Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT
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About SPARK for Autism


SPARK is a research initiative funded by the Simons Foundation, and CHOP's Center for Autism Research is among 25 research sites across the country that are joining forces to enroll 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder- and their biological parents- in order to learn about the genetic causes of autism.


Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street
1st Floor Conference Center
Philadelphia, PA, PA 19146

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RSVP Required

by July 21st


To RSVP, please email
Lindsey Demarco at spark@email.chop.edu or call 267-426-4971. 

Lindsey will follow up with you to schedule a SPARK sign-up time during the event.


Autism Family Fun Day & SPARK Sign-Up Event on July 22!

Join CAR for activities, treats, and prizes- and help us SPARK a movement for autism by joining families across the country to be part of the largest-ever autism study in the U.S.!

This is a free event for individuals with autism and their families to take a break from the heat, have some treats and enjoy sensory-friendly activities- and to participate in autism research!

 Here's how:

  • RSVP for the event with your family and arrange a time for your SPARK registration.
  • Arrive for family fun any time between 11 AM and 3:30 PM!

To sign up for the SPARK study, you will meet with a research coordinator from the Center for Autism Research to complete a straightforward 20-minute online registration.

 Both biological parents must be present at the event in order to complete the study. Experienced CAR staff will be available to keep children entertained with activities while parents complete the registration. After parents complete the registration, all family members will provide a saliva sample at your own pace, and your study participation will be complete!

  • Families who complete the entire study will receive a gift card code in their email at a later date.
  • Stay as long as you'd like to enjoy the activities or speak with CAR staff, or step outside to enjoy the Schuylkill River Trail just outside our doors!
  • Guests at the event will receive goodie bags and door prizes, including the chance to win tickets to regional attractions!
  • For more information aboout SPARK, visit www.sparkforautism.org/chop.

Sensory Activities & Crafts!       Face- Painting!  

  Photo Booth! Balloon Animals!

Gluten-Free treats! Give-aways & Door Prizes!

  Resources and Guidance from CAR staff!

Explore the Schuylkill River Trail and Boardwalk!

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