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Submit a Presentation Proposal for The 23rd Annual Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is currently seeking presentation proposals for The 23rd Annual Family Cafe, which will be held on June 11-13, 2021 in Orlando.

The Annual Family Cafe brings together thousands of people with disabilities and their family members for three days of education, training, and networking each year. The more than 200 breakout sessions on the agenda form the backbone of the event, and we rely on the knowledge and expertise of our many presenters to make the event a success.

We’re currently looking for presenters that are willing to share what they know about topics of interest to people with disabilities with attendees at The 23rd Annual Family Cafe. If you or someone you know is interested in presenting, we want to hear from you!

You can find the online Presentation Proposal Form here.

If you prefer, you can also download the Presentation Proposal Form here.

Presentation proposals are due by Friday, January 8, 2021.

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September 2020 CAN Newsletter

A CAN Newsletter Celebrating Disability Employment, History, and Awareness

The Family Cafe is happy to share the latest edition of our Change Agent Network newsletter!

This month, we put the focus on two important October celebrations: National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Disability History and Awareness Weeks.

While one is national and the other is statewide, they both offer a chance to begin conversations on how much people with disabilities contribute to our society, economy, and culture, and how we can continue the important work of building more inclusive institutions, businesses, and communities.

Of course one of the most direct ways to make that kind of change is at the ballot box, so we’ve also included a reminder about voting. Florida’s October 5th registration deadline is coming up fast! Get registered of check your status at

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of the CAN newsletter. Check it out here!

The 22nd Annual Family Café

Since 1998, The Annual Family Café 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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Annual Family Cafe was held as a virtual event. You can view online sessions from The 22nd Annual Family Cafe here. You can also see an interactive version of this document through this link.

We also made our Exhibit Hall virtual, and created a catalog of our participating exhibitors. View the 2020 Exhibitor’s Catalog through this link.

We definitely missed seeing everyone in Orlando, and we can’t wait to see you again when we host The 23rd Annual Family Cafe on June 11-13, 2021!

The Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast: Episode 4 - Save for Independence with ABLE United

Check out the newest installment in The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast!

This time we have a conversation with John Finch, Director of ABLE United, about how people with disabilities can save money tax-free in an ABLE United account. In addition to explaining what ABLE accounts are, we also answer real questions from participants in The Virtual 22nd Annual Family Cafe, about issues like how to maintain public benefits while saving, allowable costs under ABLE, and differences between an ABLE account and special needs trusts. You’ll also hear about how ABLE United manages account holders’ money, and their approach to cybersecurity.

If you’re looking for a way to start saving, this podcast is a great place to start!

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The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast - Episode 3: 30 Years of the ADA with Bobby Silverstein

The third episode of The Family Café Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast is now available!

With the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act coming up on July 26th, we’ve placed the focus on the ADA, what it means, and how it came to be.


To give us a first-hand view, we’ve invited our friend Bobby Silverstein, who served as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin during the time when the ADA was making its way through Congress. He shares his stories about how the ADA came to be, explores what it meant for the disability movement, and lets us know what lessons today’s advocates can apply in their own work.


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Donate to The Family Café

Since 1998, The Family Café has been connecting Floridians with disabilities and their families with information, training, resources, and networking opportunities. The families that came together to create The Family Café, and our signature event, The Annual Family Café, believed that by coming together, Florida families could support each other, connect each other with critical resources, and build inclusive, disability-friendly communities.

To realize our vision of a future where people with disabilities are truly valued, we rely on the investment of those that share our beliefs. If you want to help us build a future where people with disabilities can thrive in their communities, we invite you to support our work my making a donation today.

The Family Café is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and your contribution will be fully tax deductible.

Offline donations can be made by mailing a check to:

The Family Cafe
820 E Park Ave., Suite F-100
Tallahassee, FL, 32301

Contact The Family Café

820 East Park Ave. Suite F-100. Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone: (850) 224-4670

Toll Free: (888) 309-CAFE

Fax: (850) 224-4674


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