Paths to Literacy

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Getting in Touch with Literacy 2017

Banner for 2017 GITWL

Registration is now open for the 13th Biennial Getting in Touch with Literacy (GITWL) Conference!  It will be held in New Orleans, December 6-9, 2017.  The conference begins at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 and ends Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

GITWL 2017 brings together the most current thinking on all forms of literacy, including print, braille, auditory, tactile graphics comprehension and the use of assistive technology. Presentations will address the needs of a range of ages and all levels of ability, including conventional and functional literacy. Plus, more than 60 concurrent workshops and additional poster sessions will focus on specific areas, including:
  • Assessment, instruction and support
  • Assistive technology and tactile graphics
  • Braille Instruction and Tactile Literacy
  • Cultural Linguistic Diversity and English Language Learners
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Legislation and Policy Affecting Literacy
  • Literacy and Additional Learning Needs
  • Low Vision
  • Transitional and Vocational Literacy
  • Literacy In Everyday Life
Tentative Agenda  


Paths to Literacy will be there and we hope you will be too!





Event Date: 

Dec 06, 2017 to Dec 09, 2017



Posted by Alisha Ragainis

Conference agenda

Posted by Alisha Ragainis


Posted by Alisha Ragainis

Previous comments for Getting in Touch with Literacy 2017

Charlotte Cushman commented on September 14, 2017

Hi Alisha,

I'm sorry that this is such a frustrating situation.  You may want to contact the conference organizers directly:

Good luck!


Alisha Ragainis commented on September 13, 2017

Hi Charlotte,
thank you for your responses about the agenda. I work for the state of WI and they require an agenda for conference approval in order to approve the flights, number of nights for a hotel, meals, etc. The actual sessions don't have to be exact but timelines do. Even a tentative agenda gives a framework for costs. At this point, it looks like early registration will not be an option. I don't mean to be difficult, but it is important for organizers to understand the needs of attendees :)
Thanks so much!

Charlotte Cushman commented on September 6, 2017

Hi Alisha,

The agenda is not yet available, but the list of accepted presentations for GITWL 2017 is now available.  You can download it here.  We hope this will be enough documentation for you to be able to register.  More information will be added as soon as it is ready.

Alisha Ragainis commented on September 1, 2017

Thank you so much!

Charlotte Cushman commented on September 1, 2017

Hi Alisha,

I just checked with the organizers of the conference, and they anticipate that the agenda will be posted by next week.  I will share it here as well, as soon as it is available.

We're so glad you're planning to go to Getting in Touch with Literacy!   We'll be there too.

Alisha Ragainis commented on August 30, 2017

Hello, is there an agenda available, even a tentative agenda? It is required for authorization from most employers and the early registration deadline is fast approaching!