RSIG Call for Abstracts


30th  Annual Research Day Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts is Closed – thank you to all who submitted!

Who has a Seat at the Table? Changing the Rules of Engagement in Research and Practice

Thursday, April 14th, 2022 Virtual Conference

The RSIG Research Day will be online again in 2022! The RSIG committee is excited to be hosting the Research Day online again this year. We had hoped to see everyone in person this year; however, with everyone’s safety in mind, we decided that this option was best for one more year. We hope to continue highlighting the outstanding research being done across the province by students, community researchers and early career professionals. 

Q: What will be the cost of the conference this year?

The cost of the conference will be $35 for students/self-advocates and $65 for researchers/professionals. All participants (including presenters) will be required to register for the conference, including presenters.

Q: Is the conference going to be recorded?

No. Participants will be required to attend the conference. The posters will be available online for the entirety of the week. Persons registered for the conference will be given the link to access the poster website ahead of the conference.

Q: How will you support presenters?

The RSIG committee is developing a fact sheet for presenters on how to create a dynamic, engaging online presentation. In addition, based on feedback from last year’s conference, we will be encouraging poster presenters to create a 5-minute video describing their poster and research.

Q: Will students still be able to win awards?

Yes. The RSIG committee will still be offering poster awards and the OADD RSIG Student Award for Excellence in Research. Students should also be nominated for the Kay Sansom Scholarship, the OADD-NADD Ontario Scholarship – Student Research Scholarship, and the Bruce McCreary Memorial Scholarship. Interested applicants should see the information in this call for abstracts and on the OADD website:

If you have any questions about the conference, you can speak directly with RSIG co-chairs, Anna Przednowek ( or Lisa Whittingham (


The objectives of the 2022 RSIG meeting are:

  • To provide an update regarding the research being conducted to advance the field of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • To provide opportunity for networking and collaboration for researchers, students, professionals and self-advocates with an interest in research in the field of developmental disabilities
  • To facilitate interest and support for research regarding developmental disabilities at the level of institutions (i.e., universities, colleges, community and government)

We are seeking poster and oral presentation contributions from professional and student researchers who are engaged in research relating to intellectual/developmental disabilities that span all disciplines. We encourage submissions that represent a wide range of designs, including quantitative, qualitative, and single-subject designs. Contributions that are collaborative and/or participatory research with self-advocates are also highly encouraged.

Due to time constraints, we will accept a limited number of oral presentations, and we often cannot accommodate all presentations submitted. Alternatively, individuals submitting for an oral presentation may be asked to present a poster presentation instead.

The theme for the 2022 Conference is:

Who has a Seat at the Table? Changing the Rules of Engagement in Research and Practice

We welcome submissions that center around issues of inclusion, diversity and intersectionality. We are especially interested in research highlighting promising practices surrounding stakeholder engagement in practice, service delivery and research with persons with developmental disabilities and their supports.

Submissions related to this theme are encouraged but not necessary. See below to submit your abstract


Please use this format for both poster and oral presentation submissions.

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 consider a limited number of symposium submissions. A symposium consists of a moderator plus 2-3 oral presentations on the same topic. Symposiums are scheduled for 45 minutes, and the moderator is responsible for keeping participants on schedule. The conference committee may cluster submitted abstracts around a common theme into a symposium. Symposium contributions should follow the same submission process listed above for each presentation included (e.g., objectives, methods, etc.).

If you would like to be considered for a symposium, please contact Lisa Whittingham at for further details.

Guidelines for abstract submission and examples are included in the downloadable Call for Abstracts 

If you have any questions about the conference, you can speak directly with RSIG co-chairs, Anna Przednowek ( or Lisa Whittingham ( You can also email  

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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.

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