Call for Papers Information

Call for Papers has been Extended to Wednesday, October 27, 2010


26th Annual International
Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
California State University, Northridge
March 14 - 19, 2011

Please review this page in entirety before beginning the submission process.

Overview of Call for Papers

The 26th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference invites submissions of papers for this conference to be held March 14-19, 2011 at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel. The “CSUN” conference is the world’s longest-running and largest conference of its kind on the topic of assistive technology and the positive impact on persons with disabilities. The conference draws more than 4,500 persons annually who attend sessions, visit the exhibit halls, and participate in affiliate meetings and informal gatherings.

A wide variety of submissions are encouraged in the topic areas outlined below. The list is suggestive of the types of papers for consideration, but by no means restrictive to these specific areas. Reviewers will be looking for proposals in the general domains of new concepts concerning hardware and software, adaptive devices, access to technology, training programs, results of research, and overall best-practices in any area of assistive technology.

The conference strives to present a best-practices approach for the education of students, professionals and consumers involved with the many aspects of technology and disability. Your experience, gained through practical applications and/or research, is vital to the promotion of effective assistive technology practices on a widespread basis.

General Session presentations are 30 or 60 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. By submitting a paper for consideration, speakers agree that their paper may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference management.

NOTE: PC & Mac Labs will no longer be available as an option during the General Sessions! We suggest that you select “Demonstration” as an alternative session type.

Paper submissions are due by Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

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Program Committee

All papers are reviewed and selection is made by a Program Committee composed of researchers, academicians and practitioners in the field of assistive technology.

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Topics of Interest

The following lists of topics, while of direct interest to the conference, should not be considered as limiting the submission of interesting papers on related topics. Papers covering all areas of disability and all areas of technology are encouraged.

  1. Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
  2. Aging and Disability
  3. Blind/Low Vision
  4. Cognitive Disabilities
  5. Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  6. Emerging Assistive Technologies
  7. Employment
  8. Web Accessibility
  9. K-12 Education
  10. Learning Disabilities
  11. Legal Issues
  12. Postsecondary Education
  13. Other

Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • AAC for specific age groups
  • AAC assessment
  • AAC funding
  • AAC and literacy

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Aging and Disability

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Specific AT technologies designed for the aging population
  • Integrating AT into the aging population
  • Assessment and Service Delivery
  • Protocols/Funding/Procurement
  • Model Service Programs

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Blind/Low Vision

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Technology applications in different age groups within blind and low vision
  • AT applications in congenital blindness
  • AT applications in acquired blindness
  • AT assessment/funding for blind and low vision

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Cognitive Disabilities

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Specific AT applications with cognitively disabled populations
  • AT applications with individuals with traumatic brain injuries
  • Matching accommodations to individual needs of persons with cognitive disabilities

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Creative use of mainstream technologies for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Integrating AT into appropriate environments for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Making existing technologies accessible for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Culture and AT in deaf and hard of hearing

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Emerging Assistive Technologies

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Advanced Prosthetic Devices
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Human-Robotics Interaction
  • Environmental Control Access

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Employment

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • AT integration with currently employed/newly employed personnel
  • Employer obligations for provision of AT
  • Transitioning from HS or College into employment with AT
  • Model employment programs
  • Accommodating severe and profound disabilities in employment

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Web Accessibility

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Accessibility features of Internet based information
  • Disability services provided via the Internet
  • Internet based information on disability and technology

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K-12 Education

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Continuum of AT applications throughout the K-12 process
  • Diversity of AT applications in K-12
  • Transitioning into college with AT from high school
  • Integrating of AT into existing curriculums

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Learning Disabilities

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Specific AT applications with learning disabled populations
  • Integrating AT and LD students into mainstream classrooms
  • Matching accommodations to individual needs of the LD population
  • Transitioning AT with LD students as they grow and advance

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Legal Issues

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ADA programs and AT
  • Section 508 issues and practices
  • Compliance with IDEA and AT
  • Legal mandates related to funding

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Postsecondary Education

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparing the environment for transitioning new students into college with AT
  • Improving overall computer literacy levels of disabled college students
  • Model programs for campus-wide access
  • Accommodating severe and profound disabilities in postsecondary education

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Other

For papers that address additional topics in disabilities and technology. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Accessible Housing and Vehicles
  • Mobility
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Universal Design
  • Veterans with Disabilities

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Submission Guidelines

Please review following guidelines before starting a submission.

Important Information

To ensure the most accurate information is available for our attendees and to assist us with the preparation of printed materials, ALL speakers must register and pay the discounted speaker fee no later than 2 weeks after receiving acceptance notification. Any speaker not registered and paid by Friday, December 10, 2010 will be removed from the submission if there are multiple speakers or the session will be cancelled if there is only one presenter.

Please make note of the following:

  • Call for Papers starts Wednesday, September 1, 2010.
  • Deadline to Submit is Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
  • Notification of Acceptance will be an on-going process with final notification no later than Monday, November 15, 2010.
  • Any speaker not registered and paid by Friday, December 10, 2010 will be removed from the submission if there are multiple speakers or the session will be cancelled if there is only one presenter.

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General

Please ensure that the information submitted is accurate and appropriately formatted. The information submitted is published on the CSUN Conference website and program.

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Title of Paper

Limit the title to 12 words or less. Longer titles will be edited. The title of the paper must be concise and descriptive. It must accurately describe the content of the paper. Use of "catchy phrases" is not permitted. We appreciate your adherence to the submission procedures by not using all capitals in your title.

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1-2 Sentence Descriptive Abstract

It is vital that the 25 word description reflect the content of the presentation. The abstract should include the basic content of the proposed session, the method for information delivery, and the source of the information. This abstract will be printed in the conference program. Please note, abstracts may be edited for length at the discretion of the conference organizers. We appreciate your adherence to the submission procedures by not using all capitals in your abstract.

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Types of Session

Choose one type of session that best describes your proposal:

Demonstration
A presentation of processes, examples, devices, software, and/or products.
Lecture
A presentation in which research, theories, findings, critical information, background, and/or history is conveyed to the audience.
Panel Discussion
A discussion, of no less than 5 speakers, of a topic of public interest in front of an audience, with whom the speakers may interact with.

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Length of Session

Session lengths are 30 minutes and 60 minutes.

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Level of Session

Carefully choose one level that best meets the typical audience for your subject matter.

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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Selecting a Topic Track

Choose one topic that best fits your proposal (see Topics of Interest). If the topic is not listed, please indicate "Other."

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Equipment

Please note all session rooms are set theater style (chairs only). All session rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Projection Screen
  • Color Projection Unit
  • One Lavaliere Microphone
  • One Hand Held Microphone

The following technology may be requested:

  • Windows PC
  • Apple PC
  • Internet Access
  • DVD Player
  • Easel, Pad, and Markers

For DVD playback, please request a Windows or Apple PC. If equipment is not listed above, it is the responsibility of the presenter to provide.

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Extended Abstract

Each proposal submission must include an electronic copy of the extended abstract. Accepted formats are:

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Microsoft Word Document (DOC, DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect Document (WPD,WP,WP5,WP6)
  • UTF-8 or ASCII Text File (TXT)

Note: Complete text of the accepted papers will be requested at a later time.

The extended abstract should be no less than 500 words, no more than 1500. It must include the title, name(s) of presenter(s) and/or author(s) and their contact information, summary of the paper, and any references and/or endnotes. It is the responsibility of the speaker(s), author(s), and presenter(s) to provide an accessible document. Proposals that are not accessible may not be reviewed.

Prepare the proposal summary as follows:

  1. Left align document
  2. Start with the title of the paper
  3. List all presenters/authors and their contact information
  4. Body of the paper
  5. Close with endnotes and/or references

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Speakers and Managers

During the submission process you will be asked to provide the speakers and managers for your submission. These two roles are defined as follows:

Speaker
An author of the submission, expected to give the presentation. The speakers will be published in program materials. All speakers of accepted papers must complete speaker registration and pay their speaker registration fee.
Manager
A representative of an author of the submission, such as a co-worker or assistant. This representative may submit and manage the submission for the author(s), but is not permitted to participate in the presentation. Managers will not be published in program materials. There is no registration fee for managers.

All speakers provided in the submission must be listed on the extended abstract and final paper.

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If you require assistance with the submission process, please contact our conference staff at conference@csun.edu or call 818-677-2578.

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Fees

  • Speaker Registration Fee: $375
  • Late Speaker Registration Fee: $450

The Speaker Registration Fee is a reduced conference registration fee that covers a speaker's General Session presentation and the ability to attend all other General Session and conference events. Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Speaker Registration or Attendee Registration. Pre-Conference Workshops may be added for an additional fee. The list of Pre-Conference Workshops and associated fees will be made available prior to the opening of Attendee Registration in January 2011.

Speakers of accepted submissions will be notified no later than Monday, November 15, 2010. Speakers must register and pay the Speaker Registration fee of $375 no later than Friday, December 10, 2010. Any speaker that fails to do this will have to pay the Late Speaker Registration fee of $450 immediately, or they will be removed from thesubmission if there are multiple speakers or the session will be cancelled if there is onlyone presenter.

Please note the following:

  • Call for Papers starts Wednesday, September 1, 2010.
  • Deadline to Submit is Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
  • Notification of Acceptance will be an on-going process with final notification no later than Monday, November 15, 2010.
  • Any speaker not registered and paid by Friday, December 10, 2010 will have to pay the Late Speaker Registration fee of $450 immediately, or they will be removed from the submission if there are multiple speakers or the session will be cancelled if there is only one presenter.

Submission of Papers

The submission process requires a user name and password to submit a proposal. If you submitted a proposal or attended the CSUN Conference from 2007-2010, please use the same user name/e-mail address and password. Otherwise, you will need to create an account to begin your Call for Papers submission.

General Session presentations are 30 or 60 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. By submitting a paper for consideration, speakers agree that their paper may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference management.

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Contact Information

CSUN Center on Disabilities
Wayne Fernandes - conference@csun.edu
18111 Nordhoff St.
BH-110, Center on Disabilities
Northridge, CA
91330-8340
Phone: (818) 677-2578
Fax: (818) 677-4929