You hold the power to shape the future of autism research.

One out of every 36 children in the United States is affected by the challenges surrounding autism spectrum disorders.

The mission of SPARK is simple. We want to speed up research and advance understanding of autism.

We are currently recruiting participants for this groundbreaking initiative, which combines a web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of treatment and supports.

By joining SPARK, you will help individuals and families like you who are affected by autism.


A mother and father smile with their son in a photo. The mother and father are kneeling down while their son leans against them.

About SPARK for Autism at Kennedy Krieger

Who Can Join SPARK?

Are you the parent of a child with ASD? Join us! Are you a person with an autism diagnosis? We need you.

Meet Our Team

If you choose to affiliate with us during registration, you can receive one-on-one support with a SPARK team member at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

SPARK Webinars and Articles

SPARK highlights the latest webinars, articles, family stories and more on the Discover page of the SPARK website. Visit the site to learn more about topics that may be relevant to you and your family.

SPARK en Español

¿Qué es SPARK?

SPARK es el mayor estudio sobre el autismo que se ha realizado hasta la fecha y potenciará la investigación sobre el autismo en los próximos años. Creemos que para encontrar respuestas para usted, necesitamos entender lo que le hace único. Y lo que le conecta con los demás. Lo hacemos mediante el estudio de la información genética, conductual y médica.

¿Quién puede unirse?

¿Es padre o madre de un(a) hijo(a) con TEA? ¡Únase a nosotros! ¿Es una persona con un diagnóstico de TEA? Necesitamos de usted. No hay ningún costo para usted y mantenemos sus datos privados.

¿Cómo puede participar?

  1. Cree una cuenta en línea.
  2. Invite a miembros de la familia.
  3. Entregue una muestra de saliva para el análisis de ADN.
  4. [Descubra y participe en nuevas oportunidades de investigación sobre el autismo].
Vea el folleto SPARK
A family of four--father, son, mother an daughter--smile. The father is holding the son, while the mother is holding the daughter. They are standing outside with fall foliage visible in the background,

Help us spark better futures for all individuals and families affected by autism.

"If we can make anybody's life better, it's well worth participating" - Lisa Wilson, Parent

You hold the power to shape the future of autism research.