2020 Accessible Learning Conference Call for Proposals: Accessibility Re-imagined

The pandemic has changed the landscape of higher education in countless ways. Campuses around the world have been forced to reimagine their educational models. In doing so, they have also had to reimagine their strategies for creating accessible, equitable, and just experiences. Maintaining an accessible learning environment during this turbulent time has required ingenuity, grit, and compassion. This year, the Accessible Learning Conference (ALC) will be 100 percent online. This free two-day event will virtually highlight the outstanding work so many in the accessibility community have done to adapt to rapidly changing educational environments. It will be a celebration of Accessibility Re-imagined.

This conference will highlight the accessibility innovations of researchers, educators, students, and advocates from higher education and the broader community. We invite you to join us by submitting a presentation proposal. We especially welcome presentation sessions that highlight accessibility-related achievements and innovations brought about by the changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The world around our fragile body and minds continues to shift in response to contagion, climate change, and ever more divisive political struggles. With this fall demonstrating the need for a multiplicity of approaches to accessible education, we are asking participants to engage in the work of reimagining what accessibility means while we celebrate how far we’ve come in the 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed.

Submit a Presentation Proposal for the 2020 Accessible Learning Conference

Call For Proposal (CFP) Schedule and Deadlines
CFP opens:
August 28, 2020
Proposals due:
October 5, 2020
Accepted speakers notified:
October 12, 2020
Session acceptance deadline:
October 17, 2020
Accessible presentation files due:
November 5, 2020

Presentation Formats 

The conference will feature 45-minute sessions, which will be streamed live to all participants.  Captioning/CART and ASL will be provided by the ALC.  We welcome any proposal that can be presented live  via Zoom and encourage presenters to factor in some time for Q & A. If your presentation idea does not fit in that format, the conference will also feature a virtual engagement fair – where participants can peruse a variety of pre-recorded or stand-alone resources: online posters, short-form presentations, videos, etc. 

Submission information
Slide Decks and Presentation Materials, and Asynchronous Engagement Files

Accessible Learning Conference materials must be submitted as accessible Google Docs (or Google Slides) by November 5 to Jeremy Van Hof (vanhofje@msu.edu). This includes accessible slide decks for presentations, and accessible poster files.