Much of the research on positive aspects of Autism–such as thriving–has been done through the lens of teacher and parent reports. Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Autism Spectrum Education, Research and Training Group (ASERT) are conducting a study to better understand what thriving looks like and means to 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 will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Chelsea Bicknell at

If you are interested in participating, click the button below to complete the survey.

Autistic Thriving Survey



ASERT is located in the School Psychology area of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Under the direction of Dr. Adam McCrimmon, the group consists of researchers, clinicians, and professionals interested in understanding autism and improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

We are currently conducting several research projects that may be of interest to individuals on the spectrum or their families. We also run the PEERS social intervention for teens and young adults. We 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, we believe 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.

We also provide professional services in the form of clinical assessment for autism 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 our services, please contact Dr. Adam McCrimmon.

You can visit their website by clicking here:

This study is approved by the University of Calgary Research Ethics Board (REB23-0799)


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