Aspect is committed to supporting relevant and thoughtful research into autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We welcome proposals from academics, practitioners, researchers and university students to conduct research that will benefit people with an ASD, their families, and professionals working in the field.
Aspect can support external research projects by:
- advertising ‘calls for participants’ on our website and in our publicity materials;
- facilitating contact with Aspect service managers and clients;
- where appropriate, providing advice on methodological and ethical issues.
In order to comply with professional ethics and ensure research integrity, all proposed research projects involving Aspect staff and/or clients must first be reviewed by the Aspect Research Approvals Committee.
We operate a two-tiered research approvals system: Tier 1 is a fast-track process and Tier 2 is a full application process. The level of application you need to submit will depend on the type of support you are seeking from Aspect and whether your research has already been granted ethics approval from another organisation. The document below: “Information about conducting research at Aspect” contains information to help you decide which application tier applies to you.
If you wish to submit a research proposal to Aspect, please contact Dr Susan Bruck, Research Officer, Education Development & Research, on
or Kerry Ritzrow, Administration Assistant, Education & Research on
with a brief outline of your project. You will be sent a Research & Ethics application pack by return email and will have the opportunity to discuss your project requirements before submitting your application. Alternatively, you can access the application documents directly using the links below.
External researchers are asked to note the following limitations and exclusions to our capacity to provide research support:
1. Staff and clients connected to Aspect schools (i.e. students, teachers and families) tend to be in high demand as research participants. Whilst we are willing to discuss individual project requirements on a case-by-case basis, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to facilitate access to our school populations for external researchers.
2. We regret that due to a high volume of external research enquiries, we are currently unable to support research applications from high school students. If you are a high school student wishing to conduct a project about autism, you may wish to consider reviewing secondary sources of information such as textbooks, autobiographies and websites (see our Useful Research Links page for suggestions) or making use of personal contacts, such as family friends, who have some knowledge or experience of ASD. If you would like further information or guidance on conducting your project, please contact Dr Susan Bruck, Research Officer, Education Development & Research, on
Research Approval Criteria and Guidelines (PDF 166KB)
Responsible Conduct Form for Students (PDF 62KB)
Information About Conducting Research at Aspect (PDF 248KB)
Research Proposal and Ethics Application (DOC 321KB)