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Research Requests

 Aspergers Victoria regularly receives requests from researchers to advertise opportunities for our members to be participants in their research projects. Listed below are current projects. Please ensure you investigate the requirements carefully before deciding to be involved.

    If you are a Researcher and have an authorised research study that is relevant to what we do, our members and which may be appropriate for us to publicise on our website, please complete the Research Request form and send an email to the Research Requests Co-ordinator with a copy of the research project that you want publicised through us and a copy of the ethics approval associated with the research. We will consider your request and respond to you as soon as possible. We would also appreciate you forwarding us the report or summary at the end of your project, so we may inform our members of the outcome of the research projects they may participate in.

    Current Research seeking participants 

     Deakin Uni -Significant Safety Factors in School Environment for Teens

    Deakin Uni are seeking adolestcentswho are willing to discuss their views and experiences of the factors in school environment that are significant to their safety and wellbeing. This study is expected to feed into Australia's National Safe School Framework and Victoria’s Program for Students with Disabilities for fostering wellbeing, safety, anti-bullying and inclusion of students with ASD.

    Who can participate?

    • Adolescents of secondary school age who identify as being on the autism spectrum.
    • Must be at a mainstream school in Victoria.
    What does participating involve?
      Taking part in four sessions altogether (time and place that is convenient) :  1) A 30 minute introduction meeting with the researcher; 2) A 45-60 minute session at school (outside school hours) to take photographs of the things and spaces significant to participant’s safety and wellbeing at school;  3) Participate in one 45-60-minute interview to talk about the photos taken and 4) Take part in an a brief information verification meeting. Teens will be reimbursed with a $20 gift card per session (maximum $80 total). They can bring a companion/parent to the meetings  if they wish to. 
        Where can I find further information?

        Latrobe Uni - Insomnia Intervention for Adults on the Spectrum:

        Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre OTARC are seeking adults on the autism spectrum be part of a research to evaluate an insomnia intervention. 

        Who can participate?

        • Adults aged 18-65 with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum (with no intellectual disability) who have trouble sleeping;
        • Living in Melbourne.
        What does participating involve?
        • Please contact Dr Lawson (see below for more information below.
        Where can I find further information?

        University of NSW - Autism Spectrum Diagnosis in Adulthood

        University of NSW and Autism CRC researchers are seeking adults (and parents of adults with ASD) who are willing to share their experience of getting an autism diagosis in adulthood.    

        Where can I find further information?

        Monash Uni - Diagnosing Girls with ASD

        Monash Uni are seeking parents of girls who are willing to discuss their experience of getting an autism diagosis for their daughter; specifically - the factors that helped and the barriers that made if more difficult. They are hoping this research will help add insight into the reasons why girls with autism are often diagnosed later than boys.   

        Who can participate?

        • Parents of girls aged up to 18 years with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.
        What does participating involve?
        • Taking part in an interview with a member of the research team at a time and place convenient for you. 
        Where can I find further information?

        Southern Queensland Uni - Autism in the Workplace: The Employer Perspective:

        University of Southern Queensland are seeking employers (and potential employers) of an individual with autism, to take part in their research project.    

        Who can participate?

        • CEOs, Managers, Supervisors or Team Leaders
        • Must have employed an individual with autism, or is interested in doing so
        • Must have first-hand experience or have worked directly with the individual concerned (if an individual with autism has already been employed). 
        What does participating involve?
        • Taking part in a phone/online invterview lasting 45-60 minutes.  
        Where can I find further information?

        Latrobe Uni - Social Challenges in the Workplace Research:

        Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre OTARC are seeking adult employees (or their supervisors/support wrokers) to be part of a research into the social challenges individuals on the autism spectrum have experienced in the workplace.   

        Who can participate?

        • Adults aged 18 years and over who are currently employed, with a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition
        • Supervisors or support staff who support employees on the autism spectrum in the workplace. 
        What does participating involve?
        • Completing an online survey, where you will be asked to describe up to 10 examples of: i) times when individuals on the autism spectrum have misinterpreted or were not aware of social rules in the workplace, or ii) times when the social intentions of employees on the spectrum have been misinterpreted by other employees.
        • Survey may take from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of examples and the amount of detail in the responses.
        • Access the study here and view an information sheeet. 
        Please contact Dr Simon Bury at s.bury@latrobe.edu.au 
        Where can I find further information?

        Charles Sturt Uni - Autism Anxiety & Eye Contact :

        Charles Sturt Uni are seeking adults who are on the autism spectrum or who are partners, parents/carers of someone on the autism spectrum, to chat about autism, anxiety and facial gaze.

        Who can participate?

        • Adults aged over 18 years, with a confirmed ASD diagnosis, or  partners, parents/carers (over 18 years) of such adults. 
        What does participating involve?
        • Participating in a 30 min to 1 hour semi-structured interview (online or in person)
        • Interview can take place either online (Skype) or at a library local to you. 
        Please contact Donna Milne via email: dmilne@csu.edu.au or phone: 0438056471 
        Where can I find further information?

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