Participate in Research

Opportunities are available for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to participate in ASD research by joining a clinical trial or enrolling in a research study. According to Autism Speaks, a leading autism science and advocacy organization, “Nearly 90 percent of children with cancer are enrolled in clinical trials—contrasted with only 5 percent of children with ASD.”

The following are opportunities to participate in research:

Project 1

Interactive Autism Network

Project Title: Interactive Autism Network

Project Intent: Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by allowing parents to report information about their child's diagnosis, behavior, environment, services received, as well as progress over time.

Enrollment ends: Ongoing

Contact: Interactive Autism Network

Project 2


Project Title: Visuomotor Integration in Atypical Development

Project Intent: The purpose of this study is to observe individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and typically developing individuals in order to understand how visuomotor integration skills differ in two populations characterized by atypical motor development. We will monitor how individuals stand, walk, and interact with an object, as well as their eye movement during several tasks in the virtual environment, with the intent of identifying a sensorimotor behavior marker that could potentially be used for earlier diagnosis of ASD and facilitate implementation of treatments for both ASD and DCD.

Enrollment Ends: Our study is running indefinitely. Enrollment is ongoing.

Contact: Gabriela Sherrod,, 817-735-2312

Project 3

Project Title: Autism Grant Program: Parent-directed Treatment

Project Intent: The Parent-directed Treatment Project will provide a webinar and face-to-face/online individual parent training sessions at no cost for parents, caregivers, teachers, and service providers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You will be instructed in how to improve the communication skills of their own child. This project is intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, or service providers who have a child up to age 22 with ASD or similar characteristics and who need instruction in communication skills. If you and your child decide to participate in this project, you will participate in one webinar and individual parent training sessions to learn to implement a communication intervention with your child. Your child will receive communication/behavioral assessments and a communication intervention which will be implemented by you. The individual parent training sessions will be conducted for approximately 12 to 14 weeks in total for 1 hour per session.

Enrollment Ends: Ongoing through September 2018.

Contact: If you are interested in participating in this project, complete the online application form at or contact the project coordinator, Ching-Yi Liao at


The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) does not endorse opportunities to participate in research listed on this page and cannot attest to the quality of the research design, protocols, or findings. Persons interested in participating in a listed study should contact the primary researcher to access additional information and make an informed choice on the basis of that information.

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Updated: July 5, 2017