Saturday, 24. August 2019, Balboa Park Carousel, SPARK at Balboa Park!

from 24. August 2019 - 8:00 till 11:00

Balboa Park Carousel

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Join The UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence at our next SPARK for Autism live, on-site registration event at the Balboa Park Carousel! Free, unlimited carousel rides along with fun games for the whole family after joining SPARK (takes about 30-60 minutes to complete)!
Choose from 3 Saturdays:Saturday, August 10th, 17th, or 24thTime: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Balboa Park Carousel – 1889 Zoo Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
The UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is hosting a series of live-registration events at the Balboa Park Carousel to sign up families who have a child diagnosed with ASD for SPARK. SPARK, the largest national autism genetics research study to date, is committed to transforming our understanding of autism and helping improve the lives of individuals affected by autism and their families. Nearly 18,000 families nationwide are already participating in SPARK! There is no cost to participate. Simply complete a 20-30 minute registration process, provide some saliva, and enjoy the event!
Registrants will receive:

Unlimited rides at the Balboa Park Carousel FREE of charge along with tons of fun activities! (Rides end at 10:30 AM)

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Access to dozens of resources on the SPARK website and assistance with completing the SPARK registration and saliva collection

Amazon e-giftcard valued up to $50 (after confirming receipt of adequate saliva samples from all participating family members)


Any individual diagnosed with autism and their immediate family members (i.e. parents and siblings).

Current SPARK participants who would like assistance collecting saliva samples or completing their registration.

***As this is a genetic study, we ask that BOTH biological parents, individual diagnosed with ASD and any siblings willing to participate attend the event! Families must be able to complete the registration and consent forms in English

RSVP is REQUIRED no later than one week prior to the event dates (e.g. RSVP by August 3rd for the August 10th event, etc.)
If you are unable to attend any of the event dates but would like to participate in SPARK, you can register at home by visiting or by making an appointment at the UCSD ACE clinic by calling the number above.
Please contact us at (858) 534-6906 or with any questions or concerns!
More about SPARK:
Today we simply don’t know enough about autism. SPARK—which stands for 'Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge'—aims to make important progress possible with a simple mission: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. As autism is a spectrum, researchers need many people with autism to participate in all types of research. Until now, only a small number of individuals and families affected by autism have ever participated in research. SPARK wants to invite the entire autism community to dramatically expand its participation. Over 20 of the nation's leading medical schools are part of this effort! 
Learn more about SPARK here and at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Event FAQs
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us directly at or call us at 858-534-6906.
What if I already signed up for SPARK but haven't completed my participation?
Please contact us directly at or 858-534-6906 with details about where you are in the registration process. You may need to bring your saliva kits with you if you've already received them in the mail.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You're not required to bring your ticket with you to the event! 
Will there be food or beverages at the event? 
Due to regulations we will NOT be providing food at the event. Families are more than welcome to bring their own food or beverages if they desire. No food or beverages will be allowed on the Carousel, 
What am I NOT allowed to bring with me to the event?
Please note the following things are not allowed at all City of San Diego parks/facilities:


Glass beverage containers

Picking flowers or damaging shrubs, plants, trees

Balloons (of ALL types)

Remote controlled soaring and/or gliding crafts


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