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California, Pennsylvania

 

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Anyone who’s read through all this stuff before in previous years,
please note there is one additional advisory about linguistic
accessibility. Other than that new point, if you already know what
kinds of presentations Autreat wants, you can skip right to the form
to fill in.

 

Autreat is a retreat-style conference run by Autism Network
International (http://www.ani.ac), for autistic people and our
families, friends, supporters, and interested professionals. We are
accepting presentation proposals for Autreat 2013, to be held
Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 2013, in California, Pennsylvania
(approximately 35 miles south of Pittsburgh).

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: May 1, 2013

 

FOR HELP PREPARING A PROPOSAL:

 

If you want to submit a proposal but you have trouble reading these
instructions and putting your proposal in the requested format,
contact proposals2013@autreat.com (proposals2013 -at- autreat.com) for
help. Please send only plain text messages, with no attachments.

 

WHAT KINDS OF WORKSHOPS ARE WANTED AT AUTREAT?

 

Autreat is very different from typical autism conferences:

 

WHEN PREPARING A PROPOSAL FOR CONSIDERATION, BE AWARE THAT THE
*PRIMARY* AUDIENCE AT AUTREAT IS AUTISTIC PEOPLE.

 

Parents and professionals do attend, and most who attend find the
presentations to be of interest, but Autreat is basically autistic
space.

 

Be sure your information is being presented in a manner that is both
helpful to and respectful of autistic people.

 

We expect that you will be speaking *to* us, not speaking to
non-autistic people *about* us.

 

We are interested in presentations, by either autistic or non-autistic
people, about POSITIVE WAYS OF LIVING WITH AUTISM, about functioning
as autistic people in a neurotypical world, and about the disability
movement and its significance for autistic people.

We are interested in educational and informative presentations, not in
sales pitches for a presenter’s products or services. If you are
representing a commercial enterprise and would like a forum to sell
products or services at Autreat, please contact exhibitors (at)
autreat.com for information about attending Autreat as a vendor.

 

We are *not* interested in presentations about how to cure, prevent,
or overcome autism.

 

We do *not* appreciate having non-autistic people come into our space
to talk to each other about how difficult we are to deal with, or how
heroic they are for putting up with us.

 

If your presentation is geared toward the interests of parents or
professionals, it should focus on positive ways of appreciating and
supporting autistic people, not on reinforcing negative attitudes
about autism and autistic people.

 

AUTREAT AIMS TO BE WELCOMING AND RELEVANT TO THE BROADEST POSSIBLE
CROSS-SECTION OF THE AUTISTIC POPULATION.

 

Autreat is attended by autistic people who speak and by autistic
people who do not speak;

 

by autistic people who communicate fluently and by autistic people who
have limited communication;

 

by autistic people who live independently and by autistic people who
need intensive support with daily living;

 

by autistic people who have jobs and by autistic people who live on
disability benefits;

 

by autistic people who are able to present as “socially acceptable”
and by autistic people who require support to help them manage their
behavior;

 

by autistic people who have been labeled “high-functioning” and by
autistic people who have been labeled “low-functioning”-including some
autistic people who have had *both* labels, at different times or
under different circumstances.

 

While it is not expected that any one presentation will be of interest
to each and every autistic person, we do look for presentations that
will appeal to the widest possible audience.

 

We are *not* interested in presentations that reinforce what we
consider to be artificial distinctions between members of our
community who are labeled “low-” vs.”high-functioning.”

 

AUTREAT IS A COMMUNITY GATHERING, NOT AN ACADEMIC OR CLINICAL COLLOQUIUM.

 

Our participants range from people who never finished high school
(occasionally young people who haven’t even started high school choose
to attend presentations) to people with postdoctoral education, some
in fields related to disability and some not.

 

Autreat presentations are expected to be delivered in
conversational-level English, not in specialized jargon. Autreat
proposals are also expected to be written in jargon-free English.

 

If any member of the Autreat Planning Committee finds it necessary to
use a dictionary in order to
understand terms used in your proposal, you will be given 48 hours to
resubmit the proposal in plain English.

 

If your proposal contains academic or clinical jargon that can’t even
be found in a dictionary of standard conversational English, it will
be subject to automatic rejection on the grounds of linguistic
inaccessibility.

 

A NOTE ABOUT “PERSONAL EXPERIENCE” PRESENTATIONS:

 

Be aware that everyone at Autreat either knows what it’s like to be
autistic, or knows what it’s like to care about someone who is
autistic.

 

All of us have our own personal stories. Presentations about the
presenters’ personal stories are not going to generate much interest,
unless you’re able to use your story in a way that will help other
people to share and understand their own experiences in a new way.

 

Your proposal should describe what participants can expect to get out
of your presentation, not just what personal experiences you’re going
to talk about.

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESENTATION TOPICS OF INTEREST

 

Please review the ANI web site (http://www.ani.ac) and the past
Autreat brochures (http://www.autreat.com/past-workshops.htm) to make
sure you understand ANI’s philosophy and what Autreat is about.

 

If you have never attended Autreat before, you may wish to consider
attending first, before submitting a proposal to give a presentation.
In our experience, presentations usually get more positive feedback
when presenters have some familiarity with Autreat and its
participants before they give presentations there. Active
participation in ANI’s online community, and attendance at other
self-advocacy events run by and for autistic people, are other good
ways to get a feel for how Autreat is different from typical autism
conferences. If you wish to submit a proposal and you’ve never been to
Autreat before, please give us as much information as possible about
your past experience with other autistic-run activities and events.

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PRESENTERS?

 

If you submit a proposal, we expect you to be available to attend
Autreat if we accept your proposal, and to give your presentation on
the day and time scheduled. We make every effort to accommodate
presenters’ preferences in setting the Autreat schedule, but it is not
always possible to give every presenter his or her preferred time
slot.

 

Presenters are expected to send advance copies of any handouts or
slides they plan to use, so that we can prepare alternate format
copies for print-impaired attendees.

 

Presenters are expected to consent for their presentations to be
recorded, and for the recordings to be sold by Autism Network
International.

 

Presenters are invited to attend all of Autreat. If presenters opt not
to attend the entire event, they are expected to arrive on-site by
8:30 a.m. for afternoon presentations, and to arrive the night before
for morning presentations.

 

Please be prepared to meet these expectations if you decide to submit
a proposal.

 

Presenters are also encouraged to submit an article on their topic for
inclusion in the program book. Like handouts and visual aids, articles
need to be submitted in a timely manner so we can prepare copies in
alternate formats.

 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE PRESENTERS?

 

Individual Autreat presenters receive free registration for Autreat,
including on-site meals and lodging in a shared (2-person) room. (A
private room may be available at the presenter’s own expense.) This
free registration is for the presenter *only*, not for a presenter’s
family members or support staff.

 

In the case of panel presentations consisting of three or more
presenters, we offer one complete four-day Autreat registration, plus
a single-day registration (including three meals and one overnight, if
desired) for each additional panelist. Therefore, a panel of X
presenters is entitled to a total of 4+(X-1) free days/overnights.
Panelists may divide these free days amongst their members as they
wish. Panel presenters are of course welcome to register and stay for
additional days if they wish.

 

ANI is a volunteer-run, member-supported grassroots organization with
minimal funding. We cannot reimburse for off-site expenses, nor can we
pay travel expenses or honoraria. If your proposal is accepted, we
will send you a formal letter of invitation if this would help you in
raising your own travel funds.

 

Presenters are entitled to receive one free copy of the recording of
their presentations.

 

PROPOSALS SHOULD INCLUDE:

 

*Your name and title (if any) exactly as you want them listed in
program materials should your proposal be accepted

 

*Contact information (address, phone, fax and/or email if you have them)

 

*Title of your proposed presentation

 

*Detailed description for consideration by the Planning Committee

 

*Brief (5 sentences or less) abstract exactly as you want it listed
in program materials should your proposal be accepted

 

*Indicate ONE theme that BEST relates to your proposed presentation:

 

[ ] Advocacy skills
[ ] Life skills/adaptive strategies
[ ] Helpful support services
[ ] Communication
[ ] Social/interpersonal issues
[ ] Personal/self-awareness/self-development issues
[ ] Autistic community and culture
[ ] Education
[ ] Employment
[ ] Family issues
[ ] Residential issues
[ ] Disability rights and politics
[ ] Autism research and theory
[ ] Other (describe):

 

*Indicate which group(s) you believe would find your proposed
presentation of interest. Check as many as apply. Briefly describe
what your presentation would offer to each group:

 

[ ] Autistic adults
[ ] Autistic teenagers
[ ] Family members of autistic people
[ ] Educators
[ ] Clinicians
[ ] Service providers
[ ] Other (specify):

 

* Brief (5 sentences or less) presenter bio exactly as you want it
listed in program materials should your proposal be accepted

 

*Any audiovisual equipment you would need for your presentation

 

If you have never presented at Autreat before, please also include an
introduction for the Planning Committee summarizing your relevant
experience, including any presentations or other education/advocacy
activities elsewhere, and the nature of your interest in autism and/or
in general disability issues.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

 

Proposals can be submitted via email to proposals2013@autreat.com
(proposals2013 -at- autreat.com), or submitted online at
http://www.ani.ac/aut13cfp.php or sent via postal mail to

 

Autism Network International
P.O. Box 35448
Syracuse NY 13235
USA

 

When your proposal is received via the online form, you will be sent a
brief acknowledgment confirming that we have received your proposal.
If you have not received this confirmation within 48 hours of
submitting your proposal, then we may not have received your proposal!
If you haven’t received confirmation within 48 hours, please write to
proposals2013@autreat.com (proposals2013 -at- autreat.com) and let us
know. Please save a copy of your proposal, so you can resend it if
necessary.

 

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO PRESENT, BUT I HAVE AN IDEA FOR A PRESENTATION
I’D LIKE TO SEE?

 

If you want to make suggestions for Autreat presentations, or make
comments about previous presentations or presenters, please fill out
the questionnaire available at http://www.ani.ac/autplan2.php .

 

WHAT IF I WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AUTREAT?

 

You can find a lot of general information, including a link to join
the Autreat Information mailing list, at http://www.autreat.com . If
you have specific questions and can’t find the answers on the web
page, you may send email to info (at) autreat.com.



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