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Autscape 2020 will be held online, at least. Unfortunately it is impossible to predict if the coronavirus crisis will have subsided enough by the end of July to allow participants to meet in person as well. However, if possible, the in-person Autscape event will be held at Giggleswick School, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, UK. In that case we will link up the in-person and online events.

Please distribute widely. The address for this page is: www.autscape.org/2020/proposals/cfp

Autscape 2020: Vision

Monday 27 July – Thursday 30 July 2020
Online and possibly at Giggleswick School, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, UK

We are now accepting proposals for all types of presentations for Autscape 2020. We are accepting proposals for presentations to be given online, in person, or both.

Please submit your proposal by 31 May 2020.

Please use the proposal submission form if at all possible. If you have difficulty using the form, please email programme@autscape.org. Email submissions are not accepted unless exceptional access requirements apply.

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 'Vision'.

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 wish to explore a broad range of perspectives on being autistic, both theoretical and practical. Many different types of input are welcome. 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. The sort of thing that may be selected:

Think about what kinds of activities might work remotely. Is there anything that online interaction might make easier? Shared music does not work particularly well because of timing issues.

Selected proposals are likely to have these features:

The sort of thing that is unlikely to be selected:

Note: if your proposal is not selected for the main programme, you may still offer it as a participant-led activity. There will be an opportunity to submit these nearer the time.

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 slides (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 print a limited number of pages for handouts if there is an in person event. 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?

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.

Contribution to expenses: If there is a physical event and you are able to attend, we will provide up to £50 help towards travel and accommodation expenses (travel only if you are attending Autscape anyway).

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 14 June 2020.

Remember, all proposals must be received by 31 May 2020.