“This was my first time attending OCALICON. It was a fabulous experience. As a related service provider who typically attends professional-specific conferences, this was refreshing to see various aspects and perspectives (other professionals, parents, persons and disabilities).”
The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thanks to all those who submiitted!
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 2020!
Adults ages 18 years or older may submit a proposal for OCALICON.
All proposals must be submitted in English and through the online system by Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (deadline extended from March 25).
Late proposals are not be accepted. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your proposal.
Carefully consider your topic of interest, your perspective, and your preferred session types as you create proposals and add co-presenters.
Each person may submit a maximum of 5 proposals (whether as a primary presenter or co-presenter), and will be selected for a maximum of three sessions (whether as a primary presenter or co-presenter) in the final conference program.
Please note: Only co-presenters who will be physically present at OCALICON should be included on a proposal. There may be several people who have authored or contributed to a project or study, but only those who will be attending OCALICON in person and actively contributing to the onsite presentation should be listed as co-presenters.
Proposals must be submitted online through OCALI Pass, a free online user account.
All proposal submitters will need to either (a) create a new account, or (b) review and verify their information in an existing account. Please use a current mailing address and active email address that is frequently checked. Email is OCALI's primary communication tool.
All proposal submitters are also required to include a short personal bio and upload a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Bios are shared with attendees through the conference guidebook and website. Resumes/CVs are used to apply for continuing education units (CEUs).
Note: A separate account, presenter bio, and CV should be created and uploaded for each individual presenter and co-presenter. All co-presenters must be added to a proposal by the submission deadline of Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (deadline extended from March 25).
Don't wait. Enter or update this information as soon as possible, so you can easily submit your proposal on time.
Review the proposal requirements in advance so that you can create a comprehensive proposal.
Submissions are welcomed for a variety of session types – poster sessions, facilitated discussions, podcast recordings, panels, learning lab sessions, hands-on interactive sessions, and lectures. Think carefully and creatively about which session type would best allow the audience to experience, understand, and/or engage with your session ideas, principles, or strategies. Consider the lessons, take aways, and/or action steps that will allow the audience to replicate or implement session content in their own work.
Breakout sessions are 75 minutes in length. Poster presentations are 60 minutes in length. Chairs, tables, A/V equipment, and presentation space will be offered and arranged to best support different session types.
Sessions are offered that target a broad array of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities, complex and low-incidence disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, communication disorders, and learning disabilities.
Sessions focus on settings of home, school, community, and workplace, and cover a variety of topics such as policy and regulations, models of training, supports and strategies, leadership, and many more. They address needs across the lifespan from infant/toddler though older adult. Content is also categorized by level, ranging from introductory to expert.
We strongly suggest you first compose a proposal in an offline format (such as Microsoft Word) prior to submitting it through the online system. Pay attention to the question-specific limits (minimums and/or maximums), requirements, and the number of selected responses allowed per question. Many fields specify a character limit, not a word limit, which also counts the spaces between words. If guidelines are not followed, the online form will alert you with an error and ask you to revise your answer.
Please note that the proposal submission form does not save incomplete proposals. Be prepared to complete and submit all proposal details in their entirety in one sitting.
The online submission form does not auto save. Your login will time out after 60 minutes of inactivity.
Review proposal content. Make sure your title and abstract clearly and accurately describe your session content. OCALICON participants rely on this information to understand and select which sessions they will attend.
Clearly define the learning objectives and goals for the session that indicate or describe the practical knowledge or strategies participants will learn or gain.
Provide an accurate overall session description that highlights innovative ideas or strategies, encourages audience interaction, and is noncommercial in nature.
Ensure the proposed content is able to be fully and clearly presented in the allotted session time.
Let us know how you will engage the audience. Carefully select a session type as you consider your presentation style. Tell us how you will meet various learning styles, use materials, or ask questions. Highlight how the content will be presented in an engaging, interesting, and/or interactive manner.
Consider the challenges or successes you have experienced in your work and/or in implementing your material. Explain how these lessons can be applied more broadly to the work of others.
Help us understand what you know! Use examples, share research, or highlight a case study, illustration, or story. Show how each presenter demonstrates their experience and contributions. Elaborate on the situations or scenarios where the information has been previously applied and why you think it is relevant, timely, and important to share with others.
Be clear and captivating. Proofread your submission so that it is free from grammatical or spelling errors. Edit your work to focus on the main points while providing enough detail to fully convey the topic of the proposal, as well as the approach used to present information, and the intended impact it will have on the audience.
Ensure all of your co-presenters have been added before the submission deadline of March 31. OCALICON uses an open review process, meaning that reviewers are provided with the names and bios for each presenter listed on a proposal. We believe that the experience and expertise of presenters influences the quality of the presentation. Adding all of the co-presenters prior to the review process provides reviewers a better understanding of the collective profile of the presentation team.
If accepted, you agree to attend OCALICON in person, register at the discounted presenter rate, and present your session at the designated date, time, and room.
All accepted presenters must register at the presenter rate regardless of whether they attend the entire conference, a portion of it, or only their individual session.
Note: The registration fee is waived for presenters with autism, sensory disabilities, or low-incidence disabilities. To take advantage of this waiver, you must confirm by contacting OCALI in writing.
Accepted presenters also agree to submit handouts or session materials into the online system prior to OCALICON. Handouts or session materials are frequently requested and highly utilized by conference attendees.
The sale of all books, products, software, resources, and services must take place exclusively in the exhibit hall. If you would like to promote a product, resource, or service, you or your company/organization may become a vendor in the exhibit hall. Participating exhibitors are also eligible to purchase an Exhibitor Session to focus on the demonstration, use, or promotion of a specific product or service. Proposals that focus primarily on commercial interests rather than on education or content application are not accepted through the Call for Proposals process.
We sincerely appreciate the time you take to complete the proposal process. Thank you for submitting!
Notifications will be sent out via email to the primary presenter of each proposal in early June 2020. Please note that due to the significant number of proposals OCALICON receives, not all proposals will be accepted.