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AAIDD 135th Annual Meeting
Inclusive Communities: Pathways to Realizing the Vision
June 5 – 9, 2011
The Twin Cities, Minnesota
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010
Dear AAIDD members and friends,
The AAIDD 135th Annual Meeting, Inclusive Communities: Pathways to Realizing the Vision, will provide leading practitioners, researchers, teaching faculty, policymakers, funders, and advocates with effective and emerging practices, cutting edge research, and valuable information on important policy initiatives. The conference will feature plenary sessions, panel and poster presentations, interactive cafés, task force and special interest group meetings, and networking events. Pre- and post-conference workshops will address special topics in depth.
The notion of inclusion has, in some form, been a motivating force for reform in the field of developmental and intellectual disabilities for the past 25 years. Conceptually, inclusion has evolved from an aspiration linked to "a place" to one invested in participation, choice, and relationships. In inclusive communities, rather than focusing on services provided by agencies, the emphasis is placed on supporting an individual's involvement in typical community activities based on their needs and choices. The primary role of professionals in this context is to support individuals with disabilities to be fully included in school, work, and the community.
The conference will create a forum for sharing expertise and ideas relevant to creating inclusive communities—a sharing that will continue past the actual dates of the conference. To that end, proposals might consider—but are not limited to—addressing inclusion or promoting inclusion in the following areas:
• Civil Rights
• Community Access
• Community Participation
• Faith Communities
• Friendships and Relationships
• Health and Wellness
• Person Centered Supports
• Positive Behavior Support
• Public Policy
• Quality of Life
• Self Determination
• Supports that Foster Inclusion
• Use of Technology
If we have missed key topics, please feel free to submit on a topic you feel is important to creating inclusive communities.
Proposals are sought for the following types of presentations. Proposals will be competitively reviewed—not all proposals are accepted, and, due to space limitations, some authors may be offered presentation opportunities in forums other than what they proposed.
Early career professionals and students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. The conference provides a unique opportunity to become involved in the field and develop leadership in the areas of research, practice, policy, and advocacy. A limited number of student scholarships are available on a competitive basis—to be considered for a scholarship, a student must be the first author on a poster proposal and indicate that they would like to be considered for a scholarship on the proposal submission form.
Individuals or small groups of authors are encouraged to submit proposals for presentation whose content could be conveyed in 20 minutes or less. Among the proposals accepted for inclusion, AAIDD will assemble panels of up to 3 presentations per breakout session that are topically or thematically linked.
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.
Media and Resource Presentations
Individuals or groups of authors are encouraged to submit proposals to display and discuss videos/films of any length, electronic resources, and other materials in an interactive forum.
All proposals for research oriented sessions must submit presentations as described above.
Note that plenary sessions, preconference sessions, and post-conference workshops are invited presentations and are not managed through this call for papers process.
All proposals must be submitted online no later than December 15, 2010. Proposals will be peer reviewed, and authors will be notified of the decision on their submission by the end of January 2011. At minimum, the lead author of each accepted proposal is expected to attend and present at the conference. All presenters must pay the conference registration fee and fees associated with their AV requirements.
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
Click here to submit your abstract
Sharon C. Gomez
AAIDD Conference Chair
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