JoDD Call for Papers

Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) with Developmental Disabilities: Conceptual, Practical, Experiential, and Policy Issues

Recent years have seen a number of government initiatives aimed at improving the transition process for young people with developmental disabilities and their families. In Ontario, a collaborative, tri-ministry initiative has been launched to improve transition supports, with a focus on the formulation of regional protocols to guide the transition process and ensure a more integrated approach to planning for young people’s transition to adulthood.

Against the backdrop of this ongoing initiative, the Journal on Developmental Disabilities invites submissions for a forthcoming (Spring 2017) issue on Transitional Aged Youth (TAY). The focus of the special issue will be on the conceptualization and experience of the transition process, as well as on practical and policy issues implicated in that process. Suggested themes might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Assumptions about childhood, youth, adulthood, and allied notions of developmental progression as reflected in contemporary discourses of service transition
  • Transition planning and/or outcomes in specific domains (e.g., post-secondary education, work, recreation, social life, etc.)
  • Understanding the transition process in light of possible alternative spaces of inclusion
  • Experiences of TAY and families navigating the transition process, including reflections on the consistency of aspirations and outcomes, participation in the planning process, etc.
  • Individual and environmental factors that influence transition, including type of impairment, personal characteristics, environmental barriers and supports, social and socio-economic disadvantage, etc.

Papers that express the points of view of TAY and their families are particularly welcome.

The closing date for submissions is October 1, 2016. A blind peer review process is followed in the selection of articles for publication. Articles should follow APA style. Other submission information and guidelines can be obtained from the Journal section of the OADD website ( Please submit papers electronically using the web-based MSTracker system, which can be accessed through the following link:

Questions about article content and timelines should be directed to the guest editors from the Centre for Applied Disability Studies and the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University:

Donato Tarulli (
Dorothy Griffiths (
Frances Owen (

Authors will be notified of their acceptance via email to the designated contact.

Authors are requested to view the OADD website at for general submission guidelines.