Call for Papers 2020

Theme:  Communication Beyond Borders / Comunicación Sin Fronteras

ISAAC Conference 2020 Abstract Submission Guidelines (PDF, 1 MB)


The ISAAC Conference 2020 Call for Papers is now CLOSED to new submissions. It remains open, for the time being, for edits to existing submissions and the upload of completed ASHA forms.

The conference theme for ISAAC 2020 is “Communication Beyond Borders / Comunicación Sin Fronteras”. The theme challenges the AAC community to think beyond local contexts and to embrace broader global practices. The conference strives to move the field toward more culturally and linguistically responsive approaches, evidence-based practices and will support the launch of a Spanish Speaking Chapter of ISAAC. The conference will embrace and promote multiculturalism, multilingualism, equitable service provision and the communication rights of all individuals locally and globally. “Communication Beyond Borders / Comunicación Sin Fronteras” will provide people who use AAC (PWUAAC), practitioners, researchers, families, and AAC manufacturers with multiple forums for engagement, interaction and collaboration, while recognizing the uniqueness, strengths and challenges of diverse local contexts.

The conference committee is mindful of ISAAC’s efforts to build AAC professional capacity specifically in countries where Spanish is spoken, as well as countries that are traditionally underserved. To that end, ISAAC 2020 will:

  • ensure that conference co-chair leadership is representative of the Spanish-speaking world, including professionals from México and ISAAC’s US Chapter USSAAC.
  • encourage PWUAAC, researchers, professionals, and manufacturers globally to take an active part in developing, expanding and refining our evidence base and ensuring a more rapid translation of research into practice and practice into research.
  • keep developing best practices and quality services for individuals who use AAC by staying informed about practice innovations and advances and by collecting the evidence needed to support both traditional and new assessment and intervention approaches; and
  • foster partnerships and connections among and across communities, locally, nationally and internationally.

The Call for Papers online portal opened on June 25th and closed for new submssions on October 15, 2019. The Program Committee will make final decisions on the acceptance of proposals, as well as the final format of the presentations (i.e., Short Session, Poster, Interactive Seminar, Research Discussion Panel, Masterclass, or Hands-on Demo).

Notification of Acceptance

  1. Applicants will be notified about the acceptance/rejection of their submission by February 28, 2020. Some authors may be offered a chance to resubmit their proposal in an alternative format.
  2. Presenters will be notified of the time, date, and final format of their presentation by April 30, 2020 at the latest.
  3. A minimum of one author per accepted presentation must be registered no later than May 15, 2020 otherwise ISAAC reserves the right to remove that presentation from the ISAAC 2020 program. Authors accepted to the program are expected to register and be available to present at their allocated time in the program. Changes to allocated times will not be considered. Conference registration pricing rates will be released publicly in advance of acceptance notifications being sent.

Thank you for your interest in Conference 2020. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

ISAAC International President: Meredith Allan
ISAAC 2020 Conference Co-Chairs: Gabriela Berlanga, Gabriela Mangino, Marcela Manzur, Wendolyn Moreno, Gloria Soto

Note: The first twenty (20) completed paper proposal submissions for Conference 2020 will be eligible to receive a 50% discounted registration rate for Conference 2020.

Contact the ISAAC Conference 2020 Leadership Team at


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