Research study by Carly Albaum:

Carly Albaum is assisting with a research study being conducted through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (Principal Investigator: Dr. Yona Lunsky), in collaboration with York University (Co-Investigator: Dr. Jonathan Weiss).

The invitation is for adults (18+ years-old) who are on the autism spectrum from across Canada to complete a brief survey on their interest in mindfulness.  Mindfulness involves bringing your attention and awareness to the present moment, which can help to promote mental health and well-being. They are interested in learning if mindfulness training is something that adults on the autism spectrum would be interested in taking part in, and if it can be delivered using a web-based program. The researchers will use the information from this survey to design such a group.

If you are interested in completing this survey, please click this link:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Carly Albaum at

Research study by Barbara Rodrigues:

Please note: this questionnaire will close at midnight April 6/18. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of having an adult child with autism on the parents.  Studies support that parents of children with autism are stressed ((Hoffman, Sweeney, Hodge, Lopez-Wagner & Looney, 2009; Ooi, Ong, Jacob & Khan, 2016; Smith et al., 2010).  However, how does the adult child with autism affect other areas of a parent’s life, such as their health, work or career path, social life and relationships?  When children with autism become adults with autism, a parent’s responsibilities do not cease or lessen.  In most cases, the care and responsibilities of their adult children increase as supports and programs become less accessible.

This study hopes to explore the impacts of having an adult child with autism on the parents beyond the more commonly used stress and quality of life scales and measures.  This research may provide input and direction into the supports and programs needed to relieve that stress for the growing number of families caring for adult children with autism.

Parents of adult children (18 years and older) are invited to participate in this online only questionnaire.  Participation is voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. The online questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants can decline to answer any question as they choose. Participants will remain anonymous and all data will be held securely.

If you are interested in participating in this survey, please click this link:

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Barbara Rodrigues at








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