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Submit a Presentation Proposal for The 21st Annual Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is now accepting Presentation Proposals for The 21st Annual Family Cafe!

The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 20th Anniversary Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants. They had the opportunity to choose from 220+ classroom size breakout sessions that addressed a wide variety of diability-related topics.

If you want to reach a large audience of people with disabilities, The 21st Annual Family Cafe is the place to do it!

The success of The Annual Family Cafe relies in large part on the participation of knowledgable, engaged presenters that are willing to share their expertise with our attendees. Please consider being one of those presenters in 2019!

How to Submit a Proposal: Download the Presentation Proposal Form here, complete it, and return it to The Family Cafe by mail, email, or fax; OR can complete the Presentation Proposal Form online by following this link.

Please feel free to share this notice with anyone in your network that might be interested in making a presentation!

To get a sense of the range of topics typically addressed at The Annual Family Cafe, view the 2018 program online here.

See you in June!

This Year's Annual Family Cafe

Welcome to The Annual Family CafeThe Family Cafe invites you to attend Florida's premier event for people with disabilities, The Annual Family Cafe!

The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 20th Anniversary Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants!

Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, The Annual Family Café offers families exposure to a wide range of public and private resources, opportunities to find support by networking with other families, and unprecedented access to policy-making officials.

The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe will be held on June 7-9, 2019 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!

 Online registration will open on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

The event program for The 21st Annual Family Cafe will be available in May. To get a sense of what to expect, check out the full program for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe herefull program for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe here.

The Family Cafe remains committed to connecting attendees with information and resources at minimal cost, so there is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members.

The Family Cafe also offers limited financial assistance to provide for the cost of hotel accommodations on-site at The Annual Family Cafe. Attendees can request assistance as part of the registration process. 

The 21st Annual Family Cafe will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Rooms are available at the Hyatt at the special event rate of $129/night.

For regular updates and additional information, please join our mailing list . You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in touch.

The 21st Annual Family Cafe promises to be a truly remarkable event for Floridians with disabilities and their families, and we very much hope you will be able to attend!

See you in June!

Back to School with the August CAN Newsletter

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The August edition of the CAN Newsletter is here, with some important information to consider as you get ready for the new academic year.

For anyone with a family member with a disability that is part of the K-12 public education system, this issue includes a helpful review of the essential differences between an IEP and a 504 Plan. While both can be useful tools to make sure your student gets the supports and services they need, these two approaches work differently. Find clear answers to your questions about IEP's and 504 Plans in the CAN Newsletter! 

Even if the end of your student's academic career seems like it's in the distant future, it's never too early to start thinking about that transition to college or career. So our back-to-school issue also features information from Vocational Rehabiliation, with a focus on the services they offer to help youth transition successfully into the adult world of work and higher education.

Whatever the coming school year holds for you and your family, The Family Cafe wishes you the best of luck. Never stop learning, and never stop growing!

To view the August Change Agent Network Newsletter, click here

 

Pictures from The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is pleased to announced that the pictures from The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe are now available to view! The gallery includes nearly 700 pictures, with images of everything from the opening keynote and Governor's Summit on Friday, through the dance on Saturday, to the duck race and closing keynote on Sunday. There are also plenty of candid shots of Family Cafe attendees, so if you were on hand in Orlando, you might be lucky enough to find yourself in there!

We had a wonderful time hosting the event, and these pictures capture the fun, excitement and camaraderie that make The Annual Family Cafe so amazing. We hope you enjoy looking through them!

To access the gallery, click on the image below, or follow this link.

And remember, you can view all of our photos from past events on our flickr page here.

The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe

Videos from The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe Now Available

Video recording from The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe are now available on The Family Cafe website!

The collection of videos from the event includes footage of all three keynote addresses, including the especially memorable appearance by Micah Fowler from TV's Speechless on Sunday afternoon. You can also view The 20th Anniversary Governor's Summit on Disabilities from Friday evening. There are recordings of a select number of breakout sessions available as well, addressing topics such as employment, self-advocacy, exceptional student education, and mental health.

Check out the video collection here.

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