2020 Call for Workshops


April 17-19, 2020 • Los Angeles Airport Marriott

Tipping Point


You can view and download the PDF version of this Call for Workshops here

Tipping Point is the theme for CTEBVI’s 61st Annual Conference.

A tipping point is the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. It can also be that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire; a factor that causes a situation to gain momentum quickly; or the time when a significant or unstoppable change occurs.

We invite you to share one or more of your tipping points by presenting fresh ideas, innovative insights, successful programs, or research results, addressing the wide range of issues facing those serving children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Please share this letter with others who may be interested in presenting.

CTEBVI is proud to celebrate our 61st annual conference. It is considered to be one of the most inclusive in the field, encompassing transcribers, teachers, paraprofessionals, rehabilitation specialists, orientation & mobility specialists, students, and parents.

General Information about Presentation Proposals

Presentation Format Descriptions

Workshop Presentations are usually 60 minutes in length. These may include lectures or demonstrations, reports of research design or results, hands-on workshops, or effective presentations of other relevant information. This format may include a panel of speakers who provide views on a specific topic. Panel presentations should be limited to four speakers.

Workshop presentations will take place during both days of the conference. In the event that a presentation requires more than 60 minutes, a two-hour workshop time may be requested. Participants will be required to attend the full two-hour time period. 

For a second time:

Poster Presentations provide an informal forum for information sharing and discussion. Poster presentations are self-explanatory displays of information. Poster presenters personally attend their displays in order to provide additional information and to discuss the topics with attendees. Conference participants circulate through the poster session and interact with the presenters on a one-on-one basis. Poster presentations will be displayed on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from approximately 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Coffee and tea service will be available to all participants.

Proposals for poster presentations will follow the same format and submission process as workshop session proposals.

Proposal Selection Criteria

Presentations at the CTEBVI Conference should be designed to educate participants about successful practices, innovations, research, or expanded perspectives that improve services to students and clients who are blind or visually impaired. For vendors who submit proposals, we are looking for presentations that focus on products for educational or rehabilitation outcomes. We encourage vendors to co-present with VI professionals and/or students. (e.g., “Using Video Magnifiers to Access Board Work” or “Notetakers in the College Classroom”)

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee using the following criteria:

  • Is the topic important and relevant to the work of professionals in the field of visual impairment?
  • Does the topic provide significant or innovative ideas or research findings that bring fresh insight or approaches?
  •  Does the topic present a new or expanded perspective, practice, program, or innovation?
  • Does the topic fit into the content strands of the conference and add balance to the overall program?

Conference Registration for Accepted Presenters

All presenters will need to register for the conference, whether or not the presenter will be attending other workshops or conference events.

  • Each accepted workshop presentation will receive a $100.00 credit towards registration. This credit will be applied in the registration form of the LEAD presenter.
  • Each accepted poster presentation will receive a $50.00 credit towards registration. This credit will be applied in the registration form of the LEAD presenter.
  • Only one credit will be given to a presenter, i.e. if presenting more than one workshop or a poster and workshop(s), still only one credit is earned.

Proposal Submission Process

Deadline for proposal submission is December 1, 2019.

Proposals are to be submitted through a web-based submission process using the link below. Please have all your information ready before you begin to enter your proposal.

Submission forms must be completed in full. You will need to provide the following pieces of information:

Presentation type: Designate presentation type as workshop (one or two hours in length) or poster presentation.

Presentation title.

Abstract of the presentation. This should be a concise summary of the complete presentation in 50 to 200 words. This is required for ACVREP approval.

Description of presentation: This should be a brief description of your presentation and will be included in the conference program.

Workshop Strand: Educator, Transcriber, Paraeducator, Parent

Primary learning objective(s)or outcome(s) for participants who attend the session. The learning objective(s) should indicate the knowledge, concepts, or skills participants should be able to demonstrate following the presentation. This is required for ACVREP approval.

Names and contact information for each presenter: Before submitting a proposal, the lead presenter should confirm the commitment of co-presenters and include them and their contact information on the proposal submission form. Please reflect the contact information that you want included in the conference program.

Brief profile of each presenter, including degrees, credentials and agency affiliations if appropriate.

Room set-up preference.

Internet and AV equipment needed.

Ready to submit a Workshop Proposal? Use the submission form here.

If you have questions or need additional information about a specific workshop strand, the requirements for the workshops, want to brainstorm ideas, etc., please contact Sue Reilly and Judi Biller, CTEBVI Workshop Co-Chairs at ctebvi.workshops@gmail.com.

Deadline for proposal submission is December 1, 2019. Accepted presenters will be notified by the end of January 2020.