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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!


The September CAN Newsletter

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The September 2019 edition of our Change Agent Network newsletter is here!

While it might seem like it wasn't that long ago that the state legislative session came to a close, it's already time to start thinking about this year's session, which officially begins in January. In the meantime, there are a series of committee weeks scheduled for the fall. The first article in this month's newsletter reviews the schedule for those committee weeks, and highlights important news about information the legislature has requested from APD as it examines the issue of how best to fund Florida's Home and Community Based Waiver. This is the right time to get your legislator's attention, before the hectic session opens, so we've included links on how to contact your State Senator and Representative.

The newsletter also includes information on the Presentation Proposal process for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe. If you would like to submit a presentation, or if you know someone in your community that would be a good fit for our event, be sure to check out the presentation info here.

Finally, there's an item to provide a preview of our newest initiative, FROM, the Family-Run Organization Movement. The idea behind FROM is to help local and regional family and youth-run organizations develop, thrive, and connect the people they serve with information and resources on a local level, much as The Family Cafe does for the state.

You can check out the latest edition of the CAN Newsletter here!

The CAN Newsletter for July

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The Family Cafe is pleased to share the July edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter!

This edition of the CAN newsletter features information on preparing for hurricane season, APD's  plans for an IBudget redesign, and some thoughts on getting ready for the new school year, especially if you have a transition-age youth in your household.

Remember, the CAN newsletter is all about you, and keeping you connected with the information you need. If you have a suggestion about an issue or topic that you'd like to see addressed in the CAN newsletter, let us know!

Check out the July CAN newsletter here.


Welcome to The Family Café’s Change Agent Network!

CAN Membership ApplicationToo often, people with disabilities are left out of the policy-making process that shapes the lives of many families in our state.  It can be intimidating for one person to speak out, take action, and feel like they have a genuine impact on how individuals with disabilities are treated in our society.

To give individuals a way to engage in that conversation,The Family Café created The Change Agent Network (CAN) in 2009. This site is the online place for members of CAN to come together, learn about the issues facing Floridians with disabilities and take positive collective action to address those concerns.  There are over 3.5 million individuals with disabilities in Florida, and they deserve to have a seat at the table in the policy-making discussions that eventually affect their daily lives. By uniting our many voices as one through The Family Café’s CAN, we can make that happen!

CAN is a membership-based program, and we invite you to join today! For only $25 a year, you will have full access to the CAN site, including its exclusive advocacy resource database. Members receive a free t-shirt, and will have multiple opportunities to participate in special advocacy projects.

If you would like to make a difference for individuals with disabilities and their families in Florida, join CAN today, and let your voice be heard!

To get started, please click here to join for site access.

If you prefer to subscribe by mail, please print out and complete this Change Agent Network Membership Application and return it with payment to:

The Family Café

820 E Park Ave., Suite F-100

Tallahassee, FL 32301.

The May CAN Newsletter: Children's Mental Health, and a Legislative Recap

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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.

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