Much of the research on positive aspects of autism–such as the concept of thriving–has historically been gained through teacher and parent reports, limiting the voice of the individual and their lived experiences, and leaving a gap in knowledge about how those on the autism spectrum actually come to thrive.

Researchers at the Autism Spectrum Education, Research and Training (ASERT) Lab at the University of Calgary are conducting a study to explore what thriving looks like and how it is defined by autistic adults in their own words.

If you have an autism diagnosis, are 18 or older, and speak English, you may be eligible to participate!

Participation involves completing a short online questionnaire, which is expected to take approximately 15 minutes.

If you would like more information about the study or are interested in participating, please contact Chelsea Bicknell at

The University of Calgary Research Ethics Board has approved this study (REB23-0799)


An illustration of a side profile of person with blue hair. The top of their head is open and there are a variety of plants and flowers coming out. This implies that there is growth and blooming--things society equates with thriving--happening in the mind of that individual.

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