Autism-Europe’s 11th International Congress calls upon researchers, practitioners, teachers, individuals with ASD and other interested to send their abstract submissions by 31 December 2015. Organisers strongly advise that you read the rules governing abstract submission before submitting the abstract. These will help to guide you in preparing your submission to ensure the best likelihood of acceptance. The document may be submitted by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to set up a free account first before uploading your submission).
In this eleventh edition, submissions should to be linked to the overall theme of ‘Happy, healthy and empowered’. The Congress, which will be hosted from the 16 to the 18 September 2016 in the International Convention Centre in Edinburgh, UK, is organised by the National Autistic Society in partnership with Autism Europe.
The aim is to explore a broad range of perspectives, both theoretical and practical. Value will be placed on robust and well-evidenced knowledge, including academic research and professional, personal and collective experience within three key topic areas.
Firstly, the category ‘Happy’ looks for submissions that discuss improvements in quality of life for people on the autism spectrum, including: wellbeing, coping with anxiety, issues such as self-harming or other behavioural concerns, strategies to improve support in schools and services, sensory difficulties and strategies to improve educational practice. Nevertheless, these areas are simply proposed as guidance and organisers will accept abstracts that focus on other aspects of improving quality of life.
Secondly, the category ‘Healthy’ welcomes submissions that discuss the improvement of health outcomes for people on the autism spectrum, including: diagnosis and post-diagnostic support, physical health, mental health, practical support or other aspects of improving health outcomes.
Thirdly, the ‘Empowered’ category deals both with the empowerment of individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as the ways to equip professionals in order to support them better, such as: full participation and co-production, supporting and enabling communication, best practice models of delivery, translating theory into practice, autistic rights and policy issues and other aspects of empowerment.
The three topics mentioned above are designed to help provide coherence to the program, but not to be overly restrictive. Autism-Europe encourages individuals of all backgrounds to submit papers.
About the Congress
Participants registered by 31 October 2015 can benefit from the Super Early Booking rate, saving up to 30%. The Early Booking rate ends on 31 March 2016. Discounts for members are only applicable to individual members of Autism-Europe. Organisational members do not qualify for the discount. To find out more about becoming an individual member, please visit Autism-Europe website by clicking here.
The conference will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on 16-18 September 2016. Situated at the heart of Scotland’s elegant and historic capital city, the EICC is one of the world’s most outstanding venues for conferences, conventions and exhibitions.
For further information about the Congress: http://www.autism.org.uk/autismeurope
For registration: http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/nas-conferences/all-conferences/2016/xi-autism-europe/register.aspx
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