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See "Presenter Guidelines" at left to view more information and tips about ensuring your presentation is fully accessible to all and shipping any materials to the hotel.


Session Types

The AUCD Conference features several types of sessions, allowing attendees to learn more during their time at the conference.  Please read below to familiarize yourself with the full details and changes before beginning the proposal submission process.

Concurrent: 75 minute interactive presentation

photo: people sitting in a circle talkingAn individual or small group will lead an interactive discussion or exercise for 75 minutes. Presenters should not "present" for more than 20% of the session. Approximately 8 of this type of abstracts will be accepted for the entire conference. Proposals submitted but not accepted in this format may be offered a 20 minute paper or poster slot instead. 

Presenters in concurrent sessions will automatically have microphones, a podium, a head table, an LCD projector, and a screen in the room. Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop, or may request one from AUCD (through the hotel) at their own cost.


Concurrent: 75 minute panel presentation: all panelists are identified

photo: concurrent sessionA panel is a group of thematically linked presentations and a designated moderator. Each panelist will present for 20 minutes as one of two or three presenters who are submitting this proposal with you.

Diversity among organizations, Centers, and individuals is strongly encouraged on each panel (i.e,: a panel might include a researcher, a trainee, and a self-advocate presenting various elements of one project; groups from multiple organizations within the state presenting on family support efforts in their state; or presenters from multiple Centers showcasing the different ways each uses distance technology in training trainees).

AUCD will not accept submitted panel sessions where there is only one presenter who is an author on multiple presentations. Please use this submission format only if you have a common theme, between three and five distinct presentations and presenters, and an identified moderator.

Presenters in concurrent sessions will automatically have microphones, a podium, a head table, an LCD projector, and a screen in the room. Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop, or may request one from AUCD (through the hotel) and be invoiced for the cost.


Concurrent: 20 minute presentation: will be combined with others

photo: panel presentersIf accepted, you will present for 20 minutes along with two or three others who submit proposals on a theme similar to yours. AUCD will select the abstracts to be presented with yours, doing our best to ensure thematically linked and compelling combinations. Because several presentations will be combined into one timeslot, only one speaker per proposal is permitted. AUCD will assign a moderator to the session to contact all presenters before the session, to keep time, and facilitate a question and answer session during the session.

Presenters in concurrent sessions will automatically have microphones, a podium, a head table, an LCD projector, and a screen in the room. Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop (combination sessions are encouraged to communicate beforehand and create a single PPT and bring a single laptop to avoid delays in the session while switching machines), or may request one from AUCD (through the hotel) and be invoiced for the cost.


Poster Symposia

photo: poster presentation to a groupAll posters for the AUCD Conference will be presented on Monday afternoon in a series of Poster Symposia. During these 75 minute sessions, 12-15 posters on a similar theme will be grouped together in a room. Posters will be displayed on boards and have a table underneath for accompanying materials. The session will be introduced by a moderator who will provide a very brief introduction of each poster, after which time attendees will be able to move about the room speak with individual poster presenters directly for the remainder of the session. Attendees are free to move between symposia rooms and view posters on other topics.

Presentations accepted in this format are expected to create and hang a poster (see the below requirements), and accompany said poster and discuss it with individuals as they explore posters in more depth, then remove the poster at the conclusion of the event. Electronic versions of posters, in PowerPoint or PDF format, are required to be received by AUCD before the conference and will be posted on the public AUCD Conference website for attendee reference.

All poster presenters will be provided with a poster board (dimensions below), push pins for hanging the poster, a 6' skirted table for displaying materials, and a single chair. Presenters requiring electricity, internet, or any other items should request them through AUCD and will be invoiced for the cost.

photo: presenter describing his poster

Poster Requirements

Physical Poster

  • Create it: Print on heavy duty paper or fabric, not larger than 44" tall by 90" wide, or 3.75' x 7.5'. Many presenters create their poster in PowerPoint at the maximum PPT width of 52" wide x 44" tall, or create their poster in a design program like InDesign or Photoshop that allows for custom sizes.
  • Print it: Almost any print shop (ie the university printer, a local business, Fed-Ex, or should be able to print your poster. Some will offer shipping directly to the conference, while others will require you to check the poster as luggage on your flight or make separate shipping arrangements.
  • Hang it: A fabric poster board and table underneath for materials are provided by AUCD. Push pins and other equipment to hang your poster is also provided by AUCD.
  • Ship it: See the "shipping" section of this website for important information about shipping your poster to the hotel if you're unable to bring it during your travels.


  • Create it: A single PPT slide or PDF of your poster.
  • Submit it: E-posters must be submitted approximately 3 weeks prior to the Conference; additional details will be sent to accepted poster presenters and posted on the AUCD website.
  • Display it: E-posters will be posted and publicly available on the AUCD conference website both before and after the conference.

Proposal Topics

Proposals to present at the AUCD Conference are accepted in the following topic areas, though this is not an exclusive list.

Art & Culture
Behavior Supports & Mental Health
Community Living & Supports
Criminal Justice/Victims Rights
Cultural & Ethnic Diversity & Linguistic Competence
Diagnostic and Clinical Service Issues
Disability Studies
Education: Early Intervention/Early Education
Education: K-12, Literacy, Learning
Education: Postsecondary
Emergency Preparedness
Employment, Housing & Transportation
Engagement with Creative Partners
Ethics & Quality of Life
Health, Wellness, Recreation & Related Issues
Media & the Arts
Parent/Family Involvement, Support & Respite
Self-determination & Self-advocacy
Surveillance and Epidemiological Efforts
Systems-level Implementation, Demonstration, and Evaluation
Technology, Assistive Technology & Universal Design
Training and Leadership Development

Review Criteria

Proposals submitted to the AUCD Conference will be judged on a set of criteria and scale by a team of individuals from the AUCD network, including staff from UCEDDs and LENDs, self-advocates and family members, and current or recent network trainees. 

  • Interest to the AUCD Membership, Attendees, and the Disability Field as a Whole: 25 points
  • Effectiveness of Information Delivery: 25 points
  • Connection to the Values of the Network: 25 points
  • Proposal Follows the Guidance Provided, is Clearly Organized, and is Well Written: 25 points