Category Archives: SPARK

SPARK January Webinar – Addressing Autism in Today’s Criminal Justice System

Hello SPARK Community Partners!

See below for information about registering for SPARK’s January webinar on autism and the criminal justice system.

            SPARK Webinar – Creating a Culture of Prevention: Addressing Autism in Today’s Criminal Justice System

            Leigh Ann Davis, MSSW, MPA & Samantha Crane, JD

            Tuesday, January 23

            9-10am PST

            Click here to register.

Ms. Davis and Ms. Crane will discuss:

·         Individual strategies and system reforms that could increase the safety of individuals with autism when interacting with police and the criminal justice system

·         Ways to reduce unnecessary police interactions, improve access to emergency services, and ensure access to effective communication in emergencies or during police interactions

Come Participate! Genetics Research and Pirates- What could be better?

Our Research Team is hosting a PIRATE-THEMED Research Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2nd!  Families interested in participating in autism genetics research will have the opportunity to complete 1-2 research studies in a single day!

The SPARK and PANGEA studies are exploring genetic differences related to autism.  Families who attend the family fun day will be able to complete online registration and saliva collection for SPARK and/or a blood draw for PANGEA.  There will be food, games, prizes, parking, and childcare available!  To RSVP to this event, please contact the research team at 206-987-7917 or at

WHAT: Fun, research participation event for families

WHEN: Saturday, December 2 from 9am to 5pm

WHERE: Seattle Children’s Autism Center, 4909 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

THEME: Pirates and Buried Treasure!

UW/SCAC SPARK Attends 13th Annual Northwest Autism Conference in Richland, WA

Last week, our lead SPARK study coordinator, Emily, visited the Tri-Cities for the 13th Annual Northwest Autism Conference.  This two-day conference is hosted for providers, educators, and family members affected by autism.  Presenters covered a range of topics this year including early identification and intervention, adolescence and puberty, and transition skills for adulthood.  This was the SPARK study’s second year as a vendor at this event.  Emily had a table with study materials for families and providers, and she answered questions from attendees about participating in SPARK and about autism research, in general. It was another great conference year!

SPARK June Webinar


Hello SPARK Community Partners!

Spark March Webinar

SPARK hosts free monthly webinars on topics related to autism for families registered with SPARK and for providers in the community.  The March webinar will feature Kathy Koenig, MSN, of the Yale Child Study Center.  Ms. Koenig is the director of Yale’s Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and she will be discussing challenges in diagnosis and intervention for girls and women with autism.

March 23, 2017, 9:00-10:00am PST, Register at:

Click below to view the Flyer!

March Webinar Poster Pacific Time (1)