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The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast Looks Back Over Twenty-Five Years of The Annual Family Cafe

The latest episode of The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Podcast is here!

This is a special year for The Family Cafe, as we celebrate our 25th year of Collaboration, Advocacy, Friendship, and Empowerment. Did you ever wonder how it all got started? If so, this episode of our podcast has some answers for you!

Join Jeremy and Joe as they stroll down memory lane with two people who were there on Day One of The Family Cafe: Founder, President, and CEO Lori Fahey, and Founding Board Member and former COO Kim Galban-Countryman. Together they share some of their favorite memories, talk about what it was like to host The 1st Annual Family Cafe a quarter century ago, and discuss the event’s history, growth, and future.

You can find the latest episode of The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour podcast here.

And all of our podcast episodes are online here.

The Registration Brochure for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe is Here!

The registration brochure for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe, which will be held on June 9-11, 2023 in Orlando, is now available!

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 event features 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 range of public and private resources on a grand scale, opportunities to find support by networking with other families, and unprecedented access to policy-making officials.

The registration brochure includes additional details about the event, as well as a registration form. If you attended previously, you likely already received a copy in the mail. If not, you can download it here.

We encourage you to share the registration brochure with families and other interested parties in your community! If you would like us to mail you additional copies, please contact our office.

Remember, the easiest way to register for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe is here on our website. Online registration will become available on February 14th. Financial Assistance is distributed by lottery, so no matter how or when you apply, your odds of receiving assistance are the same.

We can’t wait to see you for our 25th anniversary celebration in Orlando this June! In the meantime, please help us spread the word by sharing our Registration Brochure in your community.

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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, 2023, 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.

The 2022 Questions & Answers Book is Here!

The latest edition of The Family Cafe Questions & Answers Book is here!

Each year at The Annual Family Cafe, we collect questions and comments from people with disabilities and their families. We forward them to the state agencies that have the answers, and publish their responses in our annual resource guide.

It includes information organized by source, with multiple disability-serving state agencies featured, along with The Family Café itself. We hope you enjoy it!

The Questions & Answers Book is a great place to get answers to some of the most common questions about Florida disability services system. If you need to know more than you can find here, we encourage you to contact the relevant state agency, and to make your needs known, and your voice heard!

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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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