SPARK is committed to including diverse voices in every aspect of our research. We do this to ensure that our efforts improve the lives of the autism community based on scientific evidence. We work every day to further our study by listening to our participants, researchers, and the autism community. In addition, we rely on the following groups of advisors who focus on the improvement of the SPARK study.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION ADVISORY BOARD
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Board guides SPARK’s efforts to increase representation of communities of color in autism research. It is a diverse group of scientists, clinicians, and community leaders who provide guidance on strategies to build partnerships, increase awareness, and promote participation in research among underrepresented racial and ethnic communities. Learn more…
PARTICIPANT ACCESS COMMITTEE
SPARK’s Participant Access Committee (PAC) reviews all applications submitted for SPARK Research Match to make sure that the studies that apply for Research Match and are approved have the potential to contribute to the understanding of autism. The committee also makes sure that the studies are sensitive to the needs of the community. The committee members work to ensure that the studies align with SPARK’s mission, that they do not overburden the participants, and that any incentives given to the participants, such as gift cards, take into account the amount of time that participants will spend and the study’s budget. Learn more…