June 3-6, 2013

The 137th AAIDD Annual Meeting, Race to Catch the Future, will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives. The conference will have thought-provoking plenary sessions concerning emerging issues in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and ways in which professionals can prepare themselves and their organizations to thrive in a field that is in transition. Additionally, the conference will feature panel presentations, poster presentations, taskforce and special interest group meetings, and multiple networking opportunities. Select pre- and post-conference workshops will address relevant topics of interest in greater detail.


AAIDD has been the leading interdisciplinary professional organization in intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than a century. Our leaders and members have been at the cutting edge of ground breaking research, practices, and policies in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This annual meeting will continue that long-established tradition. Our plenary sessions will focus on emerging issues and challenges facing professionals from multiple disciplines whose work is centered on improving the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The conference will create a forum for sharing expertise in the areas of research, practice, and policy relevant to promoting improved outcomes and quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We invite you to submit your quality proposal to share your ideas and findings with your colleagues at the 2013 AAIDD Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, June 3-6, 2013.


The AAIDD Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to become involved in the field, develop leadership skills, and network. We encourage students and early career professionals to come present and take the opportunity of this meeting to promote their work. A limited number of student and early career professional scholarships will be available on a competitive basis—to be considered for a scholarship, a student/early career professional must be the first author on a paper or poster proposal and indicate that they would like to be considered for a scholarship on the proposal submission form.


High quality proposals are sought that present original research or synthesize research findings, report on innovative practices, and/or analyze public policies. We strongly encourage authors of proposals to consider the theme of the conference by indicating ways in which their proposal addresses a contemporary or future issue of relevance to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proposals will be competitively reviewed—not all proposals will be accepted. Due to the limited number of concurrent session slots, no individual author will be permitted to present more than two paper presentations on which s/he is first author. Also because of the limited number of paper presentation opportunities, the review panel may determine it necessary to offer a presentation format different from that initially proposed by the author(s) (e.g., poster presentation instead of paper presentation). A specific block of time will be dedicated solely to poster sessions to assure that poster presentations have a high level of visibility at the 2013 conference.


Paper Presentation: Individuals or small groups of authors are encouraged to submit proposals for paper presentation whose content could be conveyed in 30 minutes (including question period). Among the paper presentation proposals accepted for inclusion in the program, AAIDD will group 3 paper presentations that are on a common topic or theme into one 90-minute concurrent session. AAIDD will assign a moderator to the paper presentations that will be combined into a concurrent session.

Panel Presentation: Individuals or small groups of authors are encouraged to submit 3 distinct but thematically linked presentation proposals of 30 minutes each (including question period). We will not accept submitted panel presentations where there is only one presenter or the 1st presenter is an author on all three presentations in the panel presentation. Panel presentations will be reviewed as a group presentation. AAIDD will assign a moderator to each concurrent session.

Poster Presentations: Individuals or groups of authors are encouraged to submit proposals for interactive poster presentations in which they can to discuss their work with conference participants. Poster proposals will also be peer-reviewed but there is no limit on the number of poster presentations accepted by the same author.

Pre and Post-Conference Sessions: These sessions are held either the day before (6/3) or the day after the conference (6/6). These sessions are a half or full-day session addressing an important issue and generally have a practical focus. Individuals wishing to offer this type of session should follow the same submission guidelines for proposals. AAIDD will be seeking CEUs for pre and post conference sessions, authors of sessions selected for pre and post conference presentation will be required to provide a copy of their CV and provide 4 learning objectives. All pre and post conference sessions will require an additional fee from the attendees.

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal: All proposals will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified of the decision on their submission by February 1, 2013. The expectation is that the lead author will communicate to the co-presenters on their proposal all relevant conference information. At least the lead author of each accepted proposal is expected to attend and present at the conference.

Presentations Link: http://aaidd.org/content_3018.cfm?navID=326
All presenters who attend the conference must pay the conference registration fee.

A complete proposal consists of the following:
1. Completed Presentation Submission Form
2. 500-word Summary: detailed description of presentation that will evaluated by reviewers
3. 50-75 word Abstract: brief summary of presentation used for the conference program

AAIDD will be seeking CEUs for pre and post conference sessions.