External Research

The Redpath Centre frequently receives requests from the community to support research projects external to the Centre. Our decision to support and advertise research is based on: (1) the quality and design of the research method, (2) the topic of the research and potential to positively affect individuals with AS, their families or communities, and (3) the researcher's previous experience (and that of their supervisor) in the ASD research or practice. All projects posted have formal ethical approval and originate from a Canadian institution.


Are you a parent of a child with special needs or disabilities? Are you also lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ)?

I am a doctoral student in social work at the University of Toronto. I am currently interviewing LGBTQ parents who have children with suspected or identified special needs. Interviews will last 1-2 hours and participants will receive $30 for their time, plus expenses. We would meet at a time and place that is convenient for you. I am hoping to talk to parents from a range of experiences and identities, including diverse gender and sexual identities, racial and ethnic identities, economic backgrounds, and family structures. If you are interested in more information about this project, or you know of anyone who might be interested in participating, please contact me at (416) 890-0357 or margaret.gibson@mail.utoronto.ca.


Reading, Seeing and Hearing Voices: What can autistic adults teach social workers?

This study seeks to explore the stories of autistic adults who received social work services as children and youth, or are receiving social work services as adults. The stories collected in this online, confidential, and completely voluntary study will contribute to a social work graduate studies Major Research Paper. Participants will be asked to answer questions about their experiences with social workers related to their diagnosis in a private, online chat between the researcher and the participant only. The general themes of the questions are connected to gaining insight into how the actions of social workers impact the lives of participants. The online interview should take approximately one hour, but may take place over a longer period should the participant wish to take more time. Please contact Tobi at tobi.mcevenue@ryerson.ca. Participants may also request that Tobi contact them by telephone to explain the details of the study.