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34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - General Call for Papers

Overview of General Call for Papers

The 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference invites submissions of papers for this conference to be held March 11-15, 2019 at the Anaheim Marriott 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.

By submitting a paper for consideration, speaker(s) agree to comply with Conference, Registration and Presentation/Speaker Policies.

Submissions are due by 3:00 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Fields and Topics

The following lists of Fields and Topics 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.


Select one (1) field that best represents the area/track of your submission.


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.

Submission Procedures & Guidelines

Please read this before you begin the submission process.

Please ensure that the information submitted is accurate and appropriately formatted according to these guidelines. This information is included in the Conference Program and on the website. Please review and proof your submission for formatting, spelling, and capitalization. Submissions with these errors and/or non-adherence to the procedures and guidelines will NOT be sent for review.

Accepted submissions will be listed one (1) time in the Conference Program and on the website and can only be presented one (1) time at the CSUN AT Conference.

Submission Title

Limit the title to 75 characters or less. The title of the paper must be concise, descriptive and accurately describe the content of the paper. The use of "catchy phrases" is not permitted. The use of CSUN or the conference name in your title is not permitted. Please do not use all capitals in your title.


All speakers must be listed on the submission and the extended abstract. (We will not “pull” authors’ names from the extended abstract.) Only speakers will receive Speaker Registration notices. Please do not include any suffixes or titles in the speakers’ names and do not use all capitals. There is a maximum of five (5) speakers on a submission.

Speakers cannot be listed on more than three (3) submissions; speakers cannot present more than three (3) sessions.

Every speaker must pay the Speaker Registration fee by 3:00 PM (PST) Tuesday, December 18. (Exhibitor complimentary registrations are NOT VALID for Speaker Registration fees.)

Speakers who have not registered will not be listed in the program or on the website, and may not present at the CSUN AT Conference. Sessions with no registered speakers will be cancelled. No addition of speakers will be permitted after Speaker Registration has concluded.

Contact Speaker

One speaker must be designated as the Contact Speaker as the point of contact for the submission, as well as an alternate contact.

Please ensure that valid email addresses are provided for all speakers to ensure they receive Speaker Registration notices.


Chose one field that best fits your paper.

Topic Association 

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


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. 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.

Please note that submissions consisting of product demonstrations from non-Exhibitors are likely to be rejected.


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. Please do not use all capitals in your abstract.

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. (This does not apply to the minimum 500 word count.) It is the responsibility of the speaker(s) to provide an accessible document.

Submissions that do not include an extended abstract or an accessible extended abstract may not be reviewed.

Prepare the extended abstract as follows:

Presentation Rooms

Please note all session rooms are set theater-style (chairs only) with a head table and two (2) chairs for speakers. (There are no panel presentations.) 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 speaker to provide. All additional equipment must be able to fit on a 30 inch by 24 inch tabletop.

Fees & Schedule

Call for Papers is September 13 – October 2 at 3:00 PM (PDT). Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

Notifications of Acceptance will be sent no later than Tuesday, October 24.

General Sessions presentations are Wednesday through Friday, March 13-15 and are 40 minutes in length.

Speaker Registration Fees

Speaker Registration Cancellation

Cancellation Request must be made in writing and received by 3:00 PM (PST) on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. A $75 processing fee will be assessed. There will be no refunds after Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Speakers must register by 3:00 PM (PST) on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Administrative Processing Fee

Changes unrelated to initial registration and cancellation may be subject to a $75.00 Administrative Processing Fee. To mitigate the fee please make sure persons being registered are correct and the type of registration is correct (speaker, attendee, exhibitor).

Presentations Policies

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By submitting a proposal for the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - General's Call for Papers you hereby agree to all policies and procedures set forth in this document.


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