Cassandra Willyard is a freelance science writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. She began writing about science in 2004. Her work has appeared in Discover, Popular Science, Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, and The Scientist, among others. She covers everything from ecology to epigenetics, but her favorite topic is infectious diseases.
For individuals with autism, a trip to the clinic — an unfamiliar place with strange people and instruments — can be exceedingly stressful. And as many genetic databases for autism include tens of thousands of participants, it is increasingly challenging for researchers to do in-person assessments for each individual. On 14 February, SFARI hosted a workshop to explore the benefits and pitfalls of using online tools to help collect data from individuals with autism.