Opportunities to get involved
If you identify as a member of the neurodiversity community, there are several ways to make your voice heard in academic research.
Participate in research
If you identify as a member of the neurodiversity community. There are several ways to make your voice heard in academic research. These studies are voluntary and it is up to your own discretion whether you’d like to become a research participant. You have no obligation to take part in research studies at any time.
You might be asked to get involved in various formats:
- Interviews: This usually involves discussions with a researcher about your experiences, thoughts or opinions that relate to the given topic. This can happen in person on campus or online, depending on the specific study.
- Focus groups: This involves group discussions between a researcher or a team of researchers and a collection of research participants. All with something in common (for example, a group of autistic adults or disabled women). Depending on the research topic for the study, the group will usually be asked questions relating to a specific topic. For example, experiences with employment or bullying.
- Surveys: This is conducted online. It requires you to use a computer connected to the internet to answer a series of questions. The questions are generally presented in multiple-choice, short-answer, long-answer or tick-box. But, it can come in a variety of other formats. Each survey will tell you at the beginning how long it takes and what is required of you.
Neurodiversity community organisations
There are many organisations actively working to research and offer support to our Neurodiverse community:
- The Neurodiversity Hub
- The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre – Our research facility dedicated to autism
- Amaze – An organisation that connects autistic people to support networks in Victoria
- Neurodiversity Celebration Week
- Autism Forums – Connect with others and/ or learn more about autism from autistic people
- Australasian Society for Autism Research – Australia’s leading research society for scholars interested in autism.