Who Can Participate

An important part of understanding the biological basis of ASD is learning about what makes individuals more vulnerable and what protects them. A family-based genetic approach, such as the one in this study, can lead to breakthroughs in elucidating these vulnerability and protective factors.

Study recruitment will begin by focusing on adults age 18 tears or older with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) without intellectual disability. This includes adults with Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS).

Since ASD runs in families, we would also like to recruit any first-degree family members (parents, siblings, children) and second-degree relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins) who are willing to participate in the study.

Extended family members may include children ages 7 and above. Our research team is especially interested in families with multiple individuals with ASD. We welcome all inquiries regarding research eligibility.