Call for participants – fathers and autism research – North West England

Call for participants – fathers and autism research – North West England


I am a research student from the University of York Centre for Women’s Studies, my name is Jo Heeney.

I am carrying out research interviews for my PhD with fathers who have autistic sons and daughters (of all ages) and I am seeking dads in the North West of England who might be interested in taking part.

This study focuses on the things that fathers do. Modern family life often involves mothers and fathers taking turns to work and care; you may be a single father caring on your own, or you might be an older father with adult offspring. You may be from a minority ethnic background. Whatever your family situation, I would love to hear from you.

The study is also designed to show that people with autism are active individuals in their own right, who have relationships, interests, likes and dislikes like anybody else.

This study has had full ethical approval, and participation is voluntary and confidential.

If you are interested, please email me on in confidence and I will send you further information.

If you have and concerns or comments about this research project you can contact my supervisors Prof. Vicki Robinson and Prof. Dan Goodley on the email addresses below:



About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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