Ohio Family Story: Advocate Elaine Hamilton

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Elaine Hamilton has spent years helping families of children with disabilities, as a parent mentor, advocate, and volunteer in Ohio. So when a representative of SPARK asked her to tell others about the autism study, she quickly agreed. In fact, she did more than that: she signed up her own family.

“I did it for myself as well,” she says. Her daughter Maliyah, 17, has autism. Two relatives also have autism, and Elaine Hamilton suspects a genetic link. Participants in SPARK — people with autism and often their parents — provide a saliva sample for genetic testing. SPARK researchers look for changes in genes and chromosomes that may contribute to autism.

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Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to download the English version of the application and share with families in your community.

Click here to download the Spanish version of the application and share with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to OhioSFEC@osu.edu.

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.

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