Information for Presenters


Oral Session Guidelines

Oral Presentations are 75 minutes in length and will occur at various times throughout the conference on March 12th and March 13th, 2020.

All presenters, regardless of presentation format, must register to attend and to participate in the conference.

Oral presentation session presenters are provided with a screen, LCD projectors and microphone (where needed). Laptops are the responsibility of the presenter. If you need to rent a laptop for your presentation, please consult both the electrical form and the A/V form. Please keep in mind that rented equipment is at the expense of the presenter.

Ignite Session Guidelines

In an Ignite Session, each presenter/proposal will receive from 5-10 minutes to present about one important aspect of their experience. A 75 minute time slot may include presentations from 7-10 different presenters arranged around a common theme. Proposals can select to be considered for an Ignite Session. Oral presentations that are not selected for the conference may also be contacted about participating in an Ignite Session.

Symposium Session Guidelines

Symposium Sessions - A symposium session provides several (sometimes contrasting) views on a single topic or issue. Three to four people each provide a 15–20 minute presentation related to an issue or a theme. The formation of the symposiums will be a combination of presentations submitted in a group of related subjects/topics by the presenters themselves and/or organized into like topic sessions by the APBS Training and Education Committee. Proposals can select to be considered for an Symposium Session. Oral presentations that are not selected for a full session may also be contacted about participating in a Symposium Session.

Poster Session Guidelines

Posters will be presented Thursday evening, March 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the conference reception.

All presenters, regardless of presentation format, must register to attend and to participate in the conference.

Each poster presentation will be provided a 6’x18" table on which to display information and a tri-fold foam presentation board. The boards are 36" high by 48" wide. Presentation boards will be available for pick up on Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th in the Registration Office from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Any boards not picked up prior to poster session set up will be brought to the Regency Ballroom.

Poster presenters are not supplied with audio visual equipment, Internet access or electrical power. Please keep in mind that rented equipment, electrical, and internet is at the expense of the presenter. If you need audiovisual equipment, such as a laptop or projector, please download both the electrical form and the A/V form.

There will be two scholarships awarded for students who present scholarly work at the Reception/Poster Session. Awards will be given to students who present original research or original research-based practitioner or teacher education information. If the only entries to the contest fall into the research-based or practitioner/teacher education category then two awards shall be presented within that single category to ensure that two awards are delivered per year.

To be considered for the APBS Student Poster Presentation Award presenters must: (1) be present and set-up 30 minutes prior to the start of the Reception/Poster Session; and (2) visibly post their APBS generated Poster Session sign.

Skill-Building Workshop Guidelines

Skill-Building Workshops will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 2020. Morning Half Day Workshops will be held 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Skill-Building Workshop presenters are provided with a screen, LCD projectors and microphone (where needed). Laptops are the responsibility of the presenter. If you need to rent a laptop for your presentation, please download both the electrical form and the A/V form.

Guidelines for Developing Presentations for the Conference

  • Follow all copyright laws in handouts and slides
  • Use person-first language (see below)
  • Bullet points (typically 3 per page… not paragraphs)
  • Background – light, preferably white, with no patterns
  • Font:
    • Size:
      • Title Slide: 44
      • Content Headers: 40 or larger
      • Content: 24 or larger
    • Color:
      • Black for most, BLUE for emphasis
  • If you want audience to really see your graphs or graphics, print them out
  • Added graphics must help emphasize the point to be made, rather than as decoration (e.g., student images with quotes, star to note handout, data graph to illustrate point)
  • If you include other sources of information (e.g, quote), be sure to always reference using APA format:
    1. On slide where quoted or referenced (Crone, Hawken & Horner 2010 – add page # if quote)
    2. On last slide (APA Citation of each source referenced or quoted)

Guidelines for Submitting Conference Presentations for Publication Online

Information for submitting presentations to be posted in the conference mobile app and on the conference website will be available soon.

Conference Attendees and APBS Members have come to expect and appreciate conference session presentation materials prior to the conference. Information about submitting materials will be available shortly for presenters willing to share.

What is Person-First Language?

Person-first language puts the person before the disability or category. Instead of referring to someone as an autistic person, we describe the person as having autism. The idea is that we do not use a diagnosis as a defining characteristic.

APBS is committed to the use of person-first language throughout all correspondence including the website, conference media, and any business emails. This means that individuals use person-first language when they submit their conference proposals including titles, abstracts, and session descriptions. It also means that as of November, 2010, we will not be posting information on the site that does not conform to “Person-First” language.

For more information go to:http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/images/PDF/pfl-sh09.pdf

Shipping Information


Please ship all materials to the following address:

Deena Gannon
400 SE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL, 33131
Group Name: APBS/[Presenter's Name]