RSIG Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Thursday April 11, 2019
Marriott by the Falls
6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Deadline for submissions:
January 24, 2019
We are circulating the Call for Abstracts for the OADD Research Special Interest Group Research Day, which will be held on Thursday April 11th, 2019 at the Marriot by the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The objectives of the RSIG meeting are:

  • To update research advances in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities and exchange information regarding ongoing research activities.
  • To provide opportunity for networking and collaboration for researchers and students with an interest in intellectual/developmental disabilities from across the province.
  • To discuss ways to stimulate interest and support for research at the level of institutions, governments, and research funding bodies.

We would like posters, presentations, and symposia from professional and student researchers from diverse disciplines interested in intellectual or developmental disabilities. Due to time constraints, there is a limit to the number of oral presentations that can be accepted and we often cannot accommodate all talks or symposia submitted. Therefore, some individuals may be asked to present a poster instead or talks will be put together into a symposium.

The theme for the Conference is:

Teaching, Research, and Practice: A Gateway to Student Interest in the Field of Developmental Disabilities

To download a copy of the Call click here: 2019 RSIG Call for Papers


Poster and Presentation abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (word count does not include Title, Authors’ names, nor Correspondence section). Abstracts should be typed with single spacing, using 11 point Arial font, and 1 inch margins

Authors are asked to divide their abstract into four sections:

  1. Objectives: State the purpose of the research and/or any hypotheses tested.
  2. Method: A brief description of the sample (number of participants; characteristics of participants such as age, diagnosis, severity of intellectual/developmental disability), measures, techniques, and methods of analysis used.
  3. Results: A summary of the findings related to the objectives of the study. If you have pending results, remember to make note of that in your abstract.
  4. Discussion/Conclusions: Statement addressing the relevance and/or implications of the findings (i.e., how findings apply to real-world issues and inform practice).

Centre the title and type it entirely in CAPITALS and BOLD.

Please skip a line and include author names, and institutional affiliations (in bold, non-capitals, centered).  DO NOT list street addresses underneath the title.

Correspondence: list contact name, affiliation and email address of all authors.

Symposium submission

We will be accepting a limited number of symposium submissions. A symposium should consist of a moderator plus 3 oral presentations on the same topic. Each symposium is scheduled for 45 minutes, and the moderator is responsible for keeping participants on schedule. The conference committee may cluster talks into a symposium

If you would like to be considered for a symposium, please contact Shelley Watson at


Data Blitz – Back by Popular Demand!

Perfect for first time presenters or work in progress, Data Blitz talks are an unconventional and engaging method of sharing information; essentially presenters are providing a synopsis of their research. Each Data Blitz presentation is 3 minutes long, uses a maximum of 3 slides, and there are no questions. The timing of the presentations is strictly enforced, so be prepared to keep up and have some fun!


Provide Full Name, Affiliation (University/Organization), city and province for each.
Attach file (word document)

The OADD will be printing RSIG abstracts in an upcoming issue of the Journal on Developmental Disabilities.

To download a copy of the travel award application click here

** Please note: Your abstract and contact information will be included in our conference abstract book**