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Northwestern University
Seeking individuals with an autism spectrum disorder for a research study to improve job interview skills.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Contact: Emily Ginger
446 E. Ontario, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 695-4293
Requirements: must have an autism spectrum disorder; 1-3 hour visits at the research office; unemployed or underemployed; and actively seeking employment.
Participation includes: computer simulated job interviews; interview role-plays; and learning and memory assessments.
Age eligibility: 18-65.
You will be compensated for your time and travel.

Rush University Medical Center
Autism Resource Center

Natalie Forburger, MA, LPC, director
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-2272
Cook County
Some treatments for autism can be quite costly. The Autism Resource Center at Rush University Medical Center is conducting a research project to get a better sense of how fees can impact healthcare for families of children with an autism spectrum disorder. We hope to use the information you provide on the surveys to help make services more available to children with autism. You may participate in our study by completing a 25-item survey, either online or by calling Natalie at (312) 563-2272.
Age eligibility: birth and up.
Cost: free.
No wait list.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Are you a social entrepreneur with an intellectual disability? Do you have a business, microenterprise, or non-profit?
Contact: Kate Caldwell
(312) 996-4711
Where and when? Interviews will be held in Chicago this October. You will be able to choose the date and place that works best for you. There will be two interviews. Each interview will last 1 hour. You can participate if you have a intellectual disability; live in the Chicagoland area; and are self-employed, have a business or non-profit. For more information and to learn more about the project and ask questions, come to El Valor, 1924 W. 21st St., Chicago, IL 60608, on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.
Age eligibility: 18-64.
Cost: no cost to participants.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for Juvenile Research
The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is conducting research to better understand and diagnose: autism, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders.
Contact: Lana Roth, LCSW
1747 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
(312) 413-4624
Eligible participants may receive neuropsychological and socio-communicative assessments, diagnostic interviews, neurological examination, medication management services and blood draw. The overall goal of this study is to learn about the genetic influences and neurobiological substrates of autism and other autism spectrum disorders. In addition, they are studying the relationship of genes to medication response.
Age eligibility: 5-30.
No fee. Patients will be compensated accordingly for each of the studies completed.
Up to one-month wait.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for Juvenile Research Department of Psychiatry
The Simons Simplex Collection
Contact: Lana Roth, LCSW
1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 155
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-4624
Cook County
This project is designed to identify genetic risk factors for autism. Goal: search will lead to a better understanding of autism and to new effective therapies. Eligible families: one or more siblings with autism spectrum disorder and both biological parents must be willing to participate. Experts will conduct a free, comprehensive evaluation of your child. Most study components, including a blood draw, will be conducted in friendly and supportive clinics. The study questionnaires can be completed in your home.
Age eligibility: 4 and up.
No wait list.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for Juvenile Research
Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder
1747 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
Contact: Sarah Youngkin
(312) 413-9061
UIC is now recruiting children and adults for a research study to test how well an investigational medication works to treat symptoms assiciated with autism spectrum disorder.
Study Information: 22-week research study comparing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication and placebo (sugar pills); all evaluations are conducted and study medication is provided at no cost to the participants; families who participate will be reimbursed for their travel expenses; under the direction of Dr. Edwin Cook and Dr. Fedra Najjar.
Age eligibility: 5-21.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Contact: Susan Cahill (PhD student)
If interested, call (708) 214-7174 or email
Study focuses on understanding the perspectives of parents of youth with an autism spectrum disorder as it relates to educational experiences. Eligibility requirements include the ability to participate in a discussion with a relative stranger for 30-40 minutes about pictures. They must have the ability to ask other individuals whether or not they would mind having their photograph taken and have the ability to respond to the individual's answer. They must receive special education and/or related services. They must be able to follow written or picture checklists and should be permitted and encouraged by their teachers and other school personnel to take photographs throughout the school day.
Age eligibility: 14-21.

University of Illinois-Chicago
Department of Psychology
Contact: Magen Rooney, PI: Jennifer Wiley
Participants wanted: Adults with Aspergers are needed for research examining differences in attentional profiles.
Participants will take part in 1-2 hour sessions in their laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Age eligibility: 18-24.
Cost: you will be compensated $20/hour for your participation.

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Autism is a complex disorder. Our website provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals. 

The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our website. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our website again for any future referrals.

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