Call for Abstracts
The Call for Abstracts has now closed. All submitting authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 15 March 2013.
Committee/Reviewers please click here to access the Review Zone.
True Colours has been adopted as the conference theme. The letters overlap to represent the connectedness of the autism community and the range of colours represent the diversity of the autism spectrum. The theme motivates us all to reveal, encourage and support the collective skills, talents and abilities of all of us that are part of the autism community.
Anyone from Australia, Asia and the Pacific or elsewhere with an interest in autism spectrum disorders may participate in APAC 2013. In particular, the Conference Committee invites papers and participation from:
- people with autism spectrum disorders
- families, carers and advocates of people with an ASD
- academics and researchers
- autism spectrum support organisations
- teachers and educators
- accommodation, support and community participation services
- employment services
- recreation and leisure services
- clinicians, therapists and case managers
- policy makers
The APAC 2013 Conference Committee looks forward to organising an intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying conference program. However, the conference program can only be developed from submissions by YOU, our colleagues, researchers, practitioners, teachers, health professionals, parents, families and people with autism make. The committee seeks a range of proposals covering current and emerging research, clinical and educational practice and the everyday life experiences and achievements of people with autism, families and others in the autism community. The Committee is keen to encourage interactive presentations that will foster the sharing of information, exchange of ideas and experiences and opportunities to learn.
The organising committee encourages submission which address the conference theme “True Colours”, as well as submissions which cover the following stream themes and sub themes:
- The Early Years
- The School Years
- The Adult Years
- Personal experience
Thursday 9 August 2012 - Online call for abstracts submission open
Friday 14 December 2012 - Online call for abstracts submission close
Friday 15 March 2013 - Abstract acceptances to be notified
Week commencing 15 April 2013 - Program released
Please click here to view the Abstracts Submission Instructions & Guidelines.
Abstracts can now be submitted online with the deadline 14 December 2012 for submitting abstracts.
- Multiple abstract submissions per person will be accepted.
- Oral and poster presenters will be required to pay and register for the full conference program or for the day of their presentation by the given deadline.
- All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee who reserves the right to reject any abstract it considers does not meet the conference criteria.
- Due to time restrictions in the conference program, it may not be possible for all proposals for oral presentations to be included in the program. Some author(s) of abstracts not included for oral presentations will be offered the opportunity to present their work in poster format.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted.
All abstracts should include the following styles and order:
Title in upper case - 12pt Arial font
Author(s) in upper and lower case, underline presenting author/s
Given name(s) then surname
Where there is more than one author, indicate this in the online submission process
e.g. Mary Smith - 1, John Brown - 2
1Royal Melbourne Hospital, 2Monash Medical Centre
Abstract should cover objective, methods, key findings and conclusions
Use upper and lower case – 10pt Arial font
Check spelling and grammar thoroughly
Use the abstract template provided to ensure your word document is formatted correctly and follow the instructions carefully. Incorrectly submitted documents will be sent back to the author for reformatting and this may exceed the deadline date for your submission to be received. Please click here to download the abstract template.
All abstracts need to be submitted via the Speaker Portal on the website. Authors will need to create a personalised Speaker Portal, by selecting the "New Account" link and follow the prompts to upload author details and their abstract.
Authors will be instructed to browse their computer and upload their abstract as a Word document.
The Speaker Portal will allow authors who have submitted an abstract to review and/or update their abstract at a later date.
Authors must indicate if they wish for their paper to be accepted as an 'Oral Presentation' or displayed as a 'Poster'. Please note, it is at the Committee's discretion which abstracts are accepted for Oral Presentation. The duration of the oral sessions will not exceed 30 to 45 minutes; Oral Presentations will need to allow for 10 minutes question time at the conclusion of the presentation.
You will need to select a presentation type from the below:
Submission Closing Date
Submission closes 14 December 2012. By submitting your abstract online, authors consent to their abstract being reviewed and published in Conference material where appropriate. Should their abstract be accepted, authors will be required to register for the Conference and pay registration fees.
All accepted authors will be required to register through the Speaker Portal. More information on registering for the conference will be provided when registration is available.