Complete a Pink Card or Report Card Online
Every year at The Annual Family Cafe, we offer attendees a chance to submit questions and comment to the State Agencies that serve Floridians with disabilities through our "Pink Card" process.
The Family Cafe shares the questions and comments we receive with with the State Agency or office that has the answer, and they respond directly. We also use their replies to create our annual Questions & Answers Book, which we publish in the fall.
Whether or not you were able to attend The 21st Annual Family Cafe, we welcome your questions and comments about Florida's disability service delivery system. You can complete a pink card online here. We will add your question or comment to those we have already collected, and make sure that you get a response.
Additionally, if you were on hand at this year's event, we are also looking for your feedback on what you liked, and what we can do better. If you didn't get a chance to fill out a Report Card at The 21st Annual Family Cafe, you can complete a Report Card form online. We rely on feedback from attendees to help us improve. We would love to hear how you think we're doing!
This Year's Annual Family Cafe
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 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.
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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 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!