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Call for Presentations for 2017 AAIDD Conference
June 26-29, 2017


Promoting Health and Wellbeing

About the Conference

The 141st AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, managers, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives in complex times.  The conference will:

  • Include thought-provoking plenary sessions concerning emerging issues and the complexities that these issues bring to people’s lives and the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Feature panel presentations, poster presentations, taskforce and special interest group meetings, and multiple networking opportunities for attendees to learn from one another as well as the presenters.
  • Include select pre- and post-conference workshops that address relevant topics of interest in greater detail.

In addition, the conference will identify ways in which professionals can prepare themselves and their organizations to embrace the complexities brought on by ever-changing contexts in research, policy, practices and in people’s lives.

AAIDD members have been leaders at the cutting edge of ground-breaking research, practice, and policy in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for over a century. AAIDD continues to be the leading interdisciplinary professional organization in intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 141st annual meeting of the association will continue that long-established tradition. Our plenary sessions will focus on emerging and complex issues facing professionals from multiple disciplines whose work is focused on supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be included in their communities as full participating citizens. The conference will create a forum for sharing expertise in the areas of research, practice, and policy relevant to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing

“To be healthy means that you can function,
do what you want to do,
and become what you want to become"

This sentiment from René Dubois conveys the theme of the 2017 AAIDD conference.  Submissions are encouraged that speak to the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and their families and supports.  Relevant topics include physical health, mental health, social well-being, risk and resilience, quality of life, self-esteem, and community participation.  Proposals are sought that may contribute to understanding the health and well-being of people with disabilities and opportunities for improvement at the individual, home, system, and community level.  We invite submissions that address the service delivery system including addressing the health and well-being of the disability workforce through wellness and resilience programs and systems change efforts toward creating healthy communities.

Proposals are encouraged that present research findings, report on innovative practices, and/or analyze public policies or practices. We strongly encourage authors of proposals to consider the theme of the conference by indicating ways in which their proposal addresses the health and wellbeing of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or their supports.

Students and Early Career Professionals

The AAIDD Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to become involved in the field, develop leadership skills, and network with people who share your professional interests and passion. We encourage students and early career professionals to submit proposals for paper or poster presentations.  AAIDD provides scholarships to support the participation of students and early career professionals.  To be considered for a scholarship, a student/early career professional must be the first author on a paper or poster proposal and indicate that they would like to be considered for a scholarship on the proposal submission form.

Proposal Formats

Proposal Formats

Individual Paper Presentation: Individuals or small groups of authors are encouraged to submit proposals for paper presentation whose content could be conveyed in 30 minutes (including question period). Among the paper presentation proposals accepted for inclusion in the program, AAIDD will group 3 paper presentations that are on a common topic or theme into one 90-minute concurrent session. AAIDD will assign a moderator to the paper presentations that will be combined into a concurrent session.

Poster Presentations: Individuals or groups of authors are encouraged to submit proposals for interactive poster presentations in which they can to discuss their work with conference participants. Poster proposals will also be peer-reviewed.

Full Panel Presentation: Small groups of authors are encouraged to submit 3 distinct but thematically linked presentation proposals of 30 minutes each (including question period). Panel presentations will be reviewed as a group presentation. AAIDD will assign a moderator to each concurrent session.

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal 
All proposals will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified of the decision on their submission early February 2017. The expectation is that the lead author will communicate to the co-presenters on their proposal all relevant conference information. At least the lead author of each accepted proposal is expected to attend and present at the conference.

For Individual Paper Presentation and Poster Presentation, the submission should include:
  • Title of your submission
  • Desired presentation type (you might choose more than one format)
  • 500-word Proposal Description (Abstract)

For a Full Panel Presentation, the submission should include:

  • Title of your submission -  the title should reflect the overarching theme of this panel
  • Titles and abstracts of each individual presentation in this panel (eg. Three presenting authors=three abstracts of 150 words each)

The Planning Committee reserves the right to reorganize the panels if needed.

If you need assistance submitting a paper, please contact Maria at maria@aaidd.org

we're sorry the submission process is now closed.