Conference FAQ

General Questions

The 2016 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference will take place October 26–29. All conference functions will take place under one roof at the Orlando World Center Marriott at 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821.

IDA members will receive an email this summer letting them know when registration will open. For information on rates and other registration information, click here.

Please click here for hotel and other travel information.

We are currently finalizing this year’s agenda and compiling the program. Our target date for releasing the program is the end of June 2016.

We encourage you to attend the Kick-Off Keynote Presentation and the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening on Wednesday evening. On Thursday night the Florida Branch of IDA will hold a social event that everyone is invited to attend! Finally, on Friday night IDA will host Dyslexia Palooza—a fun, new event for the entire family!

Refreshment breaks are provided for Conference attendees mid-morning and mid-afternoon in the hallway outside of the Palms Ballroom. Food and beverages are also available for purchase at several locations throughout the hotel including IDA Café inside the Exhibit Hall, Siro Urban Italian Kitchen, Solaris, High Velocity, Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse & Grille, Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, Falls Pool Bar & Grill, the Food Court and Starbucks. For more information on these options and other options outside the hotel, click here.

Service animals are always welcome. Unfortunately, we cannot allow non-service animals.

The Exhibit Hall features representatives from a variety of schools, corporations, tutor training centers, publishers, etc., that offer products and services. The Exhibit Hall is a great way to meet with professionals and learn about the latest remediation tools, assistive technology, play therapy, and more!

IDA does not offer childcare services at this time. However, the Orlando World Center Marriott has a daytime children’s program, Kid’s World. Children ages 4–12 can engage in exciting supervised activities including arts and crafts, outside games, sports activities, playground, video games, movie nights, and more! The Marriott Orlando World Center’s Kid’s World and Kid’s Night Out programs feature a dedicated and professional staff, focused on providing a safe and positive environment for all participants. Each program is well staffed with program directors, senior staff members, and assistants to offer fun for everyone.

Kid’s World Schedule*
Full Day ($95): 10am – 5pm (includes lunch)
Half Day ($50): 10am – 1:30pm or 1:30pm – 5pm (includes lunch)
Kids Night Out ($50): 6pm - 10pm (includes dinner)

Snacks are available any time of the day
Before or after-care is available for an additional cost.

For more information call 407-239-4200 ext. 88980.
*Based on availability, limited capacity available.

Business casual is appropriate attire. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket as meeting rooms can be chilly.

If you require special assistance, please indicate this during the registration process. Someone from the IDA Conference Department will contact you to ensure your needs are met.


The registration fee covers your entry into all concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, closing reception, and the Exhibit Hall (including the Grand Opening). Some events require an additional ticket purchase such as the Thursday and Friday night social events.

No, you are not able to join or renew your IDA membership while registering. You may become a member here and use the confirmation code provided as your member ID to register for conference. Note: Membership must be active at the time of the Conference to receive membership rates.

You must be a member at the time of the Conference to obtain the Conference discount. Members can save up to $130 on conference registration, so make sure your membership is active.

We are currently finalizing this year’s agenda and compiling the program. Our target date for releasing the program is the end of June 2016.

Yes, IDA offers scholarships for both parents and educators. See the scholarships page for more information.

All cancellations, without exception, must be made in writing via email to by September 30, 2016. IDA will refund registration fees, less a $35 cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed within 12 weeks following the conference. If you cancel any time after September 30, 2016, or if you are unable to attend the conference for any reason, we cannot refund your registration fees in whole or in part.

Once you have completed and paid in full for registration, you may request a letter of invitation by filling out this online form.


Yes. While the majority of rooms are large, we want to have enough seating for everyone without exceeding fire code regulations. To eliminate any difficulty onsite, we require attendees to sign up for their sessions in advance. Each attendee's badge lists the session numbers for which he or she has registered to ensure admittance into those sessions. Sessions do fill to capacity, so please select your sessions as early as possible.

No. The registration system prevents this for the reasons stated above. If you would like to change sessions onsite, go to the registration booth and IDA staff will update your selections and reprint your badge.

It is up to the speakers to provide any handouts at their sessions. If they have agreed, we will provide downloadable PDFs of their sessions on the IDA website and the all new Conference app.

The Annual IDA Conference offers CEUs from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Both are available at an additional charge and require registration and paperwork to be completed onsite. IDA offers a Certificate of Attendance that will be provided onsite when you pick up your registration packet. Depending on the rules and regulations of your accrediting bodies or departments of education, CEUs can often be used to obtain credit. We highly recommend that you check with your accrediting body or department of education about any requirements PRIOR to attending the Conference.

To protect the privacy of our speakers, no attendee may record any session. However, if the presenter has agreed, IDA audio records sessions that are available for purchase during registration, onsite, and following the conference.

Other Questions

Please consult your tax professional to determine if the IDA Conference qualifies for any type of tax deduction.

While we do not directly provide this service, we do have a discussion board dedicated to this on the IDA Facebook page. Here you can indicate your desire to share a room and any preferences you may have (i.e. non-smoking, female).

Attendees have found that writing a letter to justify the cost of registration has helped them secure paid leave for the Conference. Click here for a sample letter to get you started.