The 25th Anniversary Family Café
June 9-11, 2023
Since 1998, The Annual Family Café has brought Floridians with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training, and networking. 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 attendees exposure to resources on a grand scale, unprecedented access to policy-making officials, and a chance to network with other individuals with disabilities and their families.
The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe will be held on June 9-11, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.
Online registration is now closed, but it’s not too late to attend!
ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT!
As of now, Online Registration for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe is CLOSED. You can still attend the event and register on-site by visiting the Registration Desk on the Convention Level at the Hyatt beginning at 8:00 AM on Friday, June 9th.
The Family Café does everything it can to connect its attendees with the resources it offers at the lowest cost possible. The Annual Family Café remains a FREE EVENT, with no registration cost for people with disabilities and their families. Only those attending in a professional capacity are asked to pay a $250 registration fee.
The Family Café is also proud to offer families limited Financial Assistance, which can provide for complimentary accommodations at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The deadline to request financial assistance was Saturday, April 1, 2023. All Financial Assistance has been allocated at this time.
The Registration Brochure for this year’s event is available for download. It includes details about the event, and a hard copy registration form. If you attended previously, you likely already received a copy in the mail. If not, you can find 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.
Please note, if you have registered by mailing, faxing, or scanning and emailing a paper form, it is not necessary to register again online. The chances of receiving Financial Assistance are the same no matter how or when you register prior to April 1st. Only one Financial Assistance request permitted per household.
You can now view the complete event program for The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe here.
We also have a shorter version of the agenda that lists events and session titles only. Click here to view The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe At-A-Glance. (Please note, the full event program is more accurate and complete than the At-A-Glance, which was created earlier in the planning process.)
If you would like to make a reservation at the host hotel for the event, the Hyatt Regency Orlando, you can call 402-593-5048 to make a reservation. Make sure to mention The Family Cafe to receive the special event rate of $129/night.
Additional space is available in two overflow hotels located directly across International Drive from the Hyatt, the Rosen Centre and the Rosen Plaza. Both properties have rooms available at the special event rate of $125/night. Contact the Rosen Centre toll-free at 1-800-204-7234 or locally at 407-996-9842. Contact the Rosen Plaza toll-free at 1-800-627-8258 or locally at 407-996-9700. Make sure to mention The Family Cafe to receive the special event rate of $125/night.
You can find information about rooms, meals, parking, local medical facilities and more about what to expect on site in our General Info Sheet here.
The Family Cafe is pleased to let you know about two pre-conference events being held on Thursday, June 8 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando:
- The 2023 Women’s Summit – The 2023 Women’s Summit offers a full day of personal healing and growth for women in varying stages of life, addressing the needs of women who hold diverse interests and share a desire to better take care of their own health and well-being, so they can in turn support the health and wellness of their family members.
- The 2023 FROM Pre-Conference Training Event – Each year the FROM Pre-Con provides advocates working to build local networks and family-run organizations in their communities with information and resources. Learn more about FROM here.
We hope you can join us in June of 2023 for another serving of Collaboration, Advocacy, Friendship and Empowerment!
Some sessions and activities at The 25th Anniversary Family Café may be photographed or videotaped. By participating in The 25th Anniversary Family Café, registrants agree that The Family Café has the right to use their image, likeness, and/or voice or sound recording taken in connection to The 25th Anniversary Family Café in all Media.
Be a Part of the Exhibit Hall at The 25th Anniversary Family Cafe!
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! Find the Exhibitor Agreement 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!