Dates: March 12-14, 2020

As of January 2, 2020, all submission notifications have been sent. If you did not receive one, please contact us at  Please find our Poster and Presentation Guidelines here.

Submissions due: November 15, 2019

The focus of this meeting is on the scientific study of the emergence, use, and nature of language in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Language impairment, though not a core symptom of ASD, is one of the most important predictors of long term outcomes and independence. The study of language in ASD also has the potential to inform our understanding of language itself, as we explore why some individuals with ASD have difficulties with certain domains of language while other domains remain fully intact. It is our goal to bring together researchers approaching questions of language in autism from a variety of backgrounds, topics and approaches. Some of these include:

Aspects of Language

  • Speech Production and Perception
  • Phonetics/Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • Pragmatics
  • Communication in Minimally Verbal Individuals

Approaches to the Study of Language

  • Social communication to the extent that it informs questions about language.
  • Development throughout the lifespan
  • Modality – Spoken/Gestural/AAC
  • Clinical/Experimental/Naturalistic
  • Comprehension and Production

Abstract Submission


Abstracts for 20-minute oral or poster presentations should be submitted to the organizing committee at Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Figures, title and references do not count towards the word limit. Abstracts must be submitted by November 15th, 2019.

Please submit abstracts as a single PDF with title, authors, and affiliations listed at the top. Abstracts should include background, objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. Up to one Figure/Table may be included but is not required.