34th Annual Wisconsin Autism Conference
KI Convention Center, Green Bay, WI
Thursday, April 20– Saturday, April 22, 2023

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: Friday, November 18, 2022

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2023 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 21-22, 2023, 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.

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:

  • Academic Supports
  • Accessibility
  • Adolescence/Puberty
  • Advocacy
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autistic Culture and Perspectives
  • Communication
  • Culturally Responsive Practices
  • Diversity and Intersectionality
  • Employment/Vocational Training
  • Executive Function
  • Family Engagement and Supports
  • Inclusive Practices
  • Independent Living, Housing, Transportation
  • Long-Term Planning
  • Medical/Healthcare
  • Mental Health
  • Sensory Processing/Self-Regulation
  • Sessions with Advanced Level Content
  • Social Connection & Inclusion
  • Transition to Adulthood

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 10, 2023.  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.
  • 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 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 18th, 2022 – Deadline to submit proposal
  • Late December 2022 – Decision notices are sent
  • Early January 2023 – Time/day of sessions are sent
  • April 10th, 2023 – 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 21st through early afternoon Saturday, April 22nd. 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 LeFevre at alefevre@autismgreaterwi.org with any questions.