The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 16-18 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 16-18

Columbus, Ohio

Breakout Sessions


OCALICON 2016 participants will engage in high-quality, relevant, timely, and cutting-edge sessions as they choose from over 150 breakout sessions led by leaders, professionals, and content experts from across the nation and around the world.

Breakout sessions address diverse topic areas across the lifespan and are presented in a variety of styles in order to best meet the needs and learning styles of the audience.

Search for specific sessions and more details in the Session Sorter

Panel – an interactive session featuring 4 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. Questions and comments from the audience are welcome. Panel session rooms feature a relaxed setting with four chairs in the front of the room and one hand held microphone.

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

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

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 3’ wide x 7.5’ tall 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 - 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 features an online computer lab 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. The Learning Lab is set with approximately 20 networked devices (laptop computers and tablets). Additional space is provided for attendees who bring their own device.

Lecture – a classroom-style instructional sessions conducted by organizational, school, state, and national leaders from a single point of view. Lecture rooms are set with rows of chairs and provide the presenters with one lectern at the front of the room.