Autistic self-advocates, ASERT wants to hear from you!

The Autism Spectrum Education, Research and Training Group (ASERT) needs the help of the autism community as part of a new study exploring autism acceptance in society. They wish to ensure that the study will be meaningful for the autistic community.

To do this, ASERT is looking for autistic advocates to review their interview questions and provide feedback on if the questions will:
• Initiate conversations with autistic adults about autism acceptance from society.
• Be meaningful to the autistic community.

If you are interested in having a conversation with ASERT, which will take about 1.5-2 hours, they will be happy to compensate you for your time!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Shawna Gray at:


A little bit about ASERT

Autism Spectrum Education, Research and Training Group (ASERT) is located in the School Psychology area of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Under the direction of Dr. Adam McCrimmon, the group consists of researchers, clinicians, and professionals interested in understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improving the lives of autistic individuals.

ASERT is currently conducting several research projects that may be of interest to autistics or their families. They are interested in speaking with people regarding their experience of being diagnosed, learning of their diagnosis and aspects of life as autistics. ASERT also run the PEERS social intervention for teens and young adults, and conduct research to determine the effectiveness of the program.

They are also interested in understanding how important aspects of functioning are related to resiliency in autistic individuals. Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges in one’s life and experience success.  As many autistic individuals experience significant challenges in adapting to their environment, the ASERT team believes that better understanding of those specific factors that can promote resilience and positive development in this population. For information about any of these projects, please click here.

ASERT also provides professional services in the form of clinical assessment for autism spectrum disorders to children, youth, or adults, as well as training to professionals who are seeking to learn how to conduct comprehensive, best-practice diagnostic assessments for autism.  If you have any questions about their services, please contact Dr. Adam McCrimmon.

To visit their website, click HERE.


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