Call for Posters

Call for Posters

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Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to share or discuss with other Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS) attendees? Why not present your work in the CALS Poster Sessions?

We are seeking informative, relevant and inspiring posters that showcase promising practices in research, programs and/or services supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across Canada. Presentations should reflect innovative ASD related research, programs and/or services across the lifespan that were identified as areas of “pressing concern” during Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) cross Canada stakeholder consultations. The five broad categories are:

  • Early identification and early intervention;
  • Employment;
  • Interventions and services to optimize quality of life at all ages;
  • Specialized medical care, including access to dental and mental health services;
  • Education, including transitions to work, post-secondary education and independent life.

Please submit a short bio and a 100 word summary of your poster using the ONLINE FORM. The deadline for submissions is by 5pm EST on Friday, January 26th, 2018.

Questions may be direct to Richard Kerkhoven at

Please note: In order to support active networking and information sharing, poster presenters are encouraged to attend the Summit. The Summit has a very modest budget and poster presenters must register for the Summit. The Summit is pleased to offer a special presenter rate of $150.

Poster Format

Your research, program or service could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel.

  • All posters must be presented in both official languages – English and French.
  • You will be provided with a maximum surface area of 4’ feet x 8′ feet (114 cm x 242 cm) to display your poster. Posters cannot exceed this size. A sample picture of the poster boards is below (may not be exactly as shown).
  • Presenters are responsible for producing and printing their own poster. Poster material must be prepared in advance and should be large enough to be viewed from a distance of approximately 3′ (1 m) or more.
  • Please come to the registration desk on Wednesday morning and Velcro tabs will be provided for you to affix your poster to the display board.
  • You may hand out information sheets to those viewing your poster.
  • Keep illustrative material simple. Charts, drawings and illustrations may be similar to those used in making slides – preferably with bolder, heavier figures. These materials should be mounted on fairly stiff paper – but NOT heavy cardboard.

Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Thursday, April 19th in order to explain their poster and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any organization that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions or confirm there will be enough staff members available for the presentation.

All Poster Proposals are subject to approval by CALS’s Planning Committee. The Summit agenda still in development and details are subject to change.