Call for abstracts: Disability Studies in Education

Abstract submissions for the 2014 Disability Studies in Education (DSE) conference have now closed.

Conference theme

Learning from the past. Ensuring the future.

Education systems will only serve the needs of people with a disability adequately, when we consider and address the issues that exist in K - 12, higher education (HE) and beyond. This conference serves as a platform to shape future practice and thinking to ensure a collective response to improve the support for people with disabilities.

Abstract themes

We encourage submissions related to theory, research, pedagogy, policy, and practice that may include, but are not limited to:

  • classroom settings
  • teacher education
  • formal educational settings
  • continuing and improving education programs for students with disabilities
  • issues of accessibility (including the workplace)
  • community services including independent and assisted living
  • social and recreational services/opportunities for people with disabilities
  • rights and responsibilities
  • self-advocacy groups
  • self-governance
  • professionals who work with people with disabilities
  • representations of disability in media.

Presentation formats

Individual Presentations

All individual presentations proposed outside of symposia will be programmed with like presentations according to theme. Each presenter will be provided with a 30-minute time allocation in the session. Presenters are encouraged to allow approximately 10 minutes within this allocation for discussion.

Symposium Presentations

Symposia 1.5 hours (for 3-4 papers) or 2 hours (for 4-5 papers). Symposium/panel proposals are encouraged to nominate a discussant (include this in the overview section of the submission) who will also act as session chairperson. The symposium/panel organiser must arrange prior acceptance of all parties. It is the responsibility of the symposium/panel organiser, in consultation with the other presenters, to plan the session to allow time for discussion and debate.


Poster size is A0 (height: 120 cm, width 90 cm). Poster format is portrait/vertical position. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to talk to their poster during the time allocated to Poster Presentations. All posters shall be put up on Saturday morning 26 July.

Alternate presentations

The Conference Program Committee will consider alternate forms of presentation. Please submit an outline of the presentation as per the abstract submission process.

Abstract submission requirements

  • Authors may offer no more than two submissions on which they appear as lead author.
  • Presenters are encouraged to collaborate in a symposia or panel sessions with three or more papers in a 1.5 to 2 hour slot. Symposium/panel proposals must demonstrate how the papers contribute to a coherent theme and allow time for questions and debate. The committee encourages researchers to work collaboratively across disciplines, phase of career and institutions when proposing panels and symposia.
  • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or any costs associated with attendance at the conference.
  • You give us permission to publish your abstract submission on CD Rom and online if it is accepted for presentation.

Abstract and paper submission guidelines and instructions

  • Abstract submissions have now closed.
  • The presenting author's contact details should be included when submitting the abstract to avoid miscommunication regarding the abstract submission and review process.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English, and are limited to 300 words per presentation. Include the abstract title, type of presentation and author details with the abstract. Nominate several keywords that represent the presentation.
  • For symposia, the panel organiser should submit the full proposal including the symposia abstract and the individual abstracts from each presenter.
  • Use limited references (e.g. Smith 1999), only if necessary.
  • Your abstract will appear in print as submitted. Please ensure you check your data carefully before submitting as changes or additions will not be accepted after the Call for Abstracts closes.
  • Ensure you provide a valid email address as you will be sent a confirmation email upon receipt of your submission.

Author notification

Authors will receive notification of acceptance of their abstract by 15 June 2014, once reviewed by the Conference Program Committee.

Upon receiving notification, authors are required to inform the Conference Organisers of their intent to participate/present at the conference. Presentations of authors who fail to notify the Conference Office and/or who do not pay and register to attend by 25 June 2014 may be withdrawn from the program at the discretion of the committee.

Audio visual equipment

Each presentation room will be equipped for the use of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers) and lectern.

Presenters should bring their PowerPoint slides and associated media files to the Conference on a memory stick. Multimedia clips should be embedded in your slides. Other audio-visual aids, such as overhead projectors, are not available.

If you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

For more information on audio-visual equipment, email [email protected].

Conference publications

Two edited books and a special journal issue will be published from papers presented at the conference. Please signify on your abstract submission if you are interested in having your paper to be considered for these publications.

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