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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

50,000
Families Needed
17,702
Families Enrolled
29
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.

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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

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Discover new research opportunities
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Features

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.

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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.

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