The Mountain State Conference on Disabilities Journey to the Top April 14-15, 2020 Canaan Valley Resort

Submit your proposals for the 2020 Mountain State Conference on Disabilities

The planning committee for the Mountain State Conference on Disabilities is interested in receiving abstracts pertaining to research, evaluation, evidence-based programs, and policies in the following areas pertaining to this year’s conference theme "Journey to the Top."

How are you helping individuals with disabilities on their ‘Journey to the Top’? Share your expertise with individuals, families, health care professionals, social workers, teachers, policy makers and others by submitting an abstract to present at the first annual Mountain State Conference on Disabilities from [list dates] in Canaan Valley.

Successful abstracts will be chosen to provide a successful list of best practice, evidence-based presentations, poster sessions, panels, and applied skill-based workshops. We are also seeking abstracts that would be presented in hands-on, interactive and engaging ways to share information, showcase individual success stories, highlight advocacy and access solutions to community-wide issues within various program tracks.

Submission Deadline – Abstracts are due November 15, 2019.

Notification – Presenters will be notified via email of abstract status by January 10, 2020.

Requirements/Instructions

  1. All abstracts must be submitted online at cedwvu.org/mscd
  2. Select a track from the list below for your proposal to be considered.
  3. Abstract must be no more than 500 words.
  4. Select preferred method of presentation. Session organizers will do their best to match your preferred presentation format but it cannot be guaranteed.
  5. Learning objectives must be described and be from the learner’s perspective

Conference Tracks

  1. Transitions
  2. Employment
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Disability Rights
  5. Other ________ (specify)

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Presentations using quantitative and/or qualitative methods are welcome. If you are interested in submitting a group of papers to be presented in a single session please contact the Program Planners in advance.

PLEASE NOTE

  • All presenters must register for the meeting; and
  • Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the conference.

ABSTRACT DO'S AND DON'TS:

  • Start early! You can start your submission before you have the entire abstract completed.
  • Proofread!
  • Recommended format: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions (be sure to include results). Abstracts describing studies waiting to be conducted or not yet completed are scored lower as many times the work is not complete by the time of the meeting and someone else could have had your slot.
  • Only a 500 word abstract is required -Make clear the significance or implications of your work (and its relevance to the conference theme and/or disabilities in WV)
  • Include your data – abstracts lacking data receive lower ratings

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALSO PROVIDE:

  • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;
  • At least one MEASURABLE objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.
  • A signed Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Biographical Qualification Statement. BE SPECIFIC about how your experience and/or education qualify you to speak on your proposed topic. Just saying that you are an expert in the field is NOT adequate. Example of acceptable biographical qualification statement: “I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.”

Continuing Education

The planning committee strives to achieve 100% approval for its sessions. Following these rules will help us continue to achieve that! Conference planners value the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, social workers and those certified in disability services. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

  1. an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;
  2. at least one MEASURABLE SINGLE outcome (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable outcomes and compound outcomes are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs:

    Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.

  3. A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement
  4. All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available.