2021 Call for Proposals

33rd Annual Wisconsin Autism Conference
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center | Wisconsin Dells, WI
Thursday, April 28– Saturday, April 30, 2022
Breakout Sessions: Friday, April 29 –Saturday, April 30, 2022

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2022 Annual Conference. The purpose of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is to provide a wide range of information to those within the autism community. Our goal is to provide relevant information for attendees at all levels, including those who are new to autism and those who have years of experience.

Breakout sessions take place on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 2022, lasting one hour each. We are not able to offer an honorarium or cover expenses for any presenters. Participants attending appreciate clear topic descriptions of what your session will look like. If selected, your presentation must coincide with the description provided in your proposal.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: Friday, November 19, 2021

Proposal Considerations

We’re looking for high quality proposals that include practical strategies and evidence based research addressing a range of issues facing individuals with autism and their families. Areas of interest include:

  • Communication
  • Sensory supports
  • Advocacy & allyship
  • Employment
  • Inclusive & accessible education
  • Social connection & inclusion
  • Emotional regulation
  • Autistic culture and perspectives
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Adolescence/puberty
  • Mental health (depression, anxiety, PTSD, burnout, etc.)
  • Intersectionality & diversity (race, gender identity, ethnicity, etc.)
  • Sessions with advanced level content

Presenter Roles & Responsibilities

All presenters will:
  • Confirm commitment to present within 1 week of notification of selection.
  • Refrain from changing the title and content of the session after the proposal has been accepted.
  • Provide a PowerPoint presentation after the proposal has been accepted.  All selected presenters are required to email their presentation handouts in PowerPoint format to alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org by April 12, 2021.  The handouts will be converted to PDF handouts and placed on a secure website for conference attendees to print on their own.
  • Adhere to Universal Design Guidelines (click here to view).
  • Use respectful language while presenting. We ask that all presenters:
    • Avoid functioning labels (high or low functioning), and instead discuss a person’s specific skills or if you must, use language about the kinds of supports they need.
    • Refrain from using the r-word in any context.
  • Provide their own laptop computer at the conference.  A screen, projector, slide advancer, and microphone will be provided in each breakout session room. MAC users are required to bring the appropriate adapter to hook up to the LCD or VGA projector.  The Autism Society cannot guarantee the Kalahari will have additional adapters for use.
  • Adhere to all deadlines specified in the proposal form.

Factors Affecting Selection

The purpose of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is to provide a wide range of information to those within the autism community. Our goal is to provide relevant information for attendees at all levels, including those who are new to autism and those who have years of experience. The following factors will be considered when selecting proposals:
  • Thoughtful completion of ALL sections of the proposal and adherence to directions.
  • Relevance to and advancement of Autism Society quality of life indicators.
  • Relevance to conference attendees.
  • Number of presentations on the same or similar topics and/or subtopics.
  • Content-area coverage.
  • Presenters’ apparent level of expertise.
  • Professional and geographic distribution of presenters.

Selection Timeline

  • November 19th, 2021 – Deadline to submit proposal
  • December 16th, 2021 – Decision notices are sent
  • Early January 2021 – Time/day of sessions are sent
  • April 12th, 2021 – Microsoft PowerPoint presentations of accepted proposals due for online handouts

*Confirm you can make it: breakout sessions may be scheduled the morning of Friday, April 29th through early afternoon Saturday, April 30th. Please do not submit a proposal if you are unable to present your session at any point during this time-frame. Special scheduling requests are not guaranteed.

Please contact Amber at alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org with any questions.