Call for Papers

Notice: The call for papers has now closed.

Topics for submissions

The overall theme of the Congress is Happy, healthy and empowered and we welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, teachers, autistic individuals and other interested parties.

We wish to explore a broad range of perspectives, both theoretical and practical, and will be accepting abstracts within the following three key topic areas:

1)  Happy

In this category, we are looking for submissions that discuss the improvement in quality of life for people on the autism spectrum, including in the following areas:

  • wellbeing
  • coping with anxiety
  • issues such as self-harming or other behavioural concerns
  • strategies to improve support in schools and services
  • sensory difficulties
  • strategies to improve educational practice.

Please note: the above list is for guidance only and we will accept abstracts that focus on other aspects of improving quality of life.

2)  Healthy

In this category, we are looking for submissions that discuss the improvement of health outcomes for people on the autism spectrum, including the following:

  • diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • practical support.

Please note: the above list is for guidance only and we will accept abstracts that focus on other aspects of improving quality of improving health outcomes.

3)  Empowered

In this category, we mean both the empowerment of individuals on the autism spectrum, and also ways to equip professionals to support them better, including the following:

  • full participation and co-production
  • supporting and enabling communication
  • best practice models of delivery
  • translating theory into practice
  • autistic rights and policy issues.

Please note: the above list is for guidance only and we will accept abstracts that focus on other aspects of empowering people on the autism spectrum and the professionals who support them.

The above three topics are designed to help provide coherence to the programme, but not to be overly restrictive.

Autism-Europe encourages individuals of all backgrounds to submit papers. Value will be placed on robust and well evidenced knowledge, including academic research and professional, personal and collective experience.

Deadline

The deadline for abstract submissions was extended.  It was 31 January 2016.