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SPARK Snapshots: A Window Into the Autism Journey

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Date Revised: August 9, 2022

Sometimes, when you participate in research, you are left wondering what scientists have discovered. SPARK won’t let that happen. One way that SPARK is giving back to the autism community is by providing summary reports of data that have been collected. These reports are called SPARK Snapshots. They provide a window into the journeys of SPARK participants and contain interesting findings from the information that families have provided. As more families join SPARK and we explore new topics, we’ll take a new Snapshot to share our discoveries.

We take time to ensure that the information in the SPARK Snapshots and other reports is accurate, but these findings have not been evaluated by outside scientists via a process called peer review. View the peer-reviewed scientific publications made possible by your participation in SPARK. 

Our current snapshots and reports, in PDF format, are listed below:

  • SPARK Snapshot – Autistic Independent Adults. The findings in this Snapshot were gathered from information provided by independent autistic adults participating in SPARK from December 2015 through April 2022.
  • SPARK 5-Year Progress Report. Since SPARK launched in late 2015, more than a quarter of a million people, including over 100,000 people with autism, have joined and have contributed to our knowledge about autism. Read about all that SPARK has accomplished during its first 5 years.
  • SPARK Snapshot – All Participants with Autism. When were our participants diagnosed and by whom? Were there problems during pregnancy and birth? How many people have conditions such as epilepsy, ADHD, and sleep problems? This SPARK Snapshot provides information about the 106,582 people with autism that joined SPARK between December 2015 and June 2021.

Listed below are older reports and snapshots from SPARK’s launch through 2020: