Call for Participation

Call for Participation 2018-03-15T14:15:40+00:00

Submission Deadline: 2:00 pm Central Daylight Time, Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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There’s Something Special About Closing The Gap

Recognized for being more than just a conference, it’s a network of invaluable resources –teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents, end users and manufacturers – all emphatically working together to change lives with assistive technology. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in unique presentations and engaging learning experiences. They will see first-hand, the latest AT technologies, and will return home with a deeper understanding of how AT is creating new opportunities for teaching and learning.


Current Trends and Topics

Topics will cover a broad spectrum of technology as it is being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation and independent living. People with disabilities, special educators, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, service/care providers, personnel managers, government officials and hardware/software developers will share their experiences and insights at what has become known as the best educational AT conference in North America. 

Share Your Expertise

Groups or individuals who wish to participate in Closing The Gap’s 2018 Conference should submit their proposals for one-hour and multiple-hour presentations as soon as possible. Directions and information are found below. 

Presentation Proposals

Closing The Gap will consider proposals for one-hour or multiple-hour sessions that describe and/or demonstrate successful applications of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. 

Proposals are invited that report results of current applications; research; development of hardware, software or adaptive devices; model programs or procedures used by and for persons with disabilities. 

Proposals for sessions that demonstrate the use of software programs, mobile apps, adaptive devices or the innovative use of assistive technology are highly encouraged – especially specific how-tos, tips and tricks and product comparisons. 

Proposals should focus on practical applications, implementation strategies and best practices, rather than theoretical discourse. 

Proposal content should be supported by evidence and should include quantitative performance data. 

Proposals for open forums in which participants discuss, comment openly and share ideas and opinions relevant to a primary subject or focus are also encouraged.

Because the median assistive technology sophistication level of Closing The Gap Conference participants advances each year, Closing The Gap encourages proposals for sessions directed at persons who are actively using assistive technology in education, rehabilitation, vocation or independent living – typically intermediate to advanced level users. 

Closing The Gap recognizes the continued need for introductory activities as well, and will select a range of proposals that meets needs across the assistive technology experience continuum and facilitates a balanced interchange between special educators and rehabilitation professionals.


Confirmation of presentation proposal acceptance/declination, and confirmation of specific date and time of accepted presentation will be sent by July 15, 2018.

In offering to present a paper, it is expressly understood that the presentation may be scheduled at any time on any of the conference days at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Presenters will be expected to provide all handouts at the conference. In addition, handouts must be made available to Closing The Gap for posting on Closing The Gap’s website. Failure to adequately supply handouts, both on-site and Web, will result in nonconsideration of future proposals.

Selected manuscripts submitted by conference presenters will be published in Closing The Gap Solutions. Guidelines for submitting materials for these proceedings will be sent upon confirmation of presentation acceptance.


Proposal Form

1 hour2½ hours
demonstrationlecturemake-it, take-itnetworking session / discussionhands-on workshop (Closing The Gap-provided iPad lab)hands-on workshop (participant-provided devices)

Equipment and Audio / Visual:

Standard equipment in each presentation room:

  • audio / video projector and screen
  • Internet connection
  • two wireless microphones

Regarding video projection, please list the devices you'd like to project (e.g., iPad, iPhone, laptop, etc.).

Note, presenters are required to bring the appropriate video adapter(s) to connect to the video projection system.

Have equipment or technical questions? Email Tech Director Jeff Steinborn <>

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