be mailed to the address you provide, which should take you approximately 45 minutes to complete. This is a research study by a doctoral student intended to provide empirical evidence to lawmakers and school district personnel about the importance of implementing and funding community-based instruction for individuals on the spectrum.

OHSU in Portland - Portland Autism Infant Research Study (PAIRS):
The goal of this study is to develop new technologies to detect autism earlier.  We are looking for families who have a 0 – 6 month-old baby (or are expecting) and an older child who: 1) is typically developing; OR  2) has an autism spectrum disorder; OR 3) has a developmental delay or learning disability. Familiies would visit the CSLU nursery periodically until their baby is 24 months old. During these visits, babies would wear movement sensors on their arms and legs, and parents would also wear movement sensors on their arms. Audio and video recordings would also be made. The goal is to use these technologies to find early signs of autism in the sounds and movements of infants who are later diagnosed with autism. Please contact the research team at 
(503) 748-1602 or for more information. To see the flyer on this study, please click here.

Needs and Services for Adults with Autism Survey
Peter Sciabarra, a doctoral student at the University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences is conducting research in support of his dissertation involving a comparative evaluation of autism support and resource organizations and how they serve the needs of high functioning adults on the autism spectrum. He is also the parent of a 20-year-old young adult with high-functioning autism. He is looking for participants willing to participate in a survey.Take Needs & Services for Adults Survey Now

Texas Tech University, Marriage & Family Therapy Program, Burkhart Center for Autism -  Survey on Stress & Coping among Heterosexual Couples with Children with ASD

The on-line survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Couples in which both partners complete the survey will have the option of entering themselves in a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card, with a 1 in 10 chance of winning. For more information, contact or 806-743-2820 x 233. 
Link for survey: