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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. 

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Participate in Family Empowerment: The Use of Online Parent Discussion Groups Research Study

If you are a parent (mother or father) of a young child with an autism spectrum disorder (who has not yet entered kindergarten), you are invited to participate in a research study exploring the use of online discussion groups for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder. We will be conducting parallel online discussion groups based on parent gender and encourage fathers and mothers to participage. Parents will be asked to post to the online discussion groups once a week for 12 weeks. Amazon gift cards are available for each parent who completes the study requirements and four iPod Shuffles (for each group) will be given away in random drawings throughout the 12 weeks. If interested, please contact Laurie Jeans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .