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33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - General Call for Papers

33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
California State University, Northridge
March 19 to 23, 2018

General 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 General Call for Papers

The 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference invites submissions of papers for this conference to be held March 19 to 23, 2018 at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel. The CSUN AT 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 fields and topics 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.

For detailed information about submitting a Science/Research Journal Call for Papers Proposal, visit the Journal Call for Papers 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.

General Session presentations are 40 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 2018. By submitting a paper for consideration, speaker(s) agree that their paper may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference management.

Submissions are due by Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

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Fields and Topics

This year the categorization of submissions has changed to allow speakers and participants to more accurately identify the areas covered in their submission. Speakers will select one field and up to three topics.

The following lists of Fields and 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.

Fields

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

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

Topics

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

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Submission Guidelines

Please review following guidelines before starting a submission.

Important Information

Only those indicated as Speakers on the paper submission will receive Speaker Registration notices. To ensure the most accurate information is available for our attendees and to assist us with the preparation of Conference materials, ALL speakers of an accepted submission must register and pay the discounted Speaker Registration fee no later than Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Any speaker not registered and paid by Tuesday, December 19, 2017 will not be listed as a speaker in the conference program or on conference website. After Tuesday, December 19, 2017 sessions with no registered speakers will be canceled.

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 included on the CSUN AT 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 speaker 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 and two (2) chairs for speakers. All session rooms are equipped with the following:

The Windows PC provided is capable of DVD playback. No other equipment will be provided or may be requested. If additional equipment is required it is the responsibility of the speaker to provide. All additional equipment must be able to fit on a 30 inch by 24 inch tabletop. Request for additional or alternative setup times cannot be honored.

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Speakers

All speakers must be listed on the submission and extended abstract document. Only speakers will receive Speaker Registration notices. There is a maximum of five (5) speakers on a submission and no speaker may be listed on more than three (3) submissions. Please note: Panel-type presentations are not permitted in the General Session rooms.

No addition of speakers will be permitted after the conclusion of Speaker Registration on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Please note: Speaker Registrations are non-transferable; Exhibitor complimentary registrations cannot be applied to Speaker Registration.

Contact Speaker

One speaker must be designated as the Contact Speaker 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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Field

Choose one field that best fits your paper.

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Topic Association

Choose up to three topics that best fit your paper. If the topic is not listed, please indicate "Other".

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Content

An abstract and extended abstract are required for submission. The abstract will serve as a session description 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. Inconsistencies between abstract, extended abstract, and/or other submission information may affect 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:

The extended abstract should be no less than 500 words, no more than 1500. It must include the title, name(s) of speaker(s) and their contact information, summary of the paper, and any references and/or endnotes. It is the responsibility of the speaker(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 speakers and their contact information
  4. Body of the paper
  5. Close with endnotes and/or references

All speakers provided during submission must be listed on the extended abstract as well.

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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 speaker's General 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.

Speakers of accepted submissions will be notified no later than Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Speakers must register and can pay the Speaker Registration fee of $380 no later than Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Any speaker that fails to do so will have to pay the Late Speaker Registration fee of $455 no later than Tuesday, December 19, 2017, or they will not be permitted to present and, will not be listed as a speaker in the conference program or on conference website. After Tuesday, December 19, 2017 sessions with no registered speakers will be canceled.

Please note the following:

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Conditions of Presentation

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

  1. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
  2. General Session presentations are 40 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 2018. By submitting a paper for consideration, the speaker(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. Speakers agree that the Center on Disabilities at CSUN retains the right to any materials submitted. General Session presentations are not published in the Center on Disabilities’ Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities. No compensation is offered to speakers. Please note: Unauthorized recordings are not permitted in the General Session presentation rooms by speakers or attendees.
  5. Product giveaways are prohibited in the General Session presentation rooms.  Presenters are advised that proposals consisting of product demonstrations are likely to be rejected unless they are participating as an Exhibitor.
  6. Speakers 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 speaker, including exhibitors who are making presentations. Every speaker 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.
  7. Due to the high number of paper submissions and scheduling issues, a speaker cannot be listed on more than three (3) submissions.
  8. Confirmation of the proposal acceptance/non-acceptance will be sent to each speaker no later than Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
  9. Confirmation of specific date, time, and room location will be sent to all accepted speakers no later than Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
  10. Speakers agree to notify the Center on Disabilities by Tuesday, December 19, 2017 of their participation by registering; or sending written notification by e-mail, fax, or mail.
  11. Speakers agree to notify the Center on Disabilities of any cancellations in writing by Tuesday, December 19, 2017. A $75.00 cancellation fee will be assessed. No refunds for Speaker Registration will be granted after Tuesday, December 19, 2017. 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.
  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. By submitting a proposal it is understood that you agree with all the statements and policies and procedures. 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 speaker 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 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - General Track's Call for Papers you hereby agree to all policies and procedures set forth in this document.

 

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