The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals – Deadline: Tuesday, March 20

OCALICON 2018 seeks proposals from professionals, scholars, family members, self-advocates, researchers, service providers, educators, and leaders in the fields of autism, sensory disabilities, low-incidence, and other disabilities.

OCALICON will select proposals and build a 3-day program of breakout sessions that are interactive and comprehensive, focusing on topics of national significance and targeted toward an experienced audience. The best proposals typically highlight the implementation of session content through engaging discussions, real world examples, new perspectives or various points of view, new technologies/innovations, and/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 work, home, school, or community setting.

Breakout sessions address different population targets and diverse topics across the lifespan. They are presented in a variety of session formats designed to best meet the needs and interests of adult learners. Content is categorized by session level which ranges from introductory to expert level.

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. NEW for 2018! Strategy Smackdown sessions and MasterMind sessions. Learn more about the various session types.

Presenter candidates are encouraged to think deeply about how their session content could be best presented in an engaging, relevant, and meaningful format.

Population Targets

OCALICON offers sessions that target a breadth of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities, complex and low-incidence disabilities, as well has increased session offerings for intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, communication disorders, and learning disabilities across the home, school, community, and workplace. View the full list of OCALICON 2018 population targets.

Session Topics

Sessions cover topics such as policy and regulations, models of training, family supports, leadership, literacy, mental health, classroom strategies, sensory supports, and many more. They address needs across the lifespan from infant/toddler through older adult.

Special Education Leadership Institute

NEW for 2018! Through the Special Education Leadership Institute, the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children in partnership with OCALI will offer an increase in sessions focused on leadership, school climate, policy and legislation, compliance, federal and state regulations, and more. 

Review Process

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

OCALICON is committed to providing informative, engaging, applicable, interactive, world-class sessions presented by leaders in the field and content experts from across the nation and around the world. 

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for OCALICON 2018.