Call for Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals

The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference will host two days of pre-conference sessions, to be held on March 19 and 20, 2018. These sessions are either half-day (4 hours) or full-day workshops (8 hours), intended to offer an in-depth study and learning experience in the areas of assistive technology.

The Center on Disabilities is accepting proposals for the pre-conference of the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference until the deadline of October 13, 2017. All proposals must be submitted via the online form. Emailed, faxed or mailed submissions will not be reviewed nor accepted. Any inquiries regarding the pre-conference workshops can be directed to conference@csun.edu or (818) 677-2578.

Half-day and Full-day Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops offer in-depth, skill-building tools and focus on the topics that offer career advancement and professional development. Workshop rooms are set-up classroom style, unless otherwise agreed upon, and include basic A/V equipment. We unfortunately cannot support any labs as part of a pre-conference session. Please note that workshops require advance sign-up and an additional fee from attendees, thus it is our intention that the pre-conference workshops are appealing and worthwhile. Workshops are not intended to be about promotional marketing, selling or distribution of any product or service.

Pre-conference workshops should provide:

  • An enhanced and in-depth exploration as opposed to a general overview
  • Offer distinct learning objectives with gained practical knowledge
  • Include an interactive or hands-on learning experience

Speakers

All professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with expertise in a subject matter area are welcome to submit a proposal. Companies or representatives on behalf of an organization, company or product will not be accepted as a speaker for a pre-conference workshops.

Pre-Conference Proposal Requirements

For consideration as a half-day or full-day presenter, please complete the online form. You are required to include the following information:

  • Up to four speakers per workshop (later additions and substitutions prohibited)
  • All presenter details and contact information
  • Presenter bios
  • Half or full-day designation
  • Program title
  • 3 Learning objectives
  • Program description (including summary, format and how objectives will be met)
  • Equipment needs (it is the responsibility of all presenters to communicate their technology set-up and to provide their own equipment beyond what is made available)
  • Audience type (beginner, intermediate or advanced)

All proposals will be reviewed based on how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Addresses an innovative or new perspective in technology
  • Offers beneficial strategies for effectively implementing assistive technology practices
  • Incorporates hands-on learning
  • Demonstrates how learning objectives will be met
  • Provides a diversity of learning modalities and styles

Compensation

By speaking at the Pre-Conference Workshop for the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, speakers will receive the following:

  • Complimentary conference registration for all pre-determined speakers only (no substitutions).
  • One-night hotel stay per speaker. All speakers are pre-determined with no substitutions allowed.

Speaker Terms & Conditions

Speakers will be expected to adhere to the following rules and guidelines if selected:

  • Speakers are expected to present the workshop as described and outlined in the proposal; unless otherwise determined by the Center on Disabilities.
  • Speakers are to provide participants with fully accessible lecture formats and handouts and should the speaker(s) provide any materials, they are solely responsible for the duplication, shipment, receiving, on-site storage, and delivery to the meeting room. Handouts are informational pieces directly related to the presentation.
  • Speakers are strictly prohibited from engaging in any type of promotional marketing, selling of any product(s) or service(s), promoting exhibit booth(s) or distributing any products/merchandise.
  • Speakers shall not represent on behalf of any company, organization or product. The pre-conference agreement is between the Center on Disabilities and the speaker(s), not with any company, organization or product.
  • Speakers are prohibited from making changes to the workshop’s format and/or speakers after the proposal submission. Any changes must be requested and are at the discretion of the Center on Disabilities. The Center on Disabilities must be notified immediately in the event of an emergency preventing a speaker from meeting their obligation.
  • All materials, workshop content and presentation must not violate any proprietary or personal rights of others, is factually accurate, and contains nothing libelous or otherwise unlawful. Presentations should be the speakers’ own original work and any necessary permissions or license are obtained legally from any persons or organizations whose material is included or used in the presentation.