Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Conference

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Preconference: September 30 – October 1, 2019 (Monday & Tuesday)
Preconference workshops are day-long workshops held 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Conference: October 2 – 4, 2019 (Wednesday – Friday)
The Conference is a three-day event that includes over 175, one-hour and two-hour, presentations and an extensive exhibition hall.

Visit our Conference Schedule page for more details.

Mystic Lake Center, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, Minnesota is the official hotel of the conference. All conference activities are held at this hotel located just 30 minutes south west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Learn more about Hotel and Travel.

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 most significant networking experience of the year — the annual Closing The Gap Conference.

The complete event includes two days (September 30 – October 1, 2019) of day-long preconference workshops followed by three days (October 2 – 4, 2019) of one-hour and two-hour presentations, along with many commercial exhibitors.

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • AT Consultants
  • Technology Specialists
  • Consumers
  • Parents
  • Students
  • ANYONE interested in finding practical and readily available AT solutions for ALL disabilities, mild to significant, infant through adult.

Over the years, the annual Closing The Gap Conference has become known as the best educational AT conference in North America. Through shared best practices and research, networking, training, hands-on opportunities and an expansive exhibit hall, participants have found information, strategies and products that have proven beneficial and, oftentimes, unsurpassed for use in their work and in their lives.

Participants will have numerous and unique opportunities to learn, first-hand, from experts in the field. They can network, ask questions, and experience the latest AT products and strategies that best meet their specific needs. 

Participants can also earn academic credit and CEUs.

In the end, participants will return home with creative ideas, renewed enthusiasm, and a greatly enhanced skill set that will help them easily, effectively and immediately implement that of which was gained through their conference experience.

Yes, Closing The Gap and RESNA have partnered to offer the 2-day ATP Fundamental course at the Closing The Gap conference.

  • 2-day ATP Fundamentals Course – Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm each day.

Led by a RESNA authorized instructor and current ATP, this two-day training provides a comprehensive review of assistive technology concepts and industry best practices, covering the 5 domains of the ATP Body of Knowledge (ATBOK). The course will help candidates review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and help identify areas they need to study for the ATP exam. 

Learn more about course fees.

A $25 “return” discount is available to ANY past conference registrant and must be used by June 30, 2019. This discount can be used for any preconference workshop OR conference registration. If registering online, you will be required to enter and apply code RETURN at checkout. Limit one discount code per order.

Numerous commercial passenger airlines service the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Conference goers are encouraged to choose the airline that best meets their needs and budget. For detailed airport information, please visit www.mspairport.com

For those interested in flying Delta, Closing The Gap has arranged for them to offer discounted conference rates. Reservations/ticketing is available via www.delta.com or by calling Delta at 800-328-1111, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Central Daylight Time (US and Canada only), referencing Meeting Event Code NMSSQ. A Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone. When booking online, enter Meeting Event Code NMSSQ in the box provided on the Book A Trip page.

We have arranged for discounted rates at the conference site hotel.

Closing The Gap has tried to make it easier for parents / individuals with disabilities to attend by offering a discounted parent / individuals with disabilities registration rate of $310 and by offering conference scholarships.

A limited number of scholarships are available for persons with disabilities or parents/guardians of children with disabilities. These scholarships cover registration fees for the conference only (Wednesday- Friday), and do not cover preconference workshops, food, lodging, or travel. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis and one time only per person. Persons that have previously received a scholarship from Closing The Gap are not eligible.

To apply, complete a conference registration form, indicating your scholarship request. Submit the form and attach a letter describing your/your child’s disability and telling us why you would like to attend the conference, applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or denial. Apply Now

This year, administrators participate free when an additional staff member registers for the conference. When any school district or hospital staff member registers for a preconference workshop or the three-day conference, one administrator (Special Education Director, Principal or Hospital Administrator) from that organization can attend the conference, Wednesday through Friday, and the exhibition preview, Tuesday evening, for FREE! One free registration per district/hospital.

To participate, complete a conference registration form or register online, indicating your request and including the name of the paying staff member. The free administrator application form and the paying staff member registration form must be received or submitted at the same time. Registration confirmation will be sent upon verification. Apply Now

Yes, Solutions member discounts are available for the conference.

Conference Registration Discount
A $50 discount is available to Standard Solutions members. The discount can be used for a standard, 3-day conference registration (Regularly $565) and is IN ADDITION to applicable group discounts. If registering online, you will be required to enter and apply code StandMemConf at checkout. Limit one discount code per order. Membership will be verified. Not applicable to already discounted presenter, exhibitor, student, or parent registration rates.

A $100 discount is available to Premium Solutions members. The discount can be used for a standard, 3-day conference registration (Regularly $565) and is IN ADDITION to applicable group discounts. If registering online, you will be required to enter and apply code PremMemConf at checkout. Limit one discount code per order. Membership will be verified. Not applicable to already discounted presenter, exhibitor, student, or parent registration rates.

Yes, RESNA member benefits are available for the conference and Closing The Gap Solutions Membership.

Conference Registration Discount
A $100 discount is available to RESNA members. The discount can be used for a standard, 3-day conference registration (Regularly $565) and is IN ADDITION to applicable group discounts. If registering online, you will be required to enter and apply code RESNA19 at checkout. Limit one discount code per order. Membership will be verified. Not applicable to already discounted presenter, exhibitor, student, or parent registration rates.

Closing The Gap Solutions Membership Discount
Individual Membership – A $40 discount is available to RESNA members. The discount can be used for a standard, one-year individual Solutions Membership (Regularly $140). If ordering online, you will be required to enter and apply code RES40 at checkout. Limit one discount code per order. Not applicable to already discounted student and parent rates. Membership will be verified.

Group Memberships – A $100 discount is available to RESNA members. The discount can be used for any, one-year group membership, standard or premium:  5 User Group; 10 User Group; 25 User Group; 35 User Group; 50 User Group;.  If ordering online, you will be required to enter and apply code RES100 at checkout.Limit one discount code per order. Membership will be verified. 

Yes, for 2019, all presentation rooms will offer real-time captioning Wednesday through Friday*.  Participants must download the Ava app, available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play Store.

*Preconference workshops, held Monday and Tuesday, are not included.

Yes, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota offers Graduate-level academic credit for various levels of conference attendance.

Visit the Academic Credit and CEUs page for complete details.

Yes, as a co-sponsor, AAC Institute will again provide CEUs for both the conference and pre-conference workshops.

Closing The Gap is an approved ACVREP category 1 RPPLE CE provider, CEs will be offered for qualifying sessions without charge. Preconference workshops are offered for up to 14 CE hours.

Visit the Academic Credit and CEUs page for complete details.

AAC Institute will again provide CEUs for both the conference and preconference workshops. CEUs will be offered for all sessions without charge. CEUs that relate to the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology can be used for ASHA certification maintenance. RESNA accepts IACET CEUs for ATP/ATS credential maintenance. Most state licensure systems accept IACET CEUs or other forms of self-reporting. preconference workshops are offered for up to 1.4 CEUs. The conference is offered for up to 1.8 CEUs. For additional information visit www.aacinstitute.org/CEUs.

CEU details and documentation will be available at the Closing The Gap registration desk.

Registration is available online or download the Registration PDF.

 

Closing The Gap will consider proposals for one-hour or multiple-hour sessions that describe and/or demonstrate successful applications of computer technology for persons with disabilities. Proposals are invited that report results of current applications, research, development of computer 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, adaptive devices, or the innovative use of standard computer technology are highly encouraged. Proposals should focus on practical applications rather than theoretical discourse. 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.

Proposals can be submitted online or download the PDF, the deadline to submit is Thursday, April 25th, 2019.

Exhibiting opportunities are available for what has become known as the most significant networking experience of the year — the annual Closing The Gap Conference. 

Learn more about exhibiting.

What participants have said

Attending Closing The  Gap was wonderful, eye-opening and inspiring. I would love to attend on an annual basis and I have recommended to all of my colleagues that they arrange for time when they can attend as well.

~ Occupational Therapist

I’m overwhelmed, but enthusiastically so! Can’t wait to implement what I’ve learned.

~ University AT Coordinator

For me one of the best parts of the conference is meeting and collaborating with other professionals.”

~ AT Specialist

The conference offered excellent presentations –practical for actual application!

~ AT Specialist

The new venue is incredible! The facility is stunning and has wonderful accommodations! Continue conference at this new venue!”

~ ATP

Our team attended as a group, and we’re already working together to purchase switches, applications and devices for the district.”

~ Special Education Director

I found this conference to very informative. I’m excited about all of the new things I learned at this conference and am looking forward to bringing a lot of new information back to my team!”

~ SLP

“Throughout my five days of learning at Closing The Gap, I have taken away many valuable tools and pieces of information for my practice and my students! We plan to send our entire team next year!”

~ SLP

Closing The Gap 2018 was an incredible experience! My message to colleagues is to attend Closing The Gap for a life-changing experience!”

~ Occupational Therapist

Great presenters, very knowledgeable. Great resources!”

~ AT Facilitator

“It will take me until next September to implement all that I’ve learned!”

~ AT Facilitator