The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 15-17 | Columbus, OH

November 15-17 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Breakout Sessions


OCALICON 2017 participants will engage in world-class, current, and research-based sessions presented or facilitated by leaders, professionals, and content experts from across the nation and around the world.

Breakout sessions address diverse topics across the lifespan and are presented in different formats in order to best meet audience needs and learning styles.


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Panel – an interactive group of presenters who share ideas, viewpoints, and experiences on key topics and issues. Panel session are designed to cultivate increased understanding and advance knowledge on a particular subject through the sharing of different perspectives. Panel session rooms feature a relaxed setting with four chairs in the front of the room. Questions and comments from the audience are welcome.


Facilitated Discussion

Facilitated Discussion – a dynamic forum to engage the audience in sharing their thoughts, ideas, strategies, and perspectives. A facilitated discussion differs from a panel session in that presenters briefly introduce a topic, then actively engage the audience in a lively and emerging exchange of viewpoints and ideas. Rooms for facilitated discussions feature a limited number of chairs set in a circle to better support continued conversation and promote collective interaction.


Hands On

Hands-on Interactive – an exploration and manipulation of technology, materials, and/or resources. These sessions encourage audience participation and engagement with concepts, ideas, role plays, and implementation strategies to better understand and make practical application of session content. Rooms feature round tables to provide more surface area for manipulatives and to encourage small group interaction.


Poster 2017

Poster – a visual display of innovative content, data, and/or findings presented by representatives from a variety of universities, programs, and agencies. Posters are set on free standing boards in the Research Symposium, and are displayed all day Wednesday and Thursday. This unique format allows attendees to see and review topics at their leisure, and provides an opportunity for presenters to engage in one-on-one discussion during an assigned one-hour lunchtime interactive presentation.


Learning Lab

Learning Lab - a hands-on, technology-based environment for discovering and practicing new skills and techniques with a variety of software and technology products. The Learning Lab is BYOT (bring your own technology) and is facilitated by content experts. An overview of tools and resources will be accompanied by active demonstrations where participants get to explore and practice what they learn as they go. 


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Lecture – a classroom-style instructional sessions conducted by organization, school, state, and national leaders from a single point of view. Lecture rooms are set with both classroom style tables for taking notes as well as additional rows of chairs in the back.