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Call for Submissions: Special IDD Issue on Partnering with Families Throughout the Lifespan

Call for Submissions

 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 Special Issue:  

Partnering with Families Throughout the Lifespan

 Guest Editors: Hedda Meadan, PhD, BCBA-D & Melinda R. Snodgrass, PhD

Manuscript Submission Due: February 1, 2018



In 2015, AAIDD identified supporting families as one of its National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice, stating the following:                                                 

Families form a core unit of our society, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often receive the majority of their emotional, physical, and material support from their families throughout their lives. To better understand how families can maximize their capacity, strengths, and unique abilities to support their family members with IDD, more information on families, their needs, and what constitutes successful outcomes is necessary.

This special issue will contribute to this mission by focusing on manuscripts that inform our understanding of the experiences of families with individuals with DD and their interactions and partnerships with professionals across the lifespan.


Priority Topics

We will give priority to high quality submissions that include:

  • ●High-quality descriptive research that explores families’ interactions with professionals, including reflections on practices that are both supportive and detrimental.
  • ●Data-based evaluation of existing innovative practices that will inform how professionals can best partner with families across the lifespan.

However, all submissions related to partnering with families and families experiences with professionals will be considered.


Contact Information

If you have any questions prior to submitting your manuscript, please contact Hedda Meadan at or Melinda Snodgrass at For information on manuscript submission, please click here

Submitting authors should indicate in their cover letter to the Editor that they wish their manuscript to be considered for the Special Issue.


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