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Invitation to Participate in Studies on Autism

A Pilot Study: Quality of Communication in Interviews with Adults

We need you to help us find out if difficulties with communication make it harder to get a job.
We need adults who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to volunteer for a research study. We want to know why some adults with ASD get good jobs, while others are unemployed. Some people say that communication impairments make it hard to get a job.

  • Are you an adult with ASD?
  • Are you 18-29 years of age?
  • Have you graduated from high school?
  • Could you come to the University of Alberta for 2 sessions where you would meet with a job consultant, do a practice job interview and complete some language tests?

We will provide compensation at each visit to thank you for your participation. If you wish, you can talk to a speech pathologist about your communication skills.

If you can help, please contact Wendy Mitchell at or at 780-492-9050 for more information.
Thank you for considering participating in this research.

Volunteers needed for "Teens Media Use Study"

Will you help us understand how teens with an autism spectrum disorder use media?

We are looking for teens who are 12-19 years old and their parents to participate in a survey study.
We want to understand how teens with an autism spectrum disorder use media, such as TV, video games, and the Internet. We want to know how their media use relates to their well-being and important relationships. We also want to know parents’ perspectives on their teen’s use of media.
Parents and the teens will fill out mailed paper-and-pencil surveys. The teens will also have a short phone interview. Both parents and the teens will receive a gift card to thank them for their time and effort.

How to obtain more information and/or get involved,

Melissa Kuo: (780) 492-3877 or or visit:
Research Team: Melissa Kuo, Joyce Magill-Evans, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
This study is approved by the Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta.
This study is funded by the Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research.