This Year's Annual Family Cafe
The 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!
The registration brochure for The 21st Annual Family Cafe is now available! If you attended last year's event, you will receive a copy in the mail. Please feel free to reproduce the brochure and share it with people in your community.
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 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. Financial assistance is distributed through a lottery process; whether you register online, by mail, or by fax, your odds of receiving assistance are the same.
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.
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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!
Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 21st Annual Family Cafe
Exhibit space is now available for The 21st Annual Family Cafe, to be held June 7-9, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando!
The Annual Family Cafe is the ideal place to connect thousands of people with disabilities with your product, service or resource. It brings together an remarkably large audience of families, all of whom are searching for ways to improve the quality of life for their loved ones with disabilities. Last year's event attracted more than 11,840 registered attendees, and The 21st Annual Family Cafe is sure to draw an equally large crowd.
To reserve your place in our Exhibit Hall, simply complete the Exhibitor Form and send it to us by fax or email.
Space is also available for Micro-Enterprises. A Micro-Enterprise is a small business owned and operated by a person with a disability. To see if your business qualifies, and to reserves space, see the Micro-Enterprise Form. We'll look forward to seeing you in Orlando in June!
2018 Questions & Answers Book Now Available
The Family Cafe is happy to announce that the 2018 edition of The Questions & Answers Book is here!
Each year at The Annual Family Cafe, we solicit questions and comments on Florida's disability service delivery system from our attendees. We then distribute them to our state agency partners, and collect their written responses to create our Questions & Answers Book. This resource guide provides answers to some of the most common questions, and is a great place to start if you are looking for answers about how Florida serves people with disabilities.
This year's Q&A Book includes information from The Agency for Health Care Administration, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Division of Emergency Management, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also includes a section of questions for The Family Cafe, as well as our annual "Report Card" that features feedback on The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, and your suggestions on how we can put on an even better event in 2019.
If you attended The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, you will receive a hard copy of The Questions & Answers Book in the mail. Whether or not you were able to join us this year, you can also find it online here.
The December CAN Newsletter: An Election Wrap-Up
The December issue of the CAN Newsletter is here. This month, we take a look at the results of November's election. As we discussed in the October CAN Newsletter, this election was an important one for Florida, bringing about significant changes in our state government. The December edition breaks down those results, and lets you know about the new faces in Tallahassee, including a new Governor, new leadership in the Florida House and Senate, and a new Cabinet. We also put the Florida results in a national context, with a look at how our state's outcomes compare with nationwide trends. Finally, there's a breakdown of Florida's many ballot initiatives.
You can check out the December CAN Newsletter here.
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.
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.