Call for Speakers

Overview of Call for Speakers

NEADS’ 2010 National Conference “Learning Today – Leading Tomorrow” invites expressions of interest to speak at this conference to be held November 12-14, 2010 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This conference provides the only Canadian opportunity of its kind to share and exchange best practices and expertise on education, accessibility, and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities.

A wide variety of submissions are encouraged in the topic areas outlined below. The list is suggestive of the types of submissions for consideration, but by no means restrictive to these specific areas. Reviewers will be looking for proposals in the general domains of education, employment, accessibility, and disability issues.

Session presentations are 15 to 20 minutes in length and are scheduled as part of workshops on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14. By submitting, speakers agree that their presentation may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference planning committee.

Submissions are due by Friday, June 4, 2010

Submit your Expressions of interest Online

Topics of Interest

The following lists of topics, while of direct interest to the conference, should not be considered as limiting the submission on related topics. Presentations covering all areas of disability are encouraged.

  • Post-secondary education
  • Employment of persons with disabilities
  • Self-employment or entrepreneurship
  • Rights of students with disabilities
  • Financial Aid for students with disabilities
  • Disability studies
  • Student leadership
  • Adaptive technologies
  • Accessibility of extra-curricular activities
  • Alternate format materials
  • Life balance, time management, and wellness

Submission Guidelines

Please ensure that the information submitted is accurate and appropriately formatted. The information submitted is published on the NEADS Conference web site and program.

Limit the title to 20 words or less. A longer title may be edited. The title of the presentation must be concise and descriptive. It must accurately describe the content of the presentation.

The abstract should include the basic content of the proposed session, the method for information delivery, and the source of the information. This abstract will be printed in the conference program. Please note, abstracts may be edited for length at the discretion of the Conference Planning Committee.

All submissions are reviewed and selections are made by the Conference Planning Committee composed of members of the NEADS Board of Directors and staff.


The abstract should be no less than 250 words, no more than 1500. It must include the title, name(s) of presenter(s) and their contact information, and summary of the presentation.

Abstracts must be submitted via the NEADS Conference website at If you require assistance with the submission process, please contact our conference staff at or call 613-380-8065.


Please note meeting rooms are setup in half-rounds of 6 persons. All meeting rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Projection screen
  • Multimedia projector
  • Windows laptop computer
  • Podium with microphone
  • Wireless handheld microphone

Other equipment may be provided with advance notice. Should your presentation require additional technology or equipment, please advise the Conference Planning Committee.

Travel, Accommodations, and Registration

Registration fees are waived for all speakers. However, due to limited funding, only student speakers who are unable to obtain funding from their student union, faculty, or disability service centre can be considered for financial support to cover travel and accommodation costs. NEADS will be providing support assistance to selected students in seeking funds from their post-secondary institutions.

Submit your Expressions of interest Online