Participate in a Study and receive a $50 Gift Card

The University of Michigan is conducting a research project focusing on adolescents and adults with communication difficulties and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. They are recruiting families of adolescents and adults (ages 15-30) who:

1) have language difficulties (e.g., ranging from no verbal speech to using single words or phrases/simple sentences) and do NOT have an autism spectrum disorder (this may include, but is not limited to, individuals with Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability).


2) who have an autism spectrum disorder (including those who do NOT have language difficulties).

For participants, they provide $50 gift cards and a written summary of the assessment results.


The Details:

Title: Development and refinement of diagnostic instruments for use with adults with ASD
Brief Title: Adapting diagnostic instruments for adults with ASD
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Weill Cornell Medical College are conducting a research project to adapt diagnostic observation measures to be more appropriate for use with older individuals with ASD.

We are currently recruiting participants who:

  • Are between 15 and 30 years of age
  • Have limited language skills (nonverbal to phrase speech)
  • Do NOT have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (participant may have other diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, intellectual disability, etc.)


  • Are between  15 and 30 years of age
  • Are verbally fluent (complex sentences) OR have limited language skills
  • Have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder
  1. All participants must also have a parent/caregiver who is able to provide information about the participant’s early development and is willing to participate.
  2. Individuals are not eligible for participation if they cannot complete the research measures due to sensory or motor impairment (e.g., blindness, deafness, severe cerebral palsy).
  3. Participants and parents/caregivers will receive $25 gift cards for participation (for a total of $50 per family). In addition, written summaries of assessment are provided.

For more information, please contact:
Vanessa Hus Bal
[email protected]

This study has approval from the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board (IRBMED HUM00045004).

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