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Gender and Autism Project

The goal of this study is to create a support group and resources for adolescents who identify as both autistic and gender diverse using input from adolescents, parents, and professionals.

Age & Gender

  • 10 years ~ 99 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive


United States (Nationwide)

What will be asked of you

Your child's participation in this study will involve: 1. Completion of two surveys. Survey one will ask for demographic information about your child including geographic region, race, and age range. Survey two will ask questions specific to their experiences with resources and healthcare related to autism and gender diversity and ask for feedback on existing practices that may be used in a support group curriculum. They may skip any questions and stop participation at any time. 2. Some participants in the survey will be asked to participate in a follow up interview about their experiences via Zoom and/or review a draft of the support group curriculum and provide feedback. At the end of the survey, they will be asked if being contacted about these future research activities is ok. They will need parental permission to participate. You will be sent a $20 gift card via email for your child's participation. You may also complete the parent survey and receive a $20 giftcard yourself.


$20 gift card

Total length of participation:
1 day

Looking for Specific Volunteers

Able to participate:

  • Your child is 10 to 21 years old
  • Your child identifies as autistic (and/or is diagnosed but diagnosis not required)
  • Your child identifies as gender diverse (transgender, agender, gender expansive, nonbinary, gender exploring)
  • You and your child speak English (may use augmentative means)

Not eligible if:

  • Your child is NOT 10 to 21 years old
  • Your child DOES NOT identify as autistic (and/or is diagnosed but diagnosis not required)
  • Your child DOES NOT identify as gender diverse
  • You or your child DO NOT speak English.

Contact the Team

Visit Location

  •  Sallie Nowell

100% Remote (online, phone, text)

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Sallie Nowell
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Study Type

Behavioral or Social

Study Topics

Child and Teen Health
Mental and Emotional Health
Parents of Children

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