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2022 AAIDD Call for Papers

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Dismantling Systemic Barriers: Reenvisioning Equity and Inclusion

The 146th AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students and early career professionals, and advocates to come together to reenvision our efforts to advance equity and inclusion in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field.   Recent events are painful, yet clear reminders of our responsibility to continuously challenge the deeply rooted systemic barriers that perpetuate inequities throughout society.  Recognition, acknowledgment, and interrogation of the ways current systems and structures overtly and covertly promote inequity and segregation are vital as we move forward to dismantle barriers and reenvision change that leads to equity and inclusion. 

The conference will:

  • Include plenary sessions focused on identifying the impact of systemic barriers in our research, policy, and practice, in order to identify new and innovative pathways to equity and inclusion.
  • Feature panel presentations, poster presentations, poster symposia, and networking opportunities for conference participants to learn from one another with a focus on reenvisioning equity and inclusion.
  • Showcase research, policy, and practice briefs – and opportunity for short and informative updates on the latest from our field advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Include pre- and post-conference workshops addressing topics in greater depth and across the life course.

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, but we are at a critical juncture in society and need to reenvision the role of research, policy, and practice in the next century of efforts to advance equity and inclusion. AAIDD’s role as the leading interdisciplinary professional organization in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field provides a context to engage in efforts to dismantle systemic barriers and envision a new future. The 146the annual meeting will enable conference attendees to be a part of this reenvisioning of the next generation of cutting-edge research, effective practices, and policy initiatives that advance equity and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Submission Deadline: November 29, 2021 at midnight

Karrie A. Shogren, PhD, FAAIDD
Chair, 2022 Conference Planning Committee

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. 

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.

Scoring Rubric for Proposals

Abstracts are limited to 600 total words submitted in four fields as described below. While the system will allow a word or two over this limit, it will not accept notably longer abstracts.

The four sections of the 600-word abstract are:

  1. Background & Purpose/Aims (150 words)
  2. Description/Design (250 words)
  3. Outcomes/Findings (100 words)
  4. Implications & Impact (100 words)
To help you understand our revised submission and evaluation criteria, we recommend you see the following resources: