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Request for Presentations

The Tourette Association of America invites you to submit a request for presentation (RFP) for the 2022 Tourette Association of America National Conference (TAA National Conference).  The conference will be held May 12-15, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency: Minneapolis Downtown in Minneapolis, MN.

 

The TAA National Conference is our biennial event, which serves to forward our three pillars of research, awareness, support, and educating families and professionals challenged by Tourette and Tic Disorders.  2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the organization, and we aim to infuse our programming in celebration of that fact.

 

For 2022, the Conference will be presented in two segments:

  1. A Research Symposium featuring the latest innovations in the neurobiological understanding of Tourette Syndrome (TS) and innovative treatment approaches under development.

  2. A Family and Education Conference featuring programming designed for anyone touched by Tourette and Tic Disorders.  This year marks the first time the TAA is requesting proposals for presentations.

 

This RFP is for the Family & Education Conference taking place Saturday and Sunday May 14-15, 2022.  Submitted applications may also be considered for the TAA Virtual Conference in May 2023.  If you are interested in presenting via poster or live presentation at the Research Symposium Friday on May 13, Please click the link below to submit your abstract:
 

Audience

The TAA National Conference features programming for children (8-12) and teenagers (13-18) with TS and their siblings, adults with TS, parents and caregivers, educators, medical professionals, and combinations of these groups.  Presentations should be targeted to a general audience and be free of overly technical jargon.

 
 

Presentation Options

The TAA will accept presentations in the following formats:

  • Panel discussion/roundtables

  • Lecture session (max 3 speakers)

  • Interactive session with or without lecture elements

  • Small group/breakout discussions

  • Activity/support group facilitation

Length of Sessions

Conference sessions can be 90 minutes, 70 minutes, or 60 minutes long.  Youth sessions should range from 30 to 60 minutes. Please indicate the expected length of your presentation.

Requirements for Speakers

 
  • All speakers must commit to the presentation of their workshop at the designated time during the conference (May 13-15, 2022) in Minneapolis, MN. 

  • Speakers should grant permission for hard copy and online distribution of any submitted supplemental resource material.

  • If you wish to distribute copyrighted information in your supplemental resources material, it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary permission.  Such materials will be distributed only if submitted with the publisher’s written permission attached.

Benefits to Presenters

All Conference presenters and facilitators will receive complimentary registration for Conference and will be eligible for discounted rates on exhibit tables and displays. 

Conference speakers will not be reimbursed for hotel or travel expenses.  Our goal is to reduce registration costs for all attendees while at the same time acknowledging the time, experience, and expertise offered by our presenters.

RFP Requirements

  1. Primary Presenter Name

    1. Credentials

    2. Contact information (email, phone, mailing address)

  2. Title of Workshop

  3. 300 Word Presentation Summary (more information below)

  4. Presentation Marketing Description (limit 100 words) – this description will appear on our website, registration site, conference app, and other media.

  5. Targeted Audience (check as many as apply)

    • Child (8-12)

    • Teen (13-17)

    • Adult

    • Parent/General Education

    • Medical Providers

    • Educators

  6. Learning Objectives (3)

  7. Length of Presentation

    • 60 minutes

    • 70 minutes

    • 90 minutes

  8. Co-Presenters (names, credentials, contact information)

  9. Presenter Bios (max 200 words), including headshots for speaker(s) and any co-presenters

OPTIONAL: Please attach or provide links to previous presentations, publications or other media as available

Requested Topics

Certain subjects are always in high demand by Conference attendees, and some are particular to this moment.  Some requested topics are listed below:

  • Treatment options overview

  • Co-morbid conditions with TS

  • Life transitions, whether to middle school, high school, adulthood, college, or parenthood

  • Education and workplace accommodations

  • New, complementary and experimental treatment options

Summary Recommendations

Please take note of these suggested presentation elements as you plan your proposal. The following will be considered as we make our final workshop selections:

  • Encourage Active Learning: Identify what methods you will use to encourage active learning (participatory) versus passive learning (listening).  Interactive sessions are highly encouraged.

  • Practical Tools:  Attendees will be looking for practical tools for use in their lives and practices.

  • Diversity: Presentations should aim to be free from cultural biases and be inclusive of the diverse communities affected by Tourette Syndrome.  Indicate incorporation or primary focus on culturally competent programming or programming focused on intersectionality where appropriate.

  • Programming for multiple audiences: Presentations that speak to both parents and educators, teens and adults, teens and their caregivers, or other categories of attendees are encouraged.

  • Allow time for questions and answers from participants (Q&A).

  • Handouts: Providing a handout, or digital presentation accessible through our Conference App, will help attendees follow your presentation, will help attendees who miss your presentation to see an overview of what was covered, and can provide suggestions for further resources.

  • Lived Experience: We encourage presenters to use stories of their own experience in their sessions.  Where applicable, please indicate inclusion.