Parents, caregivers of Black youth with autism needed for transition supports research study

A research team at Vanderbilt University is seeking families of Black youth ages 14–24 with an autism diagnosis to participate in research that will be used to help improve supports, services and policy decisions for Black youth and their families as they navigate transition services into adulthood.

Assistant Professor of Special Education Elizabeth Biggs, Ph.D., and her team are currently recruiting Metro Nashville parents or caregivers whose child fits the following criteria:

  • is between the ages of 14 and 24;
  • has an educational or medical diagnosis of autism;
  • has received or is currently receiving special education services; and
  • identifies as Black or African American.

Study participation includes the parent or caregiver completing a series of online questionnaires (approximately 15 minutes) and completing an interview with a research team member, either through Zoom or in person (approximately 60 minutes).

Participation is designed to be convenient and can be done at times and locations of the participant’s choosing. Families will receive a $50 gift card for completed participation in the study.

Complete the interest form at to learn more and to volunteer. A research team member will contact you to answer any questions you might have.

For more information, contact Asya Miles at