“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).”
A comprehensive review process helps OCALI develop and offer a high-quality, well-balanced program.
Each proposal is reviewed by three independent reviewers. The three reviewers include one OCALI or ODE 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, session type, and the overall balance of topic areas, age ranges, and lifespan issues.
To develop a comprehensive and balanced conference program that will:
The primary proposal submitter will receive an email in June 2020 with the note of acceptance or denial.
It is the responsibility of the primary proposal submitter to let the other co-presenters know of the decision.
The review committee may recommend that session content be presented in a different session type than originally submitted (i.e. hands-on interactive instead of lecture). The primary submitter will have the opportunity to consider and agree to switch the session type or withdraw the proposal from further consideration.
A Presenter Agreement will be emailed to each individual presenter (primary and co-presenters). This agreement will need to be signed and returned to OCALI by August 2020.
Once accepted, all presenters will register at the discounted presenter rate and will commit to presenting the session information in person at the designated date, time, and room. (Note: The registration fee is waived for presenters with autism, sensory disabilities, or low-incidence disabilities).
The primary presenter will upload session handouts or materials into the online system in October/November 2020.