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APBS 2016 Call for Papers

Call for Papers Closed on September 10, 2015

The 13th International Conference on Positive Behavior Call for Papers is now closed. The deadline for proposals this year was September 10, 2015. Presenters at this year's conference will be notified of selection in late October 2016. Please refer to the section below entitled "Important Dates for APBS 2016 Presenters" for more information about the timeline for presentations at APBS 2016.

Important Dates for APBS 2016 Presenters

Dates to Remember:

  • September 10, 2015: Deadline for receipt of presentations
  • Late October 2015: Notification of selection*
  • Late December 2015: Online publication of APBS 2016 Draft Agenda with presentation times
  • February 12, 2016: Deadline for registration and housing of all presenters
  • February 26, 2016: Deadline for APBS 2016 Conference registration

*If you do not receive notification by email at that time please contact Ilene Page.

Presentation Types

The APBS Conference Committee will be accepting submissions online for oral presentations and posters. Please indicate during the submission process whether your presentation is a Strategies/Tools, Conceptual, or Research-based presentation.

In order to provide attendees with a broad array of presenters and presentation topics, the Conference Committee will limit the number of oral or poster presentations given by any one presenter.

Presenter Role in presentation
One poster and one oral presentation Sole presenter
One poster or oral w/a co-presenter(s) Lead presenter

Note: Invited, Ignite Session, Featured, Keynote and Workshop presentations do not count towards the total for any speaker.

In addition, any presenter of multiple poster sessions is required to have a representative to station each of the posters submitted. One presenter will not be allowed to cover multiple posters, as participants want to discuss each of the posters with a presenter.

  • Oral presentations are 75 minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 24th and 25th. You may present one topic the entire time or may choose to have multiple topics and presenters within your presentation. For example, you might have 3 presenters and a discussion all focused around a topic area (e.g., interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism). Oral presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment. Those requiring audiovisual equipment are responsible for their own equipment or working with the hotel AV staff at their own cost.

  • Ignite Sessions - Ignite sessions were presented in 2015 and are offered again this year as one of the new options for presentations. 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. This year we will allocate at least three themes for Ignite Sessions: School, district and state applications of PBS. 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.

  • Posters will be presented in conjunction with the conference reception, Thursday, March 24th from 6:30-8pm. Each presentation is provided with an 8' x 30" table. A 36" x 48" presentation board on which to display a summary of the presentation will be furnished on request. Poster presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment or electrical access. Those requiring audiovisual equipment are responsible for their own equipment or working with the hotel AV staff at their own cost. Additionally, electrical access can be obtained by the presenter directly through the hotel at their own cost.

    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.

  • If the focus of your presentation is to showcase a product (materials, books, videos, or consultation services) for sale, the appropriate forum is our exhibitor section. You may not conduct a presentation with the purpose of marketing or selling your product. Exhibitors tables are available in a specific high traffic area of the conference on both Thursday and Friday (March 24th & 25th). Information on becoming an APBS exhibitor is available here. Note- The APBS Conference Committee will respond to reports of presenters selling materials, books, videos, or consultation services by excluding such presenters from future conference presentations.

Presentation Topics

During the submission process you will be asked to select the topic area or areas that best represent your submission. You may select more than one topic area but will be asked to select the "primary area"-the one that is the best match. Topic areas include the following general areas: school-related, developmental disabilities/individuals at risk, and strands that cross multiple areas. Pick a topic within one or more of these general areas.

  • School-Related
    • Academics - Presentations in this strand demonstrate how PBS affects the academic success of students within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) or response to intervention (RtI), a systems approach for preventing academic failure and promoting student success. Particular emphasis is placed on integrating efforts focused on academic achievement within a comprehensive system of positive behavior support
    • Classroom - Presentations in this strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented within classroom settings.
    • Individual Students - This strand emphasizes the use of PBS to support individual students within a school. The focus is on one or more specific students, rather than the school system.
    • Justice - Presentations in this strand describe how PBS is applied to juvenile justice and other alternative settings.
    • Middle and High School - The Middle and High School strand provides conceptual and practical information about the unique challenges in application of positive behavior support in secondary settings.
    • School-wide Systems - Presentations in this strand highlight current work in school-wide positive behavior support. Emphasis is placed on efforts to "scale-up," implement and sustain PBS across multiple schools in districts and states.
  • Developmental Disabilities/Individuals at Risk
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder - Presentations in this strand highlight best practices in supporting individuals within Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some presentations highlight empirical findings; others focus on technical assistance or model demonstrations
    • Community - Presentations in this strand will address the application of PBS in diverse community environments for individuals with and without disabilities. Particular emphasis may be placed on evaluating a complex community system and the impact of PBS
    • Early Childhood Intervention - The Early Childhood Intervention strand includes presentations about systems change efforts, research, and case study presentations related to young children (birth through age 5)and PBS implementation
    • Individual Supports -The Individual Supports strand includes presentations that focus on implementing PBS plans with children and adults in work, home and community settings
    • Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities - Presentations in this strand will highlight the application of PBS to support children and/or adults with IDD. An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning and difficulties in a variety of everyday social and practical skills. A developmental disability is attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment that results in limitations in areas such as self-care, language, and mobility. The term IDD covers a broad range of disorders and syndromes.
    • Positive Behavior Supports for Adults - Presentations designed to highlight positive behavior supports for adults to live, work, and be a member of their community
  • Cross-Area
    • Multi-cultural - This strand describes the implementation of PBS in other countries. Also included are presentations that are related to cultural diversity and PBS implementation in the United States
    • Families - Family members interested in how PBS is implemented within home and community settings will find a variety of useful presentations in this strand
    • Mental Health - The presentations in this strand focus on physiological or neurological issues, health, and well-being. In addition, presentations are included that describe how PBS is implemented within Mental Health settings
    • Training - This strand focuses on strategies for supporting professionals, family, and community members effectively as they learn to implement PBS
    • Ethics, Policy and Best Practice in PBS - This strand has emerged based upon submissions from presenters. The topics covered in this strand include important issues related to best practice and fidelity of positive behavior support facilitation.
    • Research Topics - This strand is specifically designed to share information about research efforts in PBS.

The APBS Conference Committee reserves the right to allocate your presentation to either oral presentation or poster session and to vary the chosen strand, depending on the number and type of submissions received.

Formatting Your Submission

Before submitting your presentation online, please review the following guidelines:

  • Title: Enter the FULL TITLE of your abstract EXACTLY as it appears in your proposal. This will be used for printing in the final program and on the website schedule. The title of your presentation should be no more than 12 words. Please capitalize the first letter of each word and do not put a period at the end of the title. Your title should be as descriptive as possible; it should give attendees a good idea about your topic.
  • Abstract: Can be cut pasted into the submission site from a Word document - limit 450 words
  • Summary: Please provide a 35-word summary. It will be included in the Conference Program and the website Agenda.
  • 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 presenters must use person first language when they submit their conference proposals including titles, abstracts, and session descriptions. Person first language puts the person before the disability or category. Examples of person first language include "she has autism"as opposed to "she is autistic," "he receives special education" versus "he is a special ed. Kid(Snow, 2009)." For more information go to http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/images/PDF/pfl-sh09.pdf.

To submit your presentation, please register with Oxford Abstracts.