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2019 Questions & Answers Book Now Available

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The Family Cafe is happy to announce that the 2019 edition of The Family Cafe 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 The Family Cafe 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, 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 21st Annual Family Cafe, and your suggestions on how we can put on an even better event in 2020.

If you attended The 21st Annual Family Cafe, you will receive a hard copy of The Family Cafe 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 November CAN Newsletter

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The Family Cafe is pleased to announce publication of the November edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter!

This edition of the CAN newsletter will get you ready for the 2020 legislative session, which kicks off in January. As you may already know, the legislature will be looking at the iBudget waiver, and considering ways to control costs within this critical APD program. This month's edition of the CAN newsletter offers updates on the recommendations from APD and AHCA that the legislature will be taking into consideration, and the boundaries they will have to work within in terms of types and quality of services.

This monht's newsletter also includes an update on our new Family-Run Organization Movement, aka FROM. We just hosted our first regional FROM event to network family-run organiztions in central Florida, and we're looking forward to growing this effort in 2020. Find out how you can get infvolved and become part of our movement!

Finally, we have a preview of The 22nd Annual Family Cafe, and an invitation to all of the potential presenters and exhibitors across the state. Presentation Proposals are due by Friday, January 10th, so if you or someone you know would like to share their knowledge at The Annual Family Cafe, make sure those proposals get to our Planning Committee in time!

You can find the November CAN newsletter here!


Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 22nd Annual Family Cafe

The Exhibit Hall at The Annual Family CafeExhibit space is now available for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe, to be held June 5-7, 2020 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 a remarkably large audience of people with disabilities and their families, all of whom are searching for solutions to improve their quality of life. Last year's event attracted 12,842 registered attendees, and The 22nd 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 reserve a space, see the Micro-Enterprise Form.

We'll look forward to seeing you in Orlando in June!

Submit a Presentation Proposal for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is now accepting Presentation Proposals for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe!

The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 21st Annual Family Cafe attracted some 12,842 participants. They had the opportunity to choose from 220+ classroom size breakout sessions that addressed a wide variety of disability-related topics.

If you want to reach a large audience of people with disabilities, The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is the place to do it!

The success of The Annual Family Cafe relies in large part on the participation of knowledgeable, engaged presenters that are willing to share their expertise with our attendees. Please consider being one of those presenters in 2020!

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 you 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 2019 program online here.

See you in June!

Pictures from The 21st Annual Family Cafe

GilWms 190607 1358We're excited to let you know that all of the pictures from The 21st Annual Family Cafe are now available in our online photo gallery!

The gallery includes more than 500 images, with shots of everything from the Bag Stuffing on Thursday evening to Sunday's Duck Race. You'll also find all of the pictures of attendees with Senator Galvano and our three keynote speakers, as well as plenty of photos from our Elvis-inspired Saturday night dance. Why not take a minute to relive the fun we had in Orlando this June, and see if you can find yourself in our gallery?

You can view the complete album from The 21st Annual Family Cafe here.

We also have all of our albums available for you to view anytime in our online gallery here


This Year's Annual Family Cafe

2019 cover 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 22nd Annual Family Cafe will be held on June 5-7, 2020 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!

 Want to know more about what to expect at The Annual Family Cafe? Take a look at the event program for The 21st Annual Family Cafe, which was held in June of 2019.

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 sign

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.

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 22nd 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!

The Family Café

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