Call for Speakers for Reeve Summit 2021

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on December 08, 2020 # Reeve Summit

Join us December 17 at 4:30PM ET for a free webinar on how to apply to speak at Reeve Summit 2021. We are inviting potential speakers to submit questions to [email protected] prior to December 17 – answers will be covered during the webinar.

Reeve Summit 2021

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s annual three-day summit was conceived as an opportunity to convene and galvanize the paralysis community as we mark a new era in our shared mission of improving the quality of life for all people living with or impacted by paralysis and related disabilities.Summit Logo

We Believe: Community is the heart and soul of that mission.

By bringing together our community in all its diversity -- caregivers, health professionals, field experts, key thought leaders, researchers and people who live with paralysis every day -- we aim to foster collaboration, share what we’ve learned, and inspire innovation.

The Reeve Summit 2021 is designed specifically to:

  • Foster collaboration and personal connections
  • Examine and celebrate research
  • Champion independence and advocacy
  • Promote health and well-being
  • Honor innovation and best practices in the field

Educational content spans the paralysis landscape and is delivered through virtual sessions where presenting thought leaders will guide informative discussions and educational sessions on topics and themes relevant to the paralysis community.

Submission Requirements

This is an open call for proposals for educational sessions that are informative for the entire paralysis community, including caregivers and health care professionals.

An individual may submit a maximum of two proposals. An organization may submit a maximum of five proposals.

No late submissions will be accepted. (See Session Planning Key Dates & Deadlines section below.)

No product or organizational endorsement proposals will be accepted. If you are interested in promoting your product or organization, please see the exhibiting and sponsor section of the event website.

Evaluation Criteria

The call for sessions is open to any speaker who will address paralysis-related topics that address the needs, independence, concerns and access issues for people with paralysis, caregivers, health care professionals that work with people with paralysis, paralysis-related community programs on both a local, state and federal level and paralysis research. Specifically, the session proposal should do at least one of the following:

  • Take a fresh look at a common challenge or practice
  • Offer solutions to issues faced by the paralysis community
  • Build confidence, capacity or personal growth for participants
  • Has the potential to improve the lives of those with paralysis or maintain quality of life
  • Offer a unique perspective on a trend, practice, or idea
  • Examine innovation, practical tools or relevant theories
  • Provide insights into research and therapies
  • Challenge and inspire people and or organizations to take different approaches, calculated risks and pursue opportunities for success
  • Celebrate successes and accomplishments within the paralysis world
  • Connect peers in meaningful ways
  • Draw upon the knowledge of experts or the experience of practitioners and or participants

All proposals will be reviewed by Reeve Foundation staff and possible external reviewers on a rolling basis and we will select those that are most relevant to our audience and meet the above criteria.

Expectations for Session Presenters

Anyone submitting a proposal to present is asked to keep the conference dates available until notified of the status of their proposal. If selected to be a keynote or break out session presenter, you must agree to the following:

  • Work with the Reeve Foundation, its affiliated meeting planners, and software company to adapt the session to fit the time slot or format of the session. Session types may include keynotes or breakout sessions. Sessions may also be live or prerecorded with a live Q & A at the end.
  • Adhere to content guidelines.
  • Participate in a webinar training in the spring of 2021 prior to the live conference.
  • Ensure that the location of where you provide the webinar has a strong internet connection and you have the availability of a laptop or desktop that has a camera, speakers, and microphone.
  • Review the deadlines and key steps for the session that include advance uploading of materials, testing internet connections and equipment and being present at least one hour before the session.
  • Incur all expenses related to the development and implementation of their session.
  • Allow the presentation to be made available and viewed by registrants through June 2021.
  • This is a non-solicitation environment and shall not be used for commercial sales pitches, self-promotion or unwarranted criticism of a competitor or third party.
  • All sessions will be evaluated by attendees via a survey provided at the end of each session.

Session Planning Key Dates & Deadlines

Early November 2020
Call for presentations opens

December 31, 2020
Call for presentations closes

December 2020 – February 2021
Notification of decisions sent to applicants

March 1, 2021
Deadline to receive complete speakers’ information - bio (50 words or less), headshot, applicable social media links (Twitter, blog, website etc.) as well as final session titles, descriptions and learning objectives.

April 1, 2021
Final session materials due. This can include, video, PowerPoint, handouts, resources and/or session plans. Testing of platform to be scheduled.

April 27-29, 2021 Reeve Summit 2021

Submit Abstract

If you have questions about this application, please contact [email protected]

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