30th Annual International & Persons with Disabilities Conference

Special Notices:

30th Annual International
Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
California State University, Northridge
March 2-7, 2015

Scientific/Research Track
Call for Papers Procedures & Instructions

Please be sure you have completely reviewed this document and agree with all statements before beginning the submission process.

Overview of Scientific/Research Track Call for Papers

The 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, also known as the CSUN Conference, invites submissions of papers for this conference to be held March 2-7, 2015 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 papers 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.

CSUN for the third time features the Scientific/Research Track aiming at involving leading researchers in the Assistive Technology, Accessibility and Inclusion field into the exchange and communication with all stakeholders in the field at CSUN. The Call for the Scientific/Research Track is open to any suggestive topics listed below and accepted contributions will be grouped thematically for presentation. Proceedings from the Scientific/Research Track of the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference will be published in the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities. This track aims at scientific excellence and involves a panel of leading researchers as reviewers to come to an acceptance rate of about 50%. Accepted papers will be presented in the Scientific/Research Track during the CSUN Conference. For more information please visit the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities page.

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.

Scientific/Research Track Session presentations are 40 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, Thursday, March, 5, and Friday, March 6, 2015. By submitting a paper for consideration, author(s) agree that their paper may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference management.

Please visit the Journal page for additional information about the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities and the Call for Papers.

Submissions are due by Friday, September 19, 2014.

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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.

Scientific/Research Track Program Chair

Publishing and Organizing Chairs (to be decided)

International Program Committee (invited)

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Topics and Keywords

This year the categorization of submissions has changed to allow authors and participants to more accurately identify the areas covered in their submission. Authors will select one topic and up to three keywords.

The following lists of topics and keywords, 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.

Topics

Select the topic that best represents the area/track of your submission.

  1. Education
  2. Employment & Workplace
  3. Entertainment
  4. Independent Living
  5. Law & Policy
  6. Transportation

Keywords

Select up to three (3) keywords that best represent your submission. If selecting only one keyword, please do not select Other unless none of the keywords represents your submission.

Aging
Relating to impairments developed as the body ages.
Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
Relating to communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing.
Blind/Low Vision
Relating to impairment of the visual sense.
Cognitive
Relating to impairment of mental processing.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Relating to impairment of the auditory sense
Emerging Assistive Technologies
Relating to the utilization of state-of-the-art technologies by persons with disabilities.
Government
Relating to matters involving state, federal, and/or international governments.
Healthcare
Relating to healthcare as practice, profession, and/or industry.
Higher Education
Relating to post-secondary education.
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Relating to information, communication, enterprise, data storage, and multimedia technologies.
K-12 Education
Relating to primary and secondary education.
Mobility
Relating to impairment of the muscle movement and control.
Other
Relating to a matter not covered by any of the other keywords.
Research & Development
Relating to the discovery of information and/or application of new information.
Web
Relating to the design and development of content on the Internet.

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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 presenters of an accepted submission must register and pay the discounted Speaker Registration fee no later than Friday, January 30, 2015. Any presenter not registered and paid by Friday, January 30, 2015 will not be listed as a presenter in the conference program or on conference website. After Friday, January 30, 2015 sessions with no registered presenters will be cancelled.

Please make note of the following:

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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.

Please note that you will create a password for each submission made. Make sure to note which password is associated with which submission number. There are no author accounts for Call for Papers.

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Submission Title

Limit the title to 75 characters 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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Equipment

Please note all session rooms are set theater-style (chairs only) with a head table for presenters. All session rooms are equipped with the following:

No other equipment will be provided or may be requested. If additional equipment is required it is the responsibility of the presenter to provide. For DVD playback, please request a Windows PC.

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Authors

All authors must be listed on the submission and extended abstract document. Those authors intending to present their submission must indicate such intent during submission. There is a maximum of ten (10) authors on a submission. At least one (1) author must indicate intent to present and no more than five (5) authors may present.

Only authors on the submission may substitute for a presenter or be added as a presenter (up to the limit of five). No substitution or addition of presenters will be permitted after the conclusion of Speaker Registration on Friday, January 30, 2015. All requests for presenter substitution or addition must be made prior to Friday, January 30, 2015.

Contact Author

One author must be designated the Contact Author to act as the point of contact for the submission. An alternate form of contact other than the previously provided e-mail and telephone number must be provided.

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Topic Areas

Choose one topic that best fits your paper.

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Keyword Association

Choose upto three keywords that best fit your paper. If the keyword is not listed, please indicate "Other".

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Content

An abstract and extended abstract are required for submission. The abstract will be provided in the conference program and on the conference website as a description. The extended abstract will be evaluated by the Program Committee for acceptance for presentation and/or publication. Inconsistencies between abstract, extended abstract, and/or other submission information may effect evaluation of a submission.

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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Extended Abstract

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

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

The body of 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 author(s), and presenter(s) to provide an accessible document. Submissions that are not accessible may not be reviewed.

Prepare the extended abstract 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

All authors provided during submission must be listed on the extended abstract and final paper.

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Please contact our conference staff at conference@csun.edu or call 818-677-2578.

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Fees

The Speaker Registration Fee is a reduced conference registration fee that covers a presenter's Scientific/Research Track Session presentation and the ability to attend all other General Sessions 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 2015.

Presenters of accepted submissions will be notified no later than Friday, November 7, 2014. Presenters must register and can pay the Early Speaker Registration fee of $375 no later than Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Any presenter that fails to do so will have to pay the Speaker Registration fee of $450 no later than Friday, January 30, 2015, or they will not be permitted to present and, will not be listed as a presenter in the conference program or on conference website. After Friday, January 30, 2015 sessions with no registered presenters will be cancelled.

Please note the following:

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Conditions of Presentation and Publication

It is understood that these conditions apply to each and every author and presenter, including exhibitors who are making presentations.

  1. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 19, 2014.
  2. Scientific/Research Track Session presentations are 40 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, 2014. By submitting a paper for consideration, the author(s) understand and agree that their paper may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference management.
  3. Each submission must be made with completion of the submission form and a complete extended abstract document. An incomplete submission will not be reviewed.
  4. Authors agree that the Center on Disabilities at CSUN retrains the right to publish, electronically or otherwise, any materials submitted. No compensation is offered to authors/presenters. Authors retain copyright to their own work.
  5. Authors understand that in submitting a paper and indicating intent to present constitutes a commitment for participation and will be required to register for the conference. This applies to every presenter, including exhibitors who are making presentations. Every presenter pays the Speaker Registration Fee, a reduced conference registration fee, even if they are not attending the entire conference. Please note: the exhibitor complimentary registration cannot be applied to Speaker Registration.
  6. It is very important to distinguish between authorship and those actually attending and presenting at the conference. Please take special care to indicate this on the submission form. On the submission form, indicate only those persons who are actually attending and presenting at the conference, as presenters. Authorship within the paper will be recognized when published. All those listed as presenter will be billed a registration fee.
  7. Due to the high number of paper submissions, multiple proposals from the same presenter may not all be accepted.
  8. Confirmation of the proposal acceptance/non-acceptance will be sent to each author no later than Friday, November 7, 2014.
  9. Confirmation of specific date, time, and room location will be sent to all accepted presenters no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015.
  10. Presenters agree to notify the Center on Disabilities by Friday, January 30, 2015 of their participation by registering; or sending written notification by e-mail, fax, or mail.
  11. Presenters agree to notify the Center on Disabilities of any cancellations in writing. Non-attendance does not constitute an official cancellation.
  12. 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 2015.
  13. The official language of the conference is English. All informational material, publications, and presentations will be in English.
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Begin Submission of Papers

Please be sure you have completely reviewed this document and agree with all statements before beginning a submission. Failure to adhere to the procedure and instructions set forth in this document may result in the refusal of your submission.

Please note that you will create a password for each submission made. Make sure to note which password is associated with which submission number. There are no author accounts for Call for Papers. Also note submission related notices will come from conference@csun.edu. Please make sure to add this address to your e-mail approved/not junk/safe sender/white list.

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By submitting a proposal for the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference's Call for Papers you hereby agree to all policies and procedures set forth in this document.

 

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