2017 Call for Proposals






The Autism Society of Greater Akron’s third annual Autism Summit will be held October 13, 2017 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel and Suites in Akron, OH.  The goal of the Autism Summit is to nurture and create a community that is inclusive to all its citizens, treating everyone with respect and dignity. 

If you wish to submit a proposal to present at one of the sessions at our 2017 conference, please note the following important information:

  • Submissions accepted on this website below via "SUBMIT PROPOSAL HERE". 
  • All submissions must be received by May 16, 2017.
  • The Autism Society of Greater Akron conference presentations cannot promote or advertise a commercial product or service without disclosure. All presentations will be permitted at the discretion of the Autism Society of Greater Akron.
  • All presenters will receive a reduced attendance fee of $75 and must register for the conference no later than September 28, 2017.  A registration link will be sent to speakers once approved.
  • Audio/Visual - Speakers are required to furnish their own laptop computer for their session.



The Autism Society uses People First language and encourages you to do the same. When preparing your proposal, keep in mind the audience is professionals, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and advocates. Your presentation must encompass something for everyone and language should reflect the diversity of our conference attendees.

The conference will examine the status of QUALITY OF LIFE indicators as determined by the Autism Society for people with ASD.  Presentations should include how your topic will help the audience learn more about or help achieve one or more of these indicators.




IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended that you reference all the sections provided in the instructions to first compose your proposal responses in a word processing program. When you've finished, copy/paste your responses into the online proposal form.

PLEASE NOTE: The online proposal form does not auto-save. You must complete the entire form in one sitting.

paper instructions


In addition to contact information, please provide a biographical sketch for each presenter, in 50 words maximum to be used on website and in printed program.  Presenter(s) and co-author listing must include credentials (Ph.D., etc.) Here is an example of a bio:

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Dr. Temple Grandin is an internationally respected specialist in designing livestock handling systems. She is the most well-renowned individual with autism in the world today. Dr. Grandin is a best-selling author and activist.

Note: presenters submitting a presentation for a Continuing Education session must include a CV/Resume, 100 words maximum

15 word maximum

Come up with a good, intriguing session title.  It’s the first and perhaps only impression you’ll make on a potential attendee. The primary purpose of a title is to get the attendee to read the first sentence of the description. Here is an example of a session title, and how it should be written:

Example 1:  A Long and Winding Road: An Examination of the Transition Process for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Example 2:  Peer Mediated Supports for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Choose all that apply

  • Caregiver
  • Individual with Autism
  • Educator
  • Family Member
  • Service Provider

Choose the one that best aligns with your content

  • Introductory – provides baseline knowledge or an overview of content to the new or uninitiated attendee
  • Intermediate  – builds on foundational concepts highlighting next steps and best practices
  • Advanced – provides continued or new ideas and practices to attendees who are already very familiar or experienced with the content
  • Expert – provides more specialized practices to attendees with a significant level of knowledge, experience, or understanding of content implementation

Select all that apply

  • Early Childhood (Birth to 5)
  • School Age (6-13)
  • Transtion (14-22)
  • Adulthood
  • All ages

Select all that apply

  • Learners who require significant supports
  • Learners who require minimal supports

50 words maximum for each learning objective: minimum two objectives, maximum three

Craft strong learning objectives. Please complete two (2) out of three (3) Learning Objectives for each proposal in your submission. Any submission with fewer than two will be declined. It is crucial that you follow the guidelines for writing learning objectives as described below. There is a limit of 50 words for each learning objective.

Strong Learning Objectives have three distinguishing characteristics: (1) observable, (2) measurable, (3) must match the content of your proposal as described in your title, description, and content plan.

Encouragement of using active verbs that indicate what will be taught, demonstrated, or experienced.

Here are examples of action verbs: Identify, summarize, list, describe, differentiate, discuss, compute, predict, explain, demonstrate, utilize, analyze, design, select, create, plan, assess, compare, critique, write, apply, demonstrate, prepare, use, compile, revise.

The following are three examples of well-written learning objectives using active verbs.  Participants who attend this presentation will be able to:

  • List three attributes of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of night terrors versus nightmares.
  • Describe three clinical techniques to use when an individual with autism is suffering from disturbing nightmares or having sleepless nights.

50 words maximum

The description must provide and be reflective of your title and your content plan. A session description should get the reader to say, "Hmm, that sounds interesting." Choose the right words to accurately describe the session, pull readers in and get them to commit to attending the session and see the benefits of the presentation. This description is what attendees will see on the website and in the conference program.

500 words maximum

This description must provide information that is essential to the review process. The content plan should include: details on the content that will be provided and sufficient information to determine how the session contributes to best practice and advances the field of autism spectrum disorders.  Presenters who want their session to be considered for continuing education units must clearly describe how the presentation is appropriate for a targeted professional audience.

Select one or more Continuing Education Credits you feel your submission would apply for. CLICK HERE to better understand applicable criteria for Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) TM CE Credits.

Provide a disclosure of financial relationships. This is required of all presenters.  Submitters may sign the form for co-presenters.

You will receive a confirmation email stating that your proposal has been received.  Final Presenters will be chosen and notified by June 6, 2017.

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