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Posting Materials Online and Submitting E-Posters

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Deadline: November 2

The AUCD Conference will have over 600 attendees viewing over hundreds of presentations on all things disability.  We are thrilled to have so many Directors, Faculty, Staff, Trainees, and Self-Advocates and Friends from the network and partner organizations with us in DC, however we don't want to limit the sharing and knowledge to just those individuals. Many more people are anxious to learn from what will be presented at the conference.

We ask you to continue dissemination of your research and projects by posting your handouts, materials, and/or slides from the conference on the AUCD website using the instructions below.  If you run into trouble, please contact Oksana who will help get your materials up for everyone to view.

  1. Step 1 Visit the 2015 Conference Proposal form. Find the login box at the top right and enter your username and password.
    There are two ways to find your username and password:
    1.  When you submitted your proposal for the Conference, you received an email confirming your submission. That email contained your username and password to login into the system.
    2.  You can also select the "don't know your password?" link, which will take you to the "Remind Me" form. You must enter the email address which was used by the person who submitted the proposal. Watch your inbox for a reminder email containing your username and password.
  2. Step 2: Log in. Look in the top right corner of the page for a box titled "Previous Registrations" to see a list of previous events you have registered for using the AUCD website.
  3. Step 3: Select "2015 Call for Papers." You will be taken to a page showing a confirmation and summary of your original submission.  (If you submitted more than one proposal, you'll see a list; select the submission you'd like to work on first.)
  4. Step 4: Find the form to upload your presentation and any related materials.  Browse your computer to find the files; you can upload multiple files at a time: another line will automatically appear to accept the next document.  Title your document so others can understand it.  Select "upload."  NOTE: you cannot upload excel or JPG files.
  5. Step 5: Confirm you have uploaded the correct documents, and select "Submit to AUCD."  The screen will refresh with a message, "Thank you, your information has been saved" and you will receive an email confirmation as well.

Questions?  Email Oksana or Crystal.


Print and Ship Your Poster at a Discount!

Let print your poster and ship it to the hotel! They're offering a special 10% discount on poster printing for the AUCD Conference to help save you hassle and money.

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The AUCD conference begins in a few short days, so it's time to finish up your poster! Simply enter AUCD15 in the referral code box at checkout or use this link to automatically load the discount. All posters ordered through and shipped to the hotel will be held at the warehouse and shipped together on approximately November 8, so they arrive at the hotel when you do.


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.


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 abstract 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.


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. 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.


Poster Session

Poster submissions will be asked to present either in a topically focused poster symposium event on Monday morning or in a general poster reception on Monday evening, at the discretion of the proposal review committee. All posters are subject to a $60 fee to cover rental and installation of the actual poster board.


Poster Symposia

photo: poster presentation to a groupPoster Symposia will be held on Monday morning in which 8-15 posters on similar themes are grouped in a room together. Each symposium will last for 75 minutes, and then repeat for another 75 minutes after a 15 minute break, thereby allowing participants to attend more than one symposium. Posters will be displayed and participants will have an opportunity to discuss the findings with the guidance of a moderator. Presenters accepted in this format are expected to create and hang a poster (not larger than 4' tall by 8' wide), accompany their poster and discuss it with symposium attendees, and remove the poster at the conclusion of the event. Electronic versions of posters, in PowerPoint or PDF format, are required and will be posted on the AUCD Conference website both before and after the conference.


Poster Reception

photo: presenter describing his posterThe Poster Reception is a two-hour session on Monday evening. The forty to sixty presenters accepted in this format will create and hang a poster (not larger than 4' tall by 8' wide) prior to the poster session, accompany their poster and discuss it with interested attendees during the poster session, and remove the poster at the conclusion of the event. Electronic versions of posters, in PowerPoint or PDF format, are required and will be posted on the AUCD Conference website both before and after the conference.


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'. See above for a discounted online printing option.
  • 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 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