Online focus groups on autistic inertia

Are you autistic?

Do you get stuck
 and can’t start things?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to both of these questions, we would like you to consider participating in some research conducted by the University of Manchester.

We are looking at the problems autistic people sometimes have with getting started on things, even if they really need or want to do them. Some people call this ‘inertia’. Some examples of what we mean are:

  • taking care of yourself like eating, going to bed, and hygiene routines,
  • doing important paperwork,
  • going out for exercise, necessary errands or fun, and many more things. Just about anything, in fact!

The problems may be BIG or small. You may know how todo the task or have difficulty figuring out where to start. You may feel anxious about it, or completely confident. We want to learn more about being unable to do things you want or need to do and what helps. To be eligible, you need to:

  • have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (ASD, autism, Aspergers, etc.),
  • be age 18-60,
  • be able to express yourself using words,
  • be able to attend one of my online groups when scheduled.

What will happen?

  • An online text-based discussion with 6-8 people.
  • The session will last approximately one hour.
  • You will be paid a little for your time (as a voucher).

Who is doing it?

This study is being conducted by Leneh Buckle, a PhD student at the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Dr Emma Gowen, Dr Ellen Poliakoff and Dr Kathy Leadbitter. The researcher is autistic and has engaged with other autistic people throughout the study so far and will continue to do so through its conclusion.

How do I take part?

Groups will be held via Skype (text chat only) on Monday 4th May at 2pm and Wednesday 6th May at 7:30pm. Each session will last about 2 hours and you only need to attend one. Other times may be scheduled if needed.

For more information, or if you would like to take part, please contact:

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee. Ref.: 2019-6324-11577

Karen L Buckle

I am a PhD student studying autistic inertia. I am interested in this topic because I suffer from these problems and because I know that they are common and seriously problematic for a lot of autistic people. If you are interested in being kept up to date on my research, including participation opportunities and updates on findings, leave a comment or email me at


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