RSIG Call for Abstracts

After careful consideration of the concerns about public gatherings in light of the precautions for COVID 19 the OADD Board has decided that the 31st annual Conference April 6th – 9th, 2020 will be cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but feel this course of action protects not only the conference participants, presenters and vendors but the populations they serve.

All registrations will be refunded.  Please allow two to four weeks for refunds due to the need for office staff to work from home during this time.

If you have booked accommodations for the conference you must remember to cancel them as soon as possible. Check your hotel’s cancellation policy and cancel as soon as possible; the OADD will not be responsible for any late cancellation charges that you may incur.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the OADD office at  Administrative staff will be working from home until April 5th but messages and emails will be returned.


The objectives of the 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 would like posters and presentations from professional and student researchers from diverse disciplines who are engaged in research relating to intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. We encourage submissions that reporesent a wide range of quantitative and qualitative designs. Collaborative and/or participatory research with self-advocates are also highly encouraged. Due to time constraints, only a limit to the number of oral presentations that can be accepted and we often cannot accommodate all presentations submitted. Alternatively, some individuals may be asked to present a poster instead.

The theme for the Conference is:

From Deinstitutionalization to Citizenship: Where are we now?


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

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**