This Year's Annual Family Cafe
Online registration for The 21st Annual Family Cafe is open through Monday, May 27th!
Online registration will no longer be available after Monday, May 27th. If you decide you would like to attend after May 27th, you can visit On-Site Registration at the Registration Desk when you get to the Hyatt.
We are pleased to announce that the complete event program for The 21st Annual Family Cafe is now available! It includes full descriptions of every breakout session, keynote speaker, and special event on the agenda, as well as a listing of exhibitors.
View the program online here.
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 Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 20th Anniversary Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants!
The 21st Annual Family Cafe will be held on June 7-9, 2019 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!
Register for The 21st Annual Family Cafe here.
You can find the registration brochure for The 21st Annual Family Cafe here. Please feel free to reproduce the brochure and share it with people in your community.
The full event program for The 21st Annual Family Cafe is now available! Click here to view a pdf version of the full program that every attendees will receive at the Registration Desk on-site in Orlando.
If you'd like a quick reference, The 21st Annual Family Cafe At-A-Glance is also available here. It includes a listing of all events and sessions at this year's Annual Family Cafe.
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.
All available financial assistance has been distributed at this time. The deadline to request financial assistance was Monday, April 1st.
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.
In the event that the Hyatt Regency Orlando is full, you can make a reservation at the special event rate of $124/night at two different overflow hotels: The Rosen Centre, which is directly across the street from the Hyatt, and The Rosen Plaza, which is 1/4 mile north of the Hyatt on International Drive. Contact The Rosen Centre at (800) 204-7234 and The Rosen Plaza at (800) 627-8258.
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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!
Be The King at The 21st Annual Family Cafe!
By now you've probably figured out that The 21st Annual Family Cafe has a little bit of a Vegas theme.
Now, when you think about Vegas, one of the first people you have to think about is The King, Elvis Presley! At least that's who we thought of. So we figured, why not give everyone a chance to let their inner Elvis out at The 21st Annual Family Cafe this year?
We invite you to dress like The King on Saturday at The 21st Annual Family Cafe. We encourage everyone to channel Elvis, and come decked out in your best Elvis look.
Then join us for music, fun, and dancing with DJ Scully at 7:00 in the Plaza International Ballroom at The Hyatt Regency.
This year, as a special treat, Saturday night's activities will also include our first-ever Elvis Look-Alike Contest!
At the end of the evening, we'll pick a winner to be named The Family Cafe King of Orlando!
Also, keep an eye out for a REAL Elvis impersonator on Saturday at The 21st Annual Family Cafe, sponsored by WellCare!
If you don't show up looking like Elvis, well, then you ain't nothin' but a hound dog!
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!
The May CAN Newsletter: Children's Mental Health, and a Legislative Recap
The May edition of the CAN Newsletter is now available!
This edition of the CAN Newsletter provides on overview of the 2019 annual state legislative session, with news about what passed, what failed, and how important the voice of advocates is in making the difference. It also includes recognition of Mental Health Month, and Children's Mental Health Week, both of which put a spotlight on the need to talk openly about mental health in the month of May. Finally, you will also find information about The 12th Annual Youth Summit, where our Florida Youth Council spreads the advocacy message among their peers with disabilities.
You can find the May CAN Newsletter online here.
Join the "Let's Talk!" Weekly Legislative Conference Call Every Friday During Session
The 2019 State Legislative Session has now come to a close. It's been our pleasure to keep you informed about everything that unfolded in Tallahassee this year through our "Let's Talk!" Legistative Conference Call series!
Even though session is done, you can still get caught up on the issues that impact people with disabilities and their families that were addressed this year.
An audio recording of the May 10th "Let's Talk!" call, which provides a wrap-up of the entire 2019 session, is online here.
You can also find recordings of all of the "Let's Talk!" calls online here.
It's our belief that people with disabilities should make their voices heard in the lawmaking process, and the first step to getting involved is to know about the issues and where they stand. Make sure you're informed by learning about the latest developments on the "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call!