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23rd Annual Research Day

Call for Abstract Submission

The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) Research Special Interest Group (RSIG) is inviting proposals for presentations and posters for its annual research conference, to be held Friday April 17th, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold Ontario. 

RSIG was formed to provide an opportunity for researchers, professionals, and other interested individuals working in the field of developmental disabilities to exchange research, ideas, resources, and concerns.

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.

For more information about OADD and RSIG, please visit:

We would like posters and presentations from professional and student researchers from diverse disciplines who are interested in intellectual/developmental disabilities. We accept both quantitative and qualitative research contributions. Due to time constraints, there is a limit in the number of oral presentations that can be made. Often we cannot accommodate all the talks submitted. Therefore, some individuals may be asked to present a poster instead.
Conference Theme: We have incorporated a theme to this year's conference: "Exploring Strengths together: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Working with Individuals who have Developmental Disabilities", which highlights the need for interdisciplinary teams, including family members. it also speaks to the call for more strengths-based approaches, rather than focusing on deficits.
Submissions related to this theme are encouraged but not necessary. 

Faxed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. You will receive an email confirming that we have received your abstract.

If you have any questions please contact the Conference Chair, Shelley Watson at: 705-675-1151 x4223 or
To submit a presentation or poster, please use the on-line form below to submit an abstract for the 2015 OADD-RSIG Annual Conference. Prior to submitting your abstract, please ensure that your abstract is consistent with the RSIG guidelines (see below).
Submission Deadline: January 16th, 2015


Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (word count does not include Title, Authors’ names, or Correspondence section)

Authors are asked to divide their abstract into four sections:
State the purpose of the research and/or any hypotheses tested.
A brief description of the sample (e.g., number of participants; characteristics of participants such as age, diagnosis, severity of intellectual/developmental disability), measures, techniques, and statistics used.  
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.  
Statement addressing the relevance and/or implications of the findings (i.e., how findings apply to real-world issues and inform practice).


  • Abstracts should be typed with single spacing, using 11 point Arial font, and 1 inch margins
  • 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.
  • Leave a line before beginning the abstract. Underneath the abstract, leave 5 lines and type in bold, non-capitals, non-centered 
  • Correspondence: list contact name, affiliation and email address of at least one author. 

The following criteria will be used to score abstracts for poster and oral presentations. Each area is rated on a 4-point scale (0=Not acceptable, 1=Acceptable, 2=Good, and 3=Excellent) for a total score of 15.



Is the purpose or objective of the study clearly stated?

Is the rationale for the project made clear? 


Do the authors describe the demographics of the participants adequately?

Is the methodology (e.g., techniques, data, measures, and statistics) described in sufficient detail?

Do the experimental techniques (e.g., standardized measures, etc.) aid in addressing the key research questions and hypotheses?

Did the authors use standardized measures/measures with adequate psychometric properties?

For single-subject design: Are data collected on the reliability or inter-observer agreement (IOA) for each dependent variable?


Are the results presented in a clear, coherent fashion?

Do the results verify or contradict previous findings/theories?

If research is in progress, do the authors describe study progress to date or preliminary results?


Is the conclusion clear and understandable?

Have potential limitations of the methodology been addressed?

Clinical/Research Implications & Novelty

Is the information clinically important, relevant and/or significant?

What are the practical implications of the information?

Is this research original?

Abstract Review Process

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously (i.e., identifying information will be removed) by the conference committee using the guidelines presented above. The review process will be completed by the end of January 2015, and authors will be notified immediately thereafter by email. Poster award nominees will also be informed of their nomination at this time.

Please click here to see an example of an abstract
We are excited that the Journal on Developmental Disabilities (JoDD) is hosting a special issue again this year, highlighting abstracts from the RSIG conference. You may also be invited to submit a full article of your presentation. more details will follow at the conference, but in your submission, please express your interest in contributing to this special issue.

RSIG Awards

We also strongly encourage individual to nominate or apply for OADD-RSIG Awards.




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Primary Contact: *
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Full name of First Author:

First Author Affiliation

First Author City:

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Primary Affiliation: *
Address of Affiliation: *
Postal Code:  
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provide Full Name,
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city and province for each.
Is the First Author a Full-Time Student:   Yes No
I am submitting a:   Brief Presentation Poster
If you are submitting an Oral Presentation, would you be interested in presenting a poster instead:   Yes No
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The OADD will be printing RSIG abstracts in an upcoming issue of the Journal on Developmental Disabilities.
Do you give permission for your abstract to be published? * Yes No

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

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