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SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge, a national cohort of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder


Child Development & Autism

What is the purpose of this trial?

SPARK study at Yale - all ages welcome
SPARK is a growing community of individuals, families, and researchers on a mission to speed up the understanding of autism. Our aims are to:
  • Collect DNA from saliva samples and information through surveys from 50,000 people with autism and both of their parents and share that data with researchers.
  • Make breakthroughs that were never before possible and return our findings to you.
  • SPARK is sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) and Yale is one of more than 30 participating hospitals and clinics across the country.
Why join SPARK?
  • Find possible genetic causes of autism in your own family and power future autism research for years to come.
  • Join other autism research studies and get updates on the latest autism research.
  • Connect with a community of 1400 SPARK participants in our region!
You can receive up to $50 Amazon gift card for participation. Registration can be completed entirely online and from home at or by scheduling an appointment with the Yale study team. To participate, simply register online and consent to the study. Saliva kits will be mailed to you and provided with return packaging. If you have questions call (203) 785-7539 or email
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If you would prefer to contact a member of the Help us Discover team about this trial and other similar trials, please email or call 877.978.8343

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