The largest study of its kind on autism is underway. Called SPARK, the national study is recruiting 50,000 families to participate. Currently it has under 17,000 families enrolled.

The SPARK researchers are gathering data to study genetic, behavioral and medical information. Their goal is to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism. This understanding will inform new treatments.

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Washington State Researchers Hope for 100% Participation

Washington state researchers involved in SPARK are hoping to get 100 percent participation from families with an autistic child. They want every single family with an autistic child to be part of this groundbreaking study.

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How to Participate

No matter where you reside in the country, if you have an autistic child, you can participate in SPARK. It’s simple. You just register online, use a saliva collection kit that SPARK sends you, and submit it back to the study.

Learn more about SPARK including how to participate.

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