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2020 AAIDD Call for Papers

Submission deadline: December 2, 2019

Call for Papers FAQs

Theme: Technology as a Tool to Enhance Services, Support, and Health Equity

About the Conference

We welcome all interested individuals to participate in the 144th Annual Conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) – the oldest and most prestigious professional organization for those in the disability field.     

The 144th AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students, and advocates to learn about the potential of technology to deliver services and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities and at every point in the life span. Technologies such as telehealth conferencing, wearables, virtual reality, therapeutic gaming, robotics, and “smart” homes are now being used to teach providers and family members how to support individuals with disabilities, deliver services and support directly to individuals with disabilities, reduce the cost of services and the burden of travel on families. Technology-delivered services also have the potential to facilitate access for those communities that are typically underserved and marginalized. The evidence base for technology-delivered support is growing and will be the focus of the conference.

The conference will:

  • Include plenary sessions that address innovative uses of technology to bring services to individuals with disabilities and families in their communities, focusing on the evidence in support of their efficacy, the steps that must be taken to employ these technologies on a large scale in ways that ensure equitable access while protecting privacy and individual rights.
  • Feature panel presentations, poster presentations, poster symposia, and networking opportunities for conference participants to learn from one another.
  • Showcase research, policy, and practice briefs – and opportunity for short and informative updates on the latest from our field (introduced for the first time in 2019).
  • Include pre- and post-conference workshops addressing topics in greater depth.

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 144the annual meeting will continue this tradition by providing conference attendees with cutting edge information on research, effective practices, and policy initiatives that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Students and Early Career Professionals – You Are Our Future!

The AAIDD Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to become more involved in the field, develop leadership skills, and network with people who share your professional passion. We encourage students and early career professionals to submit proposals. AAIDD Scholarships are available to support the participation of students and early career professionals.  To be eligible for a potential scholarship, a student/early career professional must a) be the first author on a paper/poster proposal and b) indicate their proposal should be reviewed for a scholarship on the proposal submission form.

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 20-30 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.

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.

Research/Policy/Practice Briefs: It's an opportunity for short and informative updates on the latest from our field.  These sessions consist of PowerPoint presentations by approximately 12-15 speakers.  Each presentation accepted for this format will have about 5 minutes of presentation time, and, after all speakers have made their presentations, general discussion time is allotted.  Speakers will be limited to 3-5 slides.  AAIDD will assign a moderator to each brief session.

Poster Presentation: 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.

Poster Symposium: is a hybrid of poster and panel presentation style.  Each symposium consist of an average of 10-12 posters where they have the opportunity to do a 5 minute verbal presentation about their posters. AAIDD will assign a moderator to each Poster Symposium session.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the following 30 point scale:

Quality, Clarity, Innovation (20 points), that is, the extent to which the submission

  • Is well-written, clearly understood, and contains sufficient description of the information to be presented;
  • Presents new information on an important topic, or otherwise appears to advance the field; and
  • Reflects meritorious research, promising practice, or progressive policy. 

Linkage to the Conference Theme (5 points), that is, the extent to which the proposal outlines a plan to present on the contributions and influences of research, practice, and policy for the topic. 

Relevance for AAIDD attendees (5 points), that is, the extent to which the proposal is likely to be of interest to a range of attendees, skillfully presented, and well received.

How to Submit:

All proposals will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified of the decision on their submission early February 2019. 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.

                  Before login into our system, make sure you have the following information ready:

  • Title of your submission
  • Desired presentation type (you might choose more than one format)
  • Authors (full names, degrees, affiliation)
  • 500-word limit 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
  • Desired presentation type (Full Panel) please note that selecting this option, does not guarantee that your proposal will be accepted as a full panel.The Planning Committee reserves the right to reorganize the panels if needed.
  • Authors (full names, degrees, affiliation)
  • Titles and abstracts of each individual presentation in this panel (eg. Three presenting panels=three brief abstracts) The entire proposal cannot exceed 500 words.

                 Step 1:  Click here to go to the online submission portal
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                Step 2: Login (use your AAIDD login information or create a user account)
                Step 3: Enter your proposal information

                Questions? Please read our Call for Papers FAQs


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