Call for proposals

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Autscape Ireland 2020: New Connections

Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 April 2020
Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare

We are now accepting proposals for all types of presentations for Autscape Ireland 2020.

Please submit your proposal by 17 Feb 2020.

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. Nearly all of the audience are autistic people.


The theme for this year's Autscape is 'New Connections'.

This is a broad theme that encompasses any type of connection. 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: 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.

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

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.

What do we expect from you?

Reliability: you need to be able to assure us that you will be there to present as agreed. If there are certain days or times you can’t present, you must let us know when you propose, not later.

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 print 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?

If you want to attend Autscape, you must register and pay for your place in the usual way. You should do this straight away as places are first come first served.

If you are attending Autscape, we will not give any discount on your attendance, accommodation or food. You can submit other expenses.

If you are not registered to attend Autscape, you will be expected only to be on site long enough to give your presentation and join us for one meal if you choose to. We will try to schedule your presentation to make it possible to travel to Autscape and back within the day. Given the location, this should be possible for anyone within Ireland. If that is not possible, you will be accommodated at the venue for one night.

We will make a contribution of up to €50 towards your expenses, with evidence (e.g. train ticket). Please respect the fact that Autscape is a charity funded entirely by the fees paid by participants, most of whom are disabled, and keep your expenses as low as possible, e.g. by buying tickets in advance. We reserve the right not to pay the full amount if your expenses are higher than they needed to be.

If you have exceptional expenses, e.g. bringing a paid carer, having more than one presenter or hiring care for dependants at home, please let us know with your proposal. This will not affect the likelihood of your proposal being accepted. There is a discretionary budget (like bursaries) that will be used for these expenses, but it is limited, so we may have to discuss how much can be offered.

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

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:

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).

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 organising team will select the proposals, but the board has the final say. The organisers will then inform everybody who has made a proposal of their decision by 28 Feb 2020.

Remember, all proposals must be received by 17 Feb 2020.