The Call for Proposals Is Now Open


The Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and Providing Autism Links & Supports, Inc. (PALS, Inc.) invite proposals for presentations at the 2019 26th Annual Statewide CARD Conference, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 18-20, 2019, at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center. 1500 Sand Lake Road. Orlando. FL 32809.


On May 30, 2018, CARD will select proposals to build a 3-day program of keynote and breakout sessions that are interactive and comprehensive, focusing on topics of national significance and targeted toward an experienced audience. The best proposals typically highlight the implementation of session content through engaging discussions, real world examples, new perspectives or various points of view, new technologies/innovations, and/or interactive manipulatives. CARD attendees consist of Educators/Administrators/Clinicians/Business owners/SLPs/Behavior Analysts/Occupational Therapists/Physicians/Parents/Adults with ASD and a variety of other professional community members. 

Presentations range from 75 to 90 minutes in length. Presenters may be asked to repeat their presentation.  

Proposal Format:  To be considered for acceptance, proposals must include the following: 

  • Presentation Title:  10-word maximum
  • Content Track:
    • Options:

·         Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities/Early Intervention (targeted toward newly involved families and early intervention professionals)

o   Nature of autism, early signs, diagnosis and treatment

o   Getting started – IEP development, early intervention

o   Basics of instruction and intervention

·         Educational Strategies

o   Social skills and inclusion strategies and issues

o   Communication programming

o   Curriculum and classroom issues

o   Models of instruction and delivery

o   Sensory and attention issues

o   Educational Innovations

·         Family Support

o   Practical recommendations for home living, parenting issues

o   Advocacy and education, rights and responsibilities

o   Family relationships, sibling issues

o   Community supports, leisure activities, quality of life

·         Specialized Populations

o   Asperger Syndromeeducation, social interventions

o   Deaf-blindness – education, inclusion

o   Adult/Transition-employment, residential options, self-determination, personal perspectives

·         Advanced Topics

o   Research and clinical results

o   Medical and genetic aspects

o   Other topics as appropriate



  • Presenter Information: ALL ITEMS MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EACH PRESENTER and a copy of each presenter’s vita (6 page maximum) forwarded with worksheet. If you do not have a curriculum vita, a resume is acceptable.
  • Conference Program Description:  A 50-100 word description for the Conference Program. 
  • Learning Objectives/Outcomes:  This section should provide three (3) learning objectives and outcomes for the presentation, and sufficient information to determine how the session contributes to best practices and advances in the field of autism spectrum disorders or dual sensory impairments. (Speakers may be asked to submit additional presentation materials.)
  • 3 References: Some continuing education disciplines now require 3 APA formatted references for each submitted presentation.  If your presentation is a personal reference presentation, simply write: this is a personal presentation.
  • AV: All rooms will be provided with a:
    • PC laptop
    • Projector
    • Screen  
    • Table for the equipment
    • Microphone if the room size warrants one
  •  If you are a MAC user, please make sure the presentation will play properly on a PC.  Presenters are required to bring presentations on CD or flash-drive and a back-up is suggested.  If your presentation has video please make sure the clips are downloaded on the flash drive with the presentation (if this is not done your video input will not play on another computer).  If you are not sure how to do this or have not done it before, please contact our office for assistance 407-823-6020.  

REVIEW PROCESS:  All proposals will be acknowledged as received. A panel will review proposals.  Proposals selected will provide balanced content and broad geographic representation.  For 2019, emphasis will be on advanced topics. All accepted submissions will be notified by June 29, 2018.  Submitting a proposal represents a commitment to attend and present, if accepted.   


Note: Deadline to submit proposals: Must be submitted/received or emailed by May 30, 2018(5pm) to: 


Mail: Call for Papers


P. O. Box 781458

Orlando, FL  32878-1458



Subject Line: CFP CARD 2019                                                                                    


Electronic submission is preferred and must be in by May 30, 2018 5pm   


Proposals that are received after May 30, 2018 (5pm), the submission deadline, or do not provide the requested information, will not be considered for the program.


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