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We are the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Psychology. Under the direction of Dr. Grace Iarocci, we conduct research on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and other Developmental Disabilities.

Please feel free to explore our webpage for news, publications, and opportunities to participate in research.

SFU Autistics United - "All Brains are Beautiful" Workshop on Oct. 31, 2017

SFU Autistics United (SFU AU) is a club at Simon Fraser University that promotes the inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the conversations and decisions that affect our lives. SFU AU will be hosting a neurodiversity workshop titled "All Brains are Beautiful" at Simon Fraser University. There will be discussion on neurodiversity, and how we can better support neurodiverse individuals within our community. The workshop is open to everyone and offers an opportunity to learn from autistic self-advocates and the opportunity to network with people from various communities and organizations.

Event Details:

Time: Tuesday October 31st, 2017 at 2:30-4:30 pm
Location: Maggie Benson Centre (MBC) room 2290 & 2292 at Simon Fraser Univeristy Burnaby Campus
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Topics of Discussion:

  • Neurodiversity, and why all brains are beautiful
  • A brief overview of autistic advocacy history
  • Autistic identity and it's intersections with other marginalized identities
  • Sensory stimulation and stimulation toys
  • Misconceptions, myths, and media representation
  • Community care and support, and resources for youth, families, and adults

SFU Autistcs United Contact Information:

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How Do Children Learn From Others?

Principal Investigator: Hilary Aime

Do you have a child between the ages of 7 and 12 years old? The Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab is currently looking for parents and their children (both with and without autism) to complete a fun, 30-minute online study! This study involves answering a few brief questions and then video-recording you and your child learning how to make some origami figures together. Everyone who completes this study is entered in a draw to win a new Apple iPad, with a 1 in 50 chance to win! If you have more than one child between the ages of 7 and 12, you can participate with each child separately and be entered into the draw for each child!

If you’d like to complete the study, please follow this link:

Parent Survey on Sound Sensitivity

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elina Birmingham

Are you a parent to an individual with ASD? Does your son or daughter (any age) experience issues with sound sensitivity that impacts their daily life? We want to hear from you! We are surveying parents about their child’s experiences dealing with sound sensitivity. The survey will take under 30 minutes to complete (approx 15-20 min). As a thank-you for your time you will be given the option of being entered in a draw to win a $100 gift card to

To complete the survey please visit this URL (you may need to copy and paste it into your browser):

For questions or to learn more, email [ |

Mission Statement

The director, students, and staff of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab are committed to maximizing the quality of life and social development for children with and without developmental disabilities. We believe in the full inclusion of all children in society. We believe that research is needed to achieve this ideal of inclusion.

Our research focuses on how children learn to act appropriately in social situations and how families and communities can support the development of social competence. We recognize the significant challenges to social inclusion faced by children with developmental disabilities such as ASD and Down syndrome and our research is designed to produce information to address these challenges through better awareness, understanding, and teaching strategies.

The research at ADDL has been funded by the Canadian Tri-Councils (SSHRC, CIHR, & NSERC), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Human Early Partnership, and the Laurel Foundation.

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