Guidelines for Researchers


We have updated our guidelines for researchers wishing to promote their research participation opportunities with Autism Ontario. These guidelines are meant to promote transparency and reflect the collaborative nature of the relationships we wish to maintain with the autism research community. In the spirit of collaboration, we have suggested several "ways of giving back" below, for researchers to consider.

Autism Ontario currently promotes research participation opportunities for studies likely to produce knowledge that benefits Ontario individuals and families with autism. We encourage researchers to consider priorities of individuals and families. For examples, see the report, Community Priorities for Research on Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

  • Research participation opportunities promoted via the main Autism Ontario web site can be targeted to specific regions of Ontario (details to come soon!).

  • Researchers interested in posting their study's participation opportunity should submit the following for consideration to
    • Text of proposed posting: 
      • Maximum 1500 characters with spaces (1 paragraph)
      • Institution hosting the research, study purpose/research question, participant eligibility, what participation will involve, whether compensation is provided
      • Contact information for participants interested in learning more
    • Proof of Research Ethics Board approval
    • Study protocol (e.g., protocol submitted for ethics approval)
    • Recruitment Start date, End date (up to 3 months)
  • Extensions and keeping postings current: If your recruitment period will extend beyond 3 months, you can request an extension by emailing within the 2 weeks before your study's posted End date. Similarly, please notify us if recruitment stops before your posted End date.
  • Giving back to Autism Ontario: As a researcher, please consider reciprocating by doing one or more of the following:
    • Support Autism Ontario by becoming a member 
    • Contribute a story about your research, or research in general, to our magazine, Autism Matters
    • Present an Autism Ontario Webinar, which will be shared open access and can be linked
    • Volunteer your availability as an expert that Autism Ontario can call on to present at a local community event