Research Autism: Research Projects Underway

This section of our website contains information about some of our current research projects.

All research undertaken by Research Autism has been identified as likely to have a positive impact on the quality of life of people on the autism spectrum and their families.


Hooode man at computerDescription:

Cybercrime is defined as crimes committed through the use of information communication technology.

There is a growing perception among law enforcement agencies that a significant number of those being arrested in connection with cybercrime may be on the autism spectrum. This is an area that has received much attention in the media but little in the way of systematic research.

Research Autism is seeking to undertake a research project to explore the profiles of cyber offenders and their pathways into such offending.


- Identifying whether or not an autism spectrum condition makes for a greater vulnerability to cyber offending

- Raising awareness of autism and cyber offending in law enforcement agencies

- Understanding the pathways into cyber offending to aid prevention

- Developing strategies for raising awareness of risk factors and better prevention of cybercrime by individuals on the autism spectrum

More information: Cybercrime project

Employment Toolkit

Young man with autismDescription: Developing an online job-to-person matching and reasonable adjustment toolkit for employees with autism.

This project will use findings and feedback provided by employers and employees with autism to hone a toolkit, and design a cost-effective online platform to facilitate enhanced job matching and retention.

Impact: This toolkit will be designed to enable:

- the assessment of individual profiles of people with autism in terms of cognitive profiles, vocational preferences and employability skills sets

- enhanced matching of individuals to jobs

- the provision of person-centred guidance for employers to aid the process of making adjustments

The effectiveness of the toolkit will also be fully evaluated as part of this project which is being run with the University of Portsmouth.

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25 Oct 2017