Empowering autistic voice and choice

The Autism Professionals Annual Conference 2018

7 & 8 March 2018

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Present a poster at the conference

We are now accepting submissions for poster presentations at the Autism Professionals Annual Conference 2018.

Authors can make a submission for either of the two presentation options:

Oral poster

The poster is on display with the rest of the accepted posters. You will also have a 15-minute oral presentation slot, which will be delivered in a separate location to where the poster is displayed and will have technical support available for you to use (i.e. a projector, screen, computer, etc).

Poster only

This is where your poster is displayed at the conference for delegates to read, but there is no opportunity to give an oral presentation.


The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2017.

How to submit

You must make your submission via the online submission portal here.

You can read our Poster Submission Guidelines for more information about the rules governing poster submissions.  Further guidance about the kind of topics we are looking for in the poster submissions can be found below.

Please note: presenters will be expected to pay the conference registration fee in order to attend and present their poster at the conference.


Topics for submissions

The overall theme of the conference is ‘Empowering autistic voice and choice’ and we welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, teachers, autistic individuals and other interested parties. 

We are seeking proposals for presentations that focus on best practice in autism support and intervention across multiple sectors, including education, healthcare, social care and the criminal justice system.

Whilst the submissions should be evidence-based, we are only accepting proposals that have a practical focus that would be of interest to an audience of education, healthcare and social care professionals. 

Although medical / genetic research may be included, it is essential submissions have a primarily practical practical focus.

Examples of the types of subjects that we are seeking include (but are not limited to):

1. Submissions that discuss the improvement in quality of life for autistic people in areas such as:

  • 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.

2. Submissions that discuss the improvement of health outcomes for autistic people, including the following:

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

3. Submissions that discuss both the empowerment of autistic individuals and also ways to equip professionals to better support them, 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.

If you need guidance as to whether your abstract is a good fit for the conference, then please contact us at [email protected].