RSIG Call for Abstracts

The RSIG Research Day is Going Online in 2021!


29th  Annual Research Day

 Call for Abstracts

Living in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Emerging Opportunities and Obstacles


Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 Virtual Conference

To download the conference schedule click here

 The RSIG committee is excited to be hosting the Research Day online this year. We are looking forward to highlighting the outstanding research being done across the province by students, community researchers, people with lived experiences, and early career scholars and professionals.

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

The cost of the conference will be $30 for students/self-advocates and $60 for researchers/professionals. All participants 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 live to watch the oral presentations. 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?

Presenters accepted for an presentations will be given the opportunity to meet with a member of the conference committee in the weeks leading up to the conference to practice using the conference platform. In addition, the RSIG committee is developing a fact sheet for presenters on how to create a dynamic, engaging online presentation.

Q: Will students still be able to win awards?

The RSIG committee will still be offering poster awards and the OADD RSIG Student Award for Excellence in Research (see: for more information).

Students may also be nominated for the Kay Sansom Scholarship, the OADD-NADD Ontario Scholarship – Student Research Scholarship, and the Bruce McCreary Memorial Scholarship (see:

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


The objectives of the 2021 RSIG meeting are:

  • To share new research and innovations 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 intellectual and/or developmental disabilities at the level of institutions (i.e., universities, colleges, community and government)

We are seeking poster and oral presentation contributions from researchers engaged in work related to intellectual and/or developmental disabilities that span all disciplines and all levels of experience (i.e., student, early career, and senior researchers). 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. Submissions may also include papers that provide promising ways of using of creative, arts-based research approaches. 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 data blitz and poster instead.

The theme for the 2021 Conference is:

Living in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Emerging Opportunities and Obstacles

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 is 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.

Data Blitz – 3 Minute Presentations

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

Submissions for data blitzes should be 200 words and provide a basic description of the research being discussed in the presentation. 

For more information, including the committee guidelines for reviewing abstracts, areas rated and examples of acceptable abstracts, click here: 2021 Draft Call for Papers to see the full call for abstracts.

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**