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What is this research study about?

We want to develop a new assistive technology system for older people on the autism spectrum to help them gain or maintain their independence in everyday activities.

Why should I help?

As we get older, our minds and bodies start to slow down and we begin to face a number of challenges with everyday activities (e.g. cooking, shopping and finance management etc). The focus of this project is on the development of an assistive technology system that will help support independent living for older adults on the autism spectrum.

Participants will be reimbursed $20 per hour in e-gift cards for their time.

Who can take part?

You are invited to take part in this study if you are 50 years or older, and

  • Have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
  • Live in Australia
  • Have a smart device (phone or tablet)

Who is conducting this study?

This study is funded by the University of New South Wales Ageing Futures Institute and being conducted by researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete an online or telephone interview. This will consist of questions about you and how you use technology to assist with activities you do in your daily life. The interviews will take 1 hour to 2 hours to complete.

When and where?

Surveys will be available online. Interviews may be conducted via phone or videoconference.

To find out more about the study and register to participate:

Please contact our research team member Kieran Elley:


Chief Investigator Dr Lidan Zheng:

  • Telephone: +61 2 9399 1041
  • Email:

Please feel free to forward this information to others who might also be interested in participating.

Phone us to discuss how we can help you.

Call 1800 277 328

Send us a message and we'll get back to you.

Enquire with Autism Spectrum Australia