OCALICON 2016 Review Process
A comprehensive review process helps us develop and offer a high-quality, well-balanced program.
Each proposal is reviewed by three independent reviewers. The three reviewers include one OCALI staff member, one reviewer from Ohio, and one national reviewer. Reviewers are assigned proposals in their area of interest or expertise.
The final selection process is determined by examining the overall proposal score as well as individual review scores, recommendations, and comments. Additional factors include the level of content (introductory, intermediate, advanced), session type (lecture, poster, panel, learning lab, hands-on interactive, facilitated discussion), and the overall balance of topic areas and lifespan issues.
Note: Preference is given to advanced and demonstratively engaging proposals.
Goal of the Review Process
To develop a comprehensive and balanced conference program that will:
- Offer high-quality content that help improve the lives and outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities
- Appeal to an audience of varied attendees across disciplines and system levels (from administrative to teaching to related services to parents/family members)
- Present current, accurate, and relevant information based on research and/or promising practices
- Provide systems-wide and innovative approaches that address needs at the district, regional, state, national, and international level
- Support the improvement of learner outcomes for students and a higher quality of life for individuals with ASD, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities
- Promote and support collaboration and networking amongst participants