American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Abstracts

The 2021 Scientific Program Committee is designing the meeting in a way to accommodate all presenters whether you are able to join us in-person in Quebec City, or presenting virtually.

New in 2021! Mini-Symposia will take the place of breakfast seminars and instructional courses and will be paired with free paper sessions based on similar topics. This option maintains flexibility for various meeting types depending on travel restrictions and the status of the pandemic.

The committee will look favorably on submissions that directly address topics such as:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Early Detection and Intervention
  • Adapted Sports and Participation
  • Genetics in Developmental Disabilities
  • Innovation and Technology

Scientific Presentations

  • The Scientific Program Committee determines the presentation format of Scientific Presentations after review and selection. Scientific Presentations can be selected as either a free paper or poster (additional descriptions below). All abstracts that are accepted in this category will be published. Please note: Individuals may only present a maximum of two oral presentations.

Free Paper (podium presentation) – A seven-minute oral presentation held during one of the concurrent “Free Paper” sessions during the Annual Meeting.

Scientific Poster – If accepted, Scientific (and Demonstration) Poster Presenters will be required to submit their poster as an ePoster. An ePoster is an electronic version of the traditional paper poster in PowerPoint and PDF format. It will be displayed on computer monitors at the Annual Meeting and posted on the AACPDM website for two months after the Annual Meeting. The dual display methods will increase exposure to the work and allow people to view the poster in the comfort of their hotel room or even at home. Details will be sent to accepted presenters and posted on the AACPDM website.


  • Mini-Symposia are 75 minutes in length, providing formal in-depth instruction for continuing professional education combined with audience participation and interaction. There is a strict 3,000 character count, including spaces, which will be imposed on the length of the body of the abstract. In keeping with both the new format and the theme of our meeting, multi-institutional, collaborative submissions are encouraged. Please limit all Mini-Symposia speakers (including author) to no more than six, due to technology restrictions.

Demonstration Posters

  • The purpose of a Demonstration Poster is to showcase emerging ideas, generate discussion regarding service delivery models, highlight novel techniques and technologies; and/or advocacy efforts pertaining to the care of people with childhood-onset disabilities. Demonstration Posters can be used to highlight an upcoming funded clinical study, but scientific data and analyses are more appropriate for submission as a Scientific Presentation.

Clinical Observation or Single Case Study Posters

  • These posters will provide clinicians others the opportunity to share observations and single case studies that illustrate important or novel findings, treatment outcomes, or lines of scientific inquiry. The goal is to serve as a forum for interesting observations that may not meet the robust standards of scientific evidence needed for a scientific poster but are valuable and compelling to our attendees. 


Important Dates

  • January 31, 2021
    Abstract Submission Deadline
  • March 30, 2021
    Abstract Notification Sent Out
  • May 6, 2021
    Virtual Announcement Sent Out
  • June 2021
    Online Registration Opens
  • July 12, 2021
  • Speaker Timeline/Tasks Sent Out
  • August 10, 2021
  • Speaker Reminder/Timeline/Tasks Sent Out
  • October 6-9, 2021
    75th Annual Meeting