Participate in Research

This page lists current and upcoming research participation opportunities. 

 If you have a study you would like to feature here, please email Sarah O'Flanagan at  

These studies are conducted by individual researchers and research teams.  Studies, researchers and teams that are or, are not affiliated with the Developmental Disabilities Program maintain their own study data and are responsible for their own ethics protocols. 

Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disability Transitioning to Adulthood

Researchers at Western University are looking for volunteers to participate in a study investigating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability transitioning into adulthood.

The study includes two 30 minute to one hour interviews: 1 with the youth with ASD and ID, and one with the caregivier.  

The criteria for participation in this study are:

  1. Must have been out of highschool in the past 2 years.  
  2. Must speak English
  3. Must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder AND mid-moderate Intellectual Disability


For more information, you can contact Richa Mehta at, and/or view the flyer for this study here: flyer.  


Examining the Effects of a STEM Program on the Inquiry Skill Development Among Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This study’s purpose is to determine the effects of a video-modeling intervention package on the inquiry skill development among children ages 8-10 with a diagnosis of an intellectual and/or developmental disability. These target skills will be practiced within a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) one-on-one virtual Zoom lesson. Appropriate exploration and investigation skills required in a STEM learning environment will be the focus. During the study, children will attend 1-hour sessions 5 times a week for approximately 6 weeks in addition to five 1-hour follow-up sessions two weeks after the program has ended. Throughout the STEM lessons, caregivers may be required to assist with the preparation of STEM materials needed for the lesson. 

For more information, contact Kailee Leisemer at 

A recruitment flyer is available for viewing here:  flyer