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Intervention to Increase Parental Supports

Seeking volunteers!


Have an intellectual, developmental, and/or severe physical disability?


Are a parent of at least one child (living with you) under the age of 18?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study


Researchers at the University of Minnesota – School of Social Work have developed an intervention to assist parents with disabilities increase and enhance their supports for parenting.  We are seeking parents with disabilities who are interested in volunteering to test the effectiveness of the intervention.

Benefits of participating:

Receive a free intervention designed to increase and enhance supports for parenting. Two $25 Visa gift cards offered, one at completion of the initial intervention, and one after follow-up.

Potential risks:

Disclosure and discussion of sensitive information, such as disability status, functional limitations, and parenting.

Parent-Centered Support Intervention Project
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The Social Communication Research Study

University researchers would like your help in investigating cell phone/social media use, social interaction styles, and attitudes towards change! If you are between the ages of 18-25, are enrolled in graduate or undergraduate studies, understand the English language, and use a cell phone or social media platforms, you qualify to participate in this brief (approximately 20-30 minutes) study. Your responses are confidential, and your participation is COMPLETELY voluntary. You may close your browser to end your participation at any time without penalty. 

To access the survey, please click on this link: https://uindy.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bqL2gOCzKgt05A9

And remember, another way to help this project (or similar projects) is to share the survey with your friends! We appreciate your help in advancing social science! 


Principal Investigator Name: Dr. Samantha Gray

Principal Investigator Telephone Number: 317-788-2053

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Individuals with Autism Pathways to Disclosure Study

Therapists at the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) are looking to increase mental health professionals’ knowledge and understanding of individuals’ experiences of disclosure of an autism diagnosis. Results will inform clinicians of the experiences of disclosure for individuals with autism
so that they can help clients determine advantages and disadvantages of disclosure.
If you have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and are at least 18 years of age, we are interested in hearing about your experiences. To participate in this study, please follow this link https://bit.ly/2nDzYF7. All responses are anonymous.
Responses due by Oct. 1, 2018.


SPARK is a large, online research partnership that seeks to improve the lives of people with autism through research. The University of Minnesota is one of a network of clinical sites—autism centers and research institutions—that SPARK has partnered with across the country.

The goal of SPARK is to accelerate autism research in order to gain a better understanding of causes and treatments for autism. By building a community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their biological family members who provide behavioral and genetic data, SPARK will be the largest autism research study to date.

By joining SPARK, families will be making invaluable contributions to advancing the understanding of autism. This study is valuable to families because they will receive:

  • Results from the analysis of your family's DNA, in the event that you opt to

             receive this information and a genetic cause for autism is found

  • Access to interpretation of findings (de novo vs. inherited)
  • Connection to an ongoing community that provides current access to resources
  • Participation in the study entirely from home
  • Connections to further national studies


To register for SPARK visit: www.sparkforautism.org/uminnesota

Registration takes about 20-30 minutes. To participation in SPARK, we ask that you register and complete a few questionnaires online, and provide a saliva sample using a saliva collection kit that will be shipped directly to your home. Find out more about what’s involved on our SPARK FAQ page. Please don't hesitate to call me at 612-624-0116 or email me with any questions!