Call for proposals

Note: Proposals for Autscape 2018 are now closed.
Note: For now, we're only soliciting proposals for a subsidised presentation for the main Autscape programme. See below for more information. If you would like to offer an informal activity or session, please wait; we will ask for those separately later. If you have any questions, please send them by email to programme@autscape.org. Thanks in advance for your interest.

Please distribute widely. The address for this page is: www.autscape.org/2018/proposals/cfp

Autscape 2018: Exploring Inclusion

Tuesday 28 August – Friday 31 August 2018
Tonbridge, Kent, UK

We are now accepting proposals for all types of presentations for Autscape 2018.

Please submit your proposal by 16 April 2018.

Submission form

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About Autscape

Autscape is an autistic conference. It is run by and for autistic people. The environment and content of the event are centred around autistic people's needs, interests and sensitivities.

Theme

The theme for this year's Autscape is 'Exploring Inclusion'.

This is a broad theme that encompasses exploration of autism and inclusion from within every possible context. We invite proposers to interpret the theme freely and creatively.

Possible example topics include (but are not limited to):

Presentations which seek to develop this theme will be given priority; however, any suitable topic, even if it is not directly related to autism, will be considered.

What we are looking for

We are looking for quality proposals by qualified presenters, but 'qualifications' don't have to be formal.

We wish to explore a broad range of perspectives on being autistic, both theoretical and practical. Many different types of input are welcome: traditional lectures, creative expression, physical activity, interactive workshops and more.

Although many of the autistic people who are attracted to Autscape are highly verbal, others may have difficulty with an event centred around language. Therefore, we are also seeking workshops which are not primarily focused on the spoken word.

Selected proposals are likely to have these features:

The sort of thing that may be selected:

The sort of thing that is unlikely to be selected:

Note: if your proposal is not selected for the main Autscape programme, you may still offer it as a participant-led activity. There will be an opportunity to submit these in advance so they can be timetabled, but you may also book them at Autscape itself.

Examples

For examples of what has been presented as part of the Autscape main programme in the past, see the presentations from previous years.

What do we expect from you?

Reliability: you need to be able to assure us that except for unforeseen circumstances you will be there to present as agreed.

Presentation materials: please send copies of any handouts and computer presentations (for example, PowerPoint) by the date requested (to be confirmed, about two weeks before Autscape). These will be made available for download and printing by Autscape participants. In addition we can printed a limited number of pages for handouts. You retain the copyright to your material.

Your details and presentation summary: the summary and bio you submit with your proposal will be published on our website. You may correct, modify or update them once after your proposal is accepted (except for any errors that are our fault).

Permission to record: as a reasonable adjustment for people with processing difficulties, some audience members will audio record your presentation for personal use. This is not optional. We may also seek your permission to video or otherwise record your presentation. These recordings may be made available to others by Autscape. This is optional. Denying permission will not prejudice decision makers against your presentation, and permission can be withdrawn at any time prior to distribution. If you have any questions, please let us know so we can discuss it.

What can you expect from us?

Accommodation: you will receive one day's attendance at Autscape free of charge. Presenters will be accommodated on-site for the day of their presentation including the night before or after. Only one such place can be offered for each presentation, regardless of the number of presenters. Whenever you are not presenting you can enjoy the event, including other workshops and the setting, just as any other participant.

Audience: a rare opportunity to be heard by a significant number of autistic people. A chance to have some influence and get some feedback from the people who matter most in the field of autism.

Respect and consideration: we will do our best to meet any special needs or requirements you may have, as long as you communicate them to us with sufficient notice.

How to submit your proposal

To submit your proposal, please use this form.

If you have difficulty accessing or completing the form, please email: programme@autscape.org

We do not accept submissions by email unless you have exceptional reasons for being unable to access the form (for example, learning difficulties or technical limitations).

Due to a high level of competition in recent years, late submissions will not normally be considered. If you think you will have any problems with the form, the deadline, or any other aspect of submitting a proposal, please contact us before the deadline. Submissions by other means or after the deadline should not be considered accepted until or unless they have been acknowledged by the Programme Coordinator.

The board will decide which presentations to accept for Autscape and will inform everybody who has made a proposal of their decision by 16 May 2018.

Remember, all proposals must be received by 16 April 2018.