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A New Podcast on Provider Rates, MedWaiver, and More with The Arc of Florida

Another edition of The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour podcast is here!

Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature devoted funding to increase provider rates and serve more people on the MedWaiver waitlist. How is implementation of changes made possible by that funding going?

To get some answers, we spoke with Alan Abramowitz, CEO of The Arc of Florida, and our own Board Chair and former APD Director Jim DeBeaugrine. They walked us through the changes, and the challenges they present for agency leaders, providers, and families.

Give it a listen today! The episode is online here.

Seeking Presenters for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is currently seeking presentation proposals for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe, which will be held on June 9-11, 2023 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 25th Anniversary 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, December 15, 2022.

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The October CAN Newsletter

The latest edition of the Change Agent Network Newsletter is here!

With election season upon us, this is a good time to remind ourselves not just of the importance of voting, but of some of the important things to know to be prepared to vote. This time, we discuss the upcoming General Election 2022 and why it is important to exercise your right to vote. We review the dates that various voting methods will be available and some of the deadlines and requirements for each voting method. 

You’ll also find an update on some of the leading issues for the disability community, including affordable housing and the current state of the affordable housing market.

Check out the October CAN Newsletter here!

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Be A Part of The Exhibit Hall at The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is looking for exhibitors to join us at The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe,  on June 9-11, 2023 in Orlando!

The Annual Family Cafe is the place to get your product, resource, or service in front of thousands of Floridians with disabilities and their families. Each June the event brings people from all across Florida and beyond together to connect them with solutions and resources to help improve their daily lives. Get your organization in front of an audience you can only find at the largest cross-disability event in the nation, The Annual Family Cafe!

If you make payment before February 14, 2022, you’ll also receive a $50 discount.

You can find the online Exhibitor Agreement Form here.

If you prefer, you can also download the Exhibitor Agreement Form here.

There is also space available to small businesses that are owned and operated by people with disabilities through our Micro-Enterprise program. To learn more and apply, see the Micro-Enterprise Application here!

We also have space reserved for self-advocate and family/caregiver authors. Have you written a book about the disability experience that you would like to share at The Annual Family Cafe? Complete the Book Fair Application to reserve a booth space and a time slot to read your work before a live audience!

Each year in our Exhibit Hall, The Family Cafe places the focus on employment through a special Employment Expo area where attendees can talk to potential employers and learn about the job-seeking process. Want to make your organization a part of the 2023 Employee Expo? Check out the Employment Expo Exhibitor Agreement here!

All Exhibitor Agreements must be received Sunday, May 19, 2023.

Share Your Memories of Twenty-Five Years of The Family Cafe!

With The Family Cafe’s 25th Anniversary coming up next year, we’re collecting thoughts, memories, and reflections from people that have been a part of what we do over the years.

Has The Annual Family Cafe made a difference for you and your family? We want to know about it!

Please use this form to share your thoughts and memories!

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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

Email: info@familycafe.net

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