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

Call for Proposals


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The Call for Proposals closed on March 20.

Thanks to all who submitted. Notification of acceptance or denial will be sent in early June.


OCALICON 2017 seeks proposals from professionals, scholars, family members, self-advocates, and leaders in the fields of autism, sensory disabilities, low-incidence and other disabilities. All proposals are welcome. 

Breakout sessions address diverse topics across the lifespan and are presented in a variety of session formats designed to best meet audience learning needs.

OCALICON is committed to providing world-class, applicable, interactive, and informative sessions presented by leaders, professionals, and content experts from across the nation and around the world. Thank you for your interest in submitting.


Population Targets

OCALICON offers sessions that target autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities (such as deafblind, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, and deaf/hard of hearing) and is increasing session offerings for intellectual disabilities, communication disorders, and learning disabilities (such as dyslexia or Down syndrome). View the full list of OCALICON 2017 population targets.


Session Topics and Content Levels

Sessions cover a wide variety of topics (such as literacy, employment, classroom strategies, policy, family supports) and address needs across the lifespan (infant/toddler through older adult). Content is also categorized by level which ranges from (1) introductory/baseline-level of information, (2) intermediate sessions which build on foundational concepts highlighting next steps and best practices, (3) advanced content that targets those very familiar in a topic area and entrenched in the work, and (4) the newly added expert level for those with a significant knowledge, experience, and understanding of the implementation of the work.


Session Types

Submissions are welcomed as research posters, facilitated discussions, panel sessions, bring-your-own technology in the learning lab, hands-on interactive sessions, and the traditional lecture. Learn more about the various session types. Presenter candidates are encouraged to think deeply about how their session content could be best presented for adult learners. OCALICON will select proposals and showcase sessions that are interactive and comprehensive, focusing on topics of national significance and targeted toward an experienced audience. Submit proposals that highlight implementation of session content through engaging discussions, relevant examples, new perspectives or various points of view, new technologies, or interactive manipulatives. OCALICON attendees are eager to engage and want to learn principles and strategies they can take back to apply and implement in their own setting.


Review Process

Through a national review process, OCALI will select proposals in various formats that support an overall balanced scope across topic areas and lifespan issues.


For more detailed information about the Call for Proposals, please download and review the Proposal Submission Requirements PDF prior to submitting your proposal.

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Proposal Submission Process