Call for Posters

After much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 START National Training Institute (SNTI) previously scheduled to occur in Austin, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. While this was not an easy decision, the Center for START Services felt that it was prudent to take this proactive measure in the best interest of the health & wellbeing of our attendees and presenters, many of whom experience IDD, medical vulnerabilities and/or are involved in the direct support and care of people with IDD/medical vulnerabilities.

The Center for START Services is inviting submissions for proposals for the 2020 START National Training Institute Poster Session taking place in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2020. At least one submission is required from START programs and all members of the START Network are encouraged to participate. Poster content should be research based and focus on practices, tools or interventions that promote positive outcomes for individuals with IDD and behavioral health needs. Preference will be given to posters that focus on this years’ theme, mindfulness, as well as those that utilize SIRS data and relate directly to START model values and principles.

Posters will be judged by a committee of experts in the field of MHIDD. First, second, and third place winners will be announced at the START awards luncheon on Tuesday afternoon. Poster Proposal Deadline: Friday March 20, 2020

Poster Requirements

All posters must include the following:

  1. Title
  2. All authors
  3. Abstract*
  4. Data
  5. Outcomes

*Abstracts should highlight major points of the research, why the work is important, the purpose, conclusions, and practice implications.

What Does It Mean to Be Evidence Informed? 
Evidence informed practice (EIP) is a commitment to continual data collection, evaluation and practice modifications based on what is learned in the field. A critical element of being evidence informed is ongoing, collective learning and sharing of knowledge across disciplines. EIP has been shown to promote positive changes and outcomes for people and their families, communities and systems. It also assures that decision making is based on data gathered and supports the 3 A’s of START (accountability, accessibility and appropriateness).

Author Responsibilities

  • Author(s) must be available during the poster session to answer questions
  • Handouts of the poster abstract should be available during the poster session
  • Author(s) may also choose to present reports, data, journal articles, etc to support the presented outcomes
  • Author(s) are responsible for getting posters and other materials to the SNTI

Online Poster Proposal Submission Form

Submit a Poster Proposal

Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of research poster will be sent to the lead author in early April by email. Additional information about shipping and printing will be provided upon poster submission approval

Contact Information

Andrea Caoili, LCSW
Director of Research & Quality Assurance

Ann Klein, MA
Director of Evaluation & Outcomes