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Medication Effects on Social Behavior

The University of Minnesota FIND Network is conducting a study for adult males between the ages of 18 to 45 with autism spectrum disorder. Participants must speak English and have a caregiver who is willing to come to some of the study visits. This study is to investigate how a new medication effects social behavior and communication. The study lasts up to 24 weeks and participants will be compensated for their participation. Please call us at 612.625.8448 or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. You can also see if you might qualify by going to http://www.vanillaautismstudy.com

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Vulnerability of Individuals with ASD to Naive Involvement in Criminal Activity

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia invite individuals with autism aged 18 years or older to participate in an online study. The 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 behavior.

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Facial Recognition Study

Dr. Albert Yonas with the Yonas Visual Perception Lab at the University of Minnesota, is dedicated to understanding and helping people, especially children, who suffer from prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.

Dr. Yonas has designed a study that aims to better understand the differences in facial recognition and processing between children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children without Autism Spectrum Disorder. We hope that by learning more we will be able to design intervention methods that help eliminate the differences.  

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Minnesota Autism Registry

A new voluntary registry for families of children with autism, the Focus in NeuroDevelopment (FIND) Registry, will provide participants information about new research and educational opportunities, community groups and other services offered in Minnesota.

The registry is a collaboration led by the University of Minnesota and is bringing together organizations serving people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and other community partners interested in brain development. 

For more information on joining the registry or how it may benefit families, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 612.624.0116.

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Employment Experiences Survey

Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) often experience difficulties obtaining and keeping gainful employment despite their potential for work. Unemployment rates for adults with autism have been estimated to be as high as 80 percent.  Because work is often a gateway to independence and there are numerous negative health consequences attributed to unemployment (e.g., depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses), employment among adults with AS and HFA is of particular concern from both an occupational therapy and public health standpoint.