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Call for Papers 

The AACcessible board invites you to be a part of The AAC Academy,  a collaboration with the global AAC community to offer a wide array of practical and evidence-based online learning opportunities that draw on our mission to empower professionals, children, and families on their AAC journeys through awareness, advocacy, education, and action. AAC professionals across disciplines  and seasoned AAC users or partners are welcome to submit proposals to present a live or recorded webinar or webinar series through this seasonal Call for Papers.  Contribute your knowledge and expertise to improve AAC-related service delivery and the non-profit mission of AACcessible Foundation!  Learn more about our mission, vision, and values  here.  

The AAC Academy offers live and on-demand webinars through the robust and interactive Lenworlds platform.  Within this Call for Papers document, you will find full proposal details and are encouraged to review all information before submitting a proposal.  If you have any questions, please email info@aaccessible.org.

Call for Papers Schedule

The Summer 2021Call for Papers opens on May 14, 2021 and closes on July 14, 2021.  Notifications of acceptance/non-acceptance will be sent to all contributors via email no later than August 1, 2021.  Upon acceptance, authors will be contacted via email  to organize presentation timelines for live and recorded courses.  Generally, proposals that are accepted during this Summer round of submissions would be slated to “air” live or on-demand during Fall 2021.  

 

Topic Areas

Educational programming at The AAC Academy covers a wide variety of topics relevant to supporting communicators with complexities, AAC, and assistive technology. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Seating and positioning for AAC and learning access

  • Literacy instruction for complex communicators

  • Supporting engagement and communication skill development in children with Autism

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and education in AAC and AT

  • Early intervention in AAC

  • Supporting communicators with visual impairment

  • Supporting communication partners

  • Integrating AAC strategies at home

  • Supervising pre-service professionals (e.g., clinical fellows, graduate students)  as they acquire AAC skills 

  • Implementing AAC virtually

Proposal Submission Checklist

To submit a proposal for a live or pre-recorded webinar or webinar series, follow the steps below:

Step 1:   Review the Submission Overview & Guidelines
Step 2:   Complete the Submission Form
  • Webinar or Webinar Series Details

    • Primary Instructor

    • Requested Session  Format

    • Target Audience

    • Instruction Level

    • Title(s)

    • Session Description

    • Abstract

    • Learner Outcomes

    • Research References

    • Syllabus

  • Attest & Agree to Contributor & Disclosure Policies

  • Complete Disclosure form for Each Instructor

Submission Overview & Guidelines

Contributors interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to read the following proposal process and guidelines completely before starting the submission process.  All submissions must be complete to be considered.  Complete submissions include all required documents and information outlined in the following sections of this document.  The proposal process and guidelines section outlines the submission process, defines terms, and provides explanations of information required to submit a proposal.

Contributor Agreement and Disclosure Policy

Before submitting your proposal to the Call for Papers, it is extremely important that you read, understand, and agree to follow the principles, guidelines, and procedures outlined in the Contributor Agreement and Disclosure Policy

 

Editorial Board & Peer Reviewers

All proposals will be reviewed by the AACcessible Editorial Board.  The Editorial Board is composed of the Professional Development Director,  two lead editors and at least two  peer reviewers.  This board invites speakers, reviews proposal submissions to the Call for Papers, and helps select the most informative and evidence-based content to include in The AAC Academy.  AACcessible’s acceptance of a proposal does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

Call for Editorial Board Members and Peer Reviewers

AACcessible is currently seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to share responsibility for the development and management of the education program for The AAC Academy. If you are a  licensed and certified professional with knowledge and skills in evidence-based practices in the fields of augmentative and alternative communication and/or assistive technology, we would love to have you join our editorial board as a Lead Editor or Peer Reviewer.  You can read more about the Call for Reviewers here.  Applications are rolling with no hard deadlines for interested candidates at this time.  

 

Contributor Agreement

By submitting a proposal to contribute a live or recorded webinar or webinar series to The AAC Academy, you explicitly agree:

  • If accepted, to adhere to the deadlines as detailed in the acceptance notification regarding additional information that is required, such as webinar materials, media, etc.

  • To provide appropriate evidence to support any claims related to efficacy, validity, or reliability of approaches to assessment, treatment, coaching, or instruction.

  • To offer evidence-based content in a manner that does not ridicule, defame or demoralize individuals or groups.

  • To complete, by the stated deadline, the required disclosures that identify any financial or nonfinancial relationship that may create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, as defined in AACcessible’s guidelines concerning transparency and disclosure.

  • To update your disclosure information and inform AACcessible if you develop or acquire a financial or nonfinancial interest related to the content of your presentation at any time before the “air” date of your webinar.

  • That any research in which you participated and may be discussing in this presentation is in compliance with mandated national and institutional policies and procedures pertaining to animal and/or human subjects research.

  • To comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, to ensure the privacy of patients/clients/students/families by refraining from using names, photographs, or other patient/client identifiers in your webinar(s) without the patient's/client's/student’s/family’s knowledge and written authorization.

  • To follow the guidelines for crediting authorship for research presentations as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

  • That no part of the Webinar or Materials (e.g. Powerpoint, handouts) infringes upon any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.

  • If any part of my Webinar or Materials involve the performance or reproduction of any pre-existing work, that I am the owner of the copyright, or have obtained permission.

  • That the Webinar and Materials will contain nothing libelous, injurious or untrue; AACcessible may host the webinar(s) and any related materials, solely in connection with AACcessible AAC Academy and its promotion.

  • I grant to AACcessible a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive royalty free license for AACcessible AAC Academy to use and host the Webinar(s) and Materials, solely in relation with AACcessible AAC Academy.

  • That I have full power and authority, free of any rights of any nature whatsoever by any person, to enter into this Agreement and to grant the license to AACcessible in this Agreement.

  • That I shall indemnify and hold harmless AACcessible and its agents, board members, employees, affiliates, successors, assignees and licensees from and against any claim, damage, liability, expense or loss, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs associated therewith, or with the enforcement of this indemnity, arising from any claim asserted against AACcessible by any person or entity, arising from my actual or alleged breach of any of their representations and warranties in this Agreement or arising from the Webinar or Materials.

Please note that your contributor agreement outlines that all live webinars will be recorded for on-demand distribution within AACcessible AAC Academy for the timelines outlined in your agreement.  Likewise, all pre-recorded webinars will be retained and used for on-demand distribution within AACcessible AAC Academy for the timelines outlined in your agreement.

Disclosure Policy

 

All contributors submitting a proposal for a webinar or webinar series are required to complete a disclosure form indicating any financial or nonfinancial relationship related to the content of the proposed webinar. This disclosure form is provided in the last section of the Call for Papers Submission form.   The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)  requires full disclosure of financial and non-financial relationships for professionals seeking certification maintenance through ASHA continuing education units (CEU’s).  Full disclosure details and requirements are outlined below, adapted directly from ASHA.  

Completion of the disclosure form is necessary for all ASHA continuing education providers to meet the ASHA Continuing Education Board’s Requirement 3: Transparency in Course Planning, Delivery, and Marketing. This requirement promotes transparency in the design, development, and presentation of courses offered for ASHA CEUs, and aligns ASHA practices with current practices among other professions, particularly in the continuing medical education arena.

ASHA's Continuing Education Board defines a conflict of interest as any financial or nonfinancial consideration or relationship relevant to course content that compromises or has the potential to compromise professional judgment. Providers of events offered for ASHA CEUs

must identify and disclose to participants any such interest on the part of any speaker or instructor. 

Examples of relevant and disclosable financial relationships may include:

  • Being an employee of, or a paid consultant to, an organization whose product or service you discuss in your presentation

  • Receiving grant funds for a research project you discuss in your presentation

  • Receiving royalties from the sale of a book whose content you discuss in your presentation

  • Patent holder

  • Ownership interest (stocks, stock options, or other ownership interests)

Examples of relevant and disclosable nonfinancial relationships may include:

  • Serving as a formal advisor to a review panel

  • Sitting on the board of an organization whose product or service you discuss in your presentation

  • Receiving an award or honor from an organization whose product or service you discuss in your presentation

Please note that having a disclosable financial or nonfinancial relationship does not prevent you from contributing. Disclosing such relationships is intended to give webinar attendees a more complete context in which to consider the information you provide. As a general guideline, err on the side of disclosure.

If your proposal is accepted, your disclosure(s) will be included with the author information related to each webinar listed on AACcessible AAC Academy online marketing materials. Note that for financial relationships, dollar amounts are not disclosed.

In addition, you will be expected to disclose relevant relationships at the time of your webinar, verbally and visually.  AACcessible will provide additional guidelines for “live” disclosures after acceptance.

 

Proposal Guidelines

The following guidelines walk you through each section of the Submission Form and discuss the supporting documents that must be submitted with your form.  

Session Format

You must request one of the following session formats:

  • 1-Hour Live Webinar with On-Demand Access to Follow

  • 1-Hour Pre-Recorded Webinar with On-Demand Access

  • 2-Hour Live Webinar with On-Demand Access to Follow

  • 2-Hour Pre-Recorded Webinar with On-Demand Access

  • Live Webinar Series (at least two webinars on the same topic of at least one hour each) with On-Demand Access to Follow

  • Pre-Recorded Webinar Series (at least two webinars on the same topic of at least one hour each) with On-Demand Access

Please note that your contributor agreement outlines that all live webinars will be recorded for on-demand distribution within AACcessible AAC Academy for the timelines outlined in your agreement.  Likewise, all pre-recorded webinars will be retained and used for on-demand distribution within AACcessible AAC Academy for the timelines outlined in your agreement.

The Editorial Board will review all submissions and consider all format requests. There is no guarantee, however, that your submission will be accepted in the format you request.

Title(s)

Enter the title of your proposal, not to exceed 15 words, using title case. Do not use all caps or unnecessary punctuation, such as quotation marks around the title or a period at the end.

For webinar series, please include an overall title for the series, as well as subtitles for each part of the series.  

Audience

Outline the intended audience(s) for your webinar, such as speech-language pathologists, communication partners, occupational therapists, special educators etc.  You may check all that apply in the submission form and add any that have been missed under “Other”.

  • Students

  • Public/Consumers

  • Researchers

  • Related Professionals (e.g., TVI, BCBA, RBT)

  • Assistants   (SLPA's, paraeducators, COTA's, etc...)

  • Early Career Professionals (under 5 years experience)

  • Speech-language pathologists (SLP’s)

  • Occupational therapists (OT’s)

  • Families/Caregivers

  • Special educators

Instructional Level

For webinars geared to a professional audience, indicate whether the instructional level of your proposed webinar is introductory, intermediate, or advanced.

Introductory Level:

Instruction at the Introductory Level is generally intended for students or professionals with novice experience in the content area. This type of content presents a basic overview of fundamental concepts or skills in the topic area and may be suggested to precede other courses at more advanced levels.  The pace of an introductory course lends itself to the learning needs of an individual with little to no familiarity on the topic.

  

Intermediate Level: 

Instruction at the Intermediate Level assumes some familiarity with the basic literature as well as some experience in professional practice within the area covered and targets more experienced professionals. The pace may be more complex and the topic content presented goes deeper into the topic area to build on a foundational skill set.  

Advanced Level:

 Instruction at the Advanced Level assumes the participant already has established experience, knowledge, and skill within the area covered. Content presented at this level will be more intensive in density and pace with higher levels of clinical application and reasoning required.  

Abstract 

You must include an abstract relevant to your target audience. Abstracts should not exceed 1,000 words and will be used by the Editorial Board, along with your learner outcomes,  to review your proposal for candidacy.   Choose from the following based on your main target audience:  

 

Professional Education

Professional Education proposals should present innovative approaches to service delivery, new and emerging clinical methodology or techniques, and/or programming or discussion and debate regarding professional issues related to a Topic Area. They may present data or provide new evidence relevant to topics/issues previously presented in textbooks, research literature, professional conferences, or other dissemination outlets. They are submitted for originality, relevant contemporary impact, or continued appeal to a significant number of attendees. The quantity of information presented is appropriate to the proposed length of the session.

Professional Education proposals are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Strength of theoretical/scientific or professional rationale supporting the proposal

  • Originality of proposal

  • Relevance to contemporary issues in the profession

  • Suitability of the amount of information to be presented to the proposed session length

  • Clarity of goals

  • Overall clarity of proposal

  • Balance of theoretical and practical components to allow attendees to walk away with a firm skill set.  

Partner Education

Partner Education proposals are aimed at an audience of caregivers and communication partners.  These proposals  should present practical, family-centered approaches to service delivery. They may present data to support these approaches and may build on partner topics previously presented.   They are submitted for originality, relevant contemporary impact, or continued appeal to a significant number of attendees. The quantity of information presented is appropriate to the proposed length of the session.

Partner Education proposals are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Strength of theoretical/scientific or professional rationale supporting the proposal

  • Originality of proposal

  • Relevance to contemporary issues in the profession

  • Suitability of the amount of information to be presented to the proposed session length

  • Clarity of goals

  • Overall clarity of proposal

  • Balance of theoretical and practical components to allow attendees to walk away with a firm skill set.  

  • Appropriateness of presentation content and style to a practical, family-centered focus.

Learner Outcomes

Learner outcomes are mandatory for all proposals and are an important piece of the review process. If the proposal is accepted for presentation, these objectives are published on course and marketing materials.   Learner outcomes describe what participants will be able to do as a result of attending the webinar and must be stated as observable behaviors that complete the sentence "Participants will be able to...".

Examples of observable and measurable learner outcomes include:

  • Participants will be able to identify three strategies to assess the current communication skills of non-speaking individuals.

  • Participants will be able to describe five essential areas to assess in AAC assessment.  

  • Participants will be able to identify at least two resources to assist in treatment planning for preschool children learning communication skills through AAC.  

Learner outcomes that indicate that an attendee will learn, understand, or know something are not measurable and will need revision to be accepted.  You will be asked to submit three learner outcomes for each webinar.  If you submit a proposal for a webinar series, you will need at least three learner outcomes for each webinar in the series.  

 

Session Description

This brief description of your proposal, in 120 words or fewer, will be published (if accepted) on course marketing materials. It should provide information about your webinar or series and be enticing and engaging to encourage attendees to join.  

References

You are required to provide at least three reference citations that support the evidence-based nature of your proposal.   The Editorial Board will consider your references as part of the proposal review. References are not published on marketing materials.  You may include additional references in your session materials.  

Syllabus

You are encouraged to include for reviewers a time-ordered syllabus in support of your request for your desired session format.  This syllabus should include a time-ordered agenda, as well as any readings and activities/assignments to be included in your webinar or series.  This will help the Editorial Board gain additional information about your course and how you will use the time requested.  

Example of course timeline (for a 1-hour live or pre-recorded session)

  • 5 minutes—Introductions and Disclosures

  • 15 minutes—Overview and Background

  • 25 minutes—Case Study Small Group Discussion

  • 10 minutes—Information Sharing From Small Group Discussions

  • 5 minutes—Conclusion and Wrap-Up

Example of course timeline (for a two-part webinar series)

  • Part 1:  Assessment of Communication and Access (2 Hours)

    • 5 minutes—Introductions and Disclosures

    • 20  minutes—Overview and Background

    • 30 minutes -- Assessment Areas and Strategies

    • 30 minutes -- Case Study Review Activity

    • 20  minutes—Conclusion and Wrap-Up

    • 15 minutes --Questions

  • Part 1:  The Feature Matching Process  (2 Hours)

    • 5 minutes—Introductions and Disclosures

    • 20  minutes—Overview and Background

    • 30 minutes -- AAC System Features

    • 30 minutes -- Case Study Activity

    • 20  minutes—Conclusion and Wrap-Up

    • 15 minutes --Questions

Following Submission

After your submission, you will receive a copy of your form responses at the email you provided.  You will be contacted by an AACcessible representative via email by the deadline outlined in the Call for Papers Schedule above.  Inquiries should be directed to info@aaccessible.org

 
 
 
 
 

Proposal Submission Form

Once you have read all of the guidelines, you can submit your proposal using this embedded form or link directly to the Google Form here.  Once you submit your form, you will be sent a confirmation email with your information and will be able to use that link to make changes to your submission before the deadline.  

 

Call for Reviewers

The AAC Academy offers ongoing learning opportunities with a seasonal Call for Papers (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).  During this seasonal Call for Papers, AACcessible is in need of volunteers to serve as lead editors and peer reviewers. Each proposal submitted to the Call for Papers will be reviewed by one Lead Editor and two Peer Reviewers.  The overall purpose of proposal review is to ensure the provision of evidence-based, quality learning content on The AAC Academy.  The details of the Lead Editor position  and Peer Reviewer positioned  are outlined below.  

 

Lead Editor Term & Responsibilities

  • Serve for at least 6 months, supporting two proposal submission cycles once onboard.

  • Assist the Professional Development Director and other board members in identifying and inviting Peer Reviewers  to assist in proposal review.

  • Support and encourage Peer Reviewers through  training and orientation to  review strategies.  Maintain frequent and thorough communication with reviewers throughout the proposal cycle.  

  • Coordinate the submission of invited/special sessions with the Professional Development Director and other designated board members.

  • Supervise and manage the review process and acceptance of proposals according to the established procedures and timeline; review learning program for overlapping or conflicting sessions during finalization meeting held at the end of each proposal cycle. 

Skills or Traits for This Role
  • AAC professional with education, training, and scope of competence in the field.

  • A firm grasp on the current research in the fields of AAC/AT. 

  • Positive attitude with a desire to work with others to benefit the AAC community.

  • Administrative, time management, and organizational skills, detail-oriented

  • Creative approach to considering new continuing education formats and methodologies.

  • Reliable access to email and Google Drive.

  • Ability to commit to the time demand outlined above (term of at least 6 months).

  • Leadership skills to guide Peer Reviewers during the review process.  

Application & Selection Process
  • Interested applicants should complete the Editorial Board Application Form and include their Resume or CV. 

  • The AACcessible Board will meet to discuss all applicants and selected candidates will be notified via email with an invitation to join the board.

Reimbursement for Service

AACcessible and The AAC Academy are a non-profit entity that thrives on charitable donations and volunteers.  Selected candidates will be considered volunteers for the organization and will receive a complimentary membership to The AAC Academy for the duration of their service.  

Deadline

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  

 
 

Peer Reviewer Term & Responsibilities

  • Join a reviewer “pool” where you will be asked to participate in proposal reviews as you are able.  

  • Work with Lead Editors to review seasonal proposals, up to 5 per season.

  • Complete the review document for each proposal reviewed and submit completed document to the  Lead Editor by the deadline provided.   

Skills or Traits for This Role
  • AAC professional with education, training, and scope of competence in the field.

  • A firm grasp on the current research in the fields of AAC/AT. 

  • Positive attitude with a desire to work with others to benefit the AAC community.

  • Administrative, time management, and organizational skills, detail-oriented

  • Reliable access to email and Google Drive.

Application & Selection Process
  • Interested applicants should complete the Editorial Board Application Form and include their Resume or CV. 

  • The AACcessible Board will meet to discuss all applicants and selected candidates will be notified via email with an invitation to join the board.

Reimbursement for Service

AACcessible and The AAC Academy are a non-profit entity that thrives on charitable donations and volunteers.  Selected candidates will be considered volunteers for the organization and will receive a discount code to be applied to services and products on the AACcessible site.  

Deadline

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.