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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I've never attended an ILA conference. What should I expect?

Expect to be inspired, engaged, and energized!

Although the speakers and sessions change every year, you can always look forward to quality professional learning that's personally fulfilling for each attendee. Registration provides access to hundreds of educational sessions by literacy leaders (including our popular Teaching Edge sessions), admission to both General Sessions, and entry to the Exhibit Hall. You'll also have a chance to connect with thousands of educators and literacy professionals from around the globe and get your books signed by your favorite authors. When we say it will be "unforgettable" we absolutely mean it!

Who should attend the ILA 2017 Conference & Exhibits?

Anyone who is passionate about global literacy and literacy learning should attend. ILA welcomes members and nonmembers from every part of the world, including classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, college/university faculty, school administrators, librarians, and undergraduate preservice teachers. Let's put it this way: If you're reading this and are thankful for the boundless opportunities that literacy provides and are interested in the ways you can help transform the lives of others through literacy, we think you should attend.

Where is the conference?

Orange County Convention Center
West Building
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

What are the official hotels for the ILA 2017 Conference?

This year's headquarters hotel is the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Find more hotels (and their locations and amenities) on our hotel list.

Does ILA provide Clock Hours or a Certificate of Attendance for attending the conference?

Yes. ILA awards Clock Hours for attending professional learning sessions at the conference, and you may use this transcript as part of a professional development sequence approved by local school districts. Your district or State Department of Education can provide information about the specific Clock Hour requirements in your state. You can access a Certificate of Attendance and record of Clock Hours earned at this conference on-site and online for a limited time.

I see that ILA members receive registration discounts. How do I become a member?

Becoming a member is easy! You have the opportunity to join ILA during the conference registration process. There are two membership options available during registration: Basic Membership ($45) or Student Membership ($30). You also can simply join online or call Customer Service at 800.336.7323 (U.S. and Canada) or 302.731.1600 (all other countries). Click here to learn more about ILA membership benefits.

Developing Economy Members and Emeritus Members also receive a special conference registration discount. To take advantage of this special discount, you must meet membership eligibility requirements and sign up before registering for ILA 2017 to ensure that the correct fees are calculated during registration. Click here for additional information on these special membership categories.

Need ADA assistance?

If you require special services as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please indicate this when you register for the conference.

Mobility equipment can be reserved in advance and will be waiting for you at the Business Center in the Orange County Convention Center or can be delivered to your hotel in Orlando. Daily and weekly rates are available. Operators are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. For more information, contact Scootaround Mobility Solutions by mail: c/o Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819; by phone: 1.888.441.7575; by e-mail: info@scootaround.com.

Can I bring my child to the conference?

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to attend ILA 2017 Conference sessions unless they are presenting or participating in an approved conference program offering that is specifically designated for minors. Minors under the age of 18 will only be admitted to the Exhibit Hall with a wrist band (provided after receipt of a completed liability waiver). ILA reserves the right to refuse admittance to any attendee, exhibitor, vendor, presenter, visitor, or guest who brings a minor with them without the prior written consent of the International Literacy Association.