SAC 2020 Conference: Call for Papers

27 March, 2019
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada
SAC News



SAC Conference 2020
Ottawa, ON
May 7 – 9, 2020

Deadline for receipt of all program submissions:
September 30, 2019

The Speech-Language and Audiology (SAC) 2020 conference will be held in Ottawa, ON. SAC invites program submissions for the national conference.


Clinicians from all practice settings are encouraged to share their insight, experience, methods and research. SAC invites submissions based on evidence-based practice, as well as evidence-informed practice including papers, mini-seminars and posters. Research submissions should advance the evidence base for the treatment of speech, language, communication, and feeding disorders. Clinical practice submissions should involve science-based principles used by speech-language pathologists OR cross-discipline dissemination of accurate information about speech-language pathology. Multidisciplinary presentations will be considered. Sessions will be scheduled daily from May 7-9, 2020.


Paper Presentations

A paper presentation should be based on current/recent research, evidence-based practice clinical experience, or published/unpublished single case design studies. Presentation of data in graphical form (i.e., tables, graphs) is a required component of the presentation.

45 minutes in duration

Mini-Seminar Presentations

These sessions are designed to provide opportunity for interactive discussion of clinical Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and professional issues.

90 minutes in duration

Poster Presentations

Posters should stand alone in conveying information. Each display should contain title and author(s), statement of purpose, methodology, results (including graphed data) and conclusions. Posters must be in landscape format, no larger than 2.4 m x 1.2 m. Authors are required to be present at designated times to respond to questions and discussion.




  • First Author must be a graduate student enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in speech-language pathology or a related field, a practicing clinician in speech-language pathology or a related field, or in an academic position within a university department. The topic must be related to the field of speech-language pathology.
  • If the first author is an SAC student associate, they are eligible to receive a complimentary registration to conference. The student must be an SAC associate at the time of submission and in the year of the conference to be considered. This complimentary registration is NOT transferable. The SAC student associate is also eligible to apply for funding support to attend the conference.

PROPOSAL (all 3 components are required)

  1. Request for Presentation Application Form (online submission only)
  2. Abstract and Summary (included in online submission)
    • Include a 100 word (maximum) abstract and 400 word (maximum) summary, excluding references. Be sure that spelling, grammar and content are accurate. 
    • Abstracts and summaries may be submitted in either English or French.

Proposal summaries should include the following components for reviewers to evaluate:

a.    Applied Research Study/Single Case Design

i.      Outline of research including the research question, rationale, and two – five references that set the occasion of your study.

ii.     Short description of methods including: the system of measurement; the type of experimental design appropriate for the research question; short descriptions of all procedures; and description of relevant evidence from the field of speech-language pathology.

iii.    Statement of how the study contributed to the science and practice of audiology or speech-language pathology.

b.    Evidence-Informed Practice/Service Delivery

i.      Outline of paper/seminar/poster including your objectives, rationale, and two - five references used to develop the idea or materials.

ii.     Short description of methods including: goals; the system of measurement; descriptions of all procedures; and, description of relevant evidence from the field of speech-language pathology.

iii.    Statement of how the practice changed a client’s behaviour or contributed to the understanding of science-based principles within speech-language pathology or vice versa.

3. Curriculum vitae for first author.


A panel of at least three reviewers will independently score each proposal on the following criteria: 

  • relevance to the field of speech-language pathology
  • clarity of proposal, and
  • anticipated or documented contribution to speech-language pathology research or practice.


  1. Acceptance of an abstract for a presentation is conditional upon payment of the conference registration fee. Payment of the conference registration fee is not required with the proposal submission. However, at minimum, the presenting author’s registration for the conference will be required prior to finalizing the conference program.
  2. Contributed paper, mini-seminar, and poster presenters, who will be in attendance at the conference to present their session, are expected to register and pay registration fees for the conference. All travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the presenters. Acceptance does not constitute any coverage of any expenses by SAC. Those not registering for the conference will have their presentation removed from the conference program.
  3.  Proposals which are incomplete or do not follow the format and length prescribed will be rejected.
  4. Abstracts from the national conference will be published in a conference abstract document following the 2020 conference.
  5. All submissions will be peer reviewed and rated according to:

A.     Summary description of goals/target skills/clinical procedure or practice; reliable and frequent measurement.

B.     Sufficient description of methods or clinical practice.

C.     Goals or procedures are in keeping with current empirical evidence from the fields of audiology, speech-language pathology or a related field which impacts on audiology or speech-language pathology goals/treatment.

D.     Contribution to the practice of audiology, speech-language pathology or increasing the understanding/information for audiologists or speech-language pathologists.

E.      Reference to seminal articles and writing style will also be rated.

  1. SAC may record these programs and make these audio/video recording or edited transcriptions available free of charge to SAC members and associates. Submitters are required to provide SAC with permission to record, edit, transcribe, archive, duplicate, distribute, and reproduce any written or visual materials submitted in connection with these presentations.
  2. Presenters are not permitted to sell their products at conference. Advertising, solicitation and distribution of literature, and samples for commercial purposes is only permitted in the exhibited space, unless otherwise expressly approved by SAC
  3. Only proposals received online by September 30, 2019, 12:00 midnight Pacific time (PDT) will be considered.


☐  Completed Application Form
☐  Proposal (abstract and summary in approved format)
☐  Curriculum Vitae for First Author


  • Submit on-line at
  • Indicate the preferred address of the author who is to receive notification of acceptance or rejection of the proposal. 

It is estimated that the designated author will be informed of the status of the proposal by November 2019.