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The December CAN Newsletter: An Election Wrap-Up

December 18 CAN NewsletterThe December issue of the CAN Newsletter is here. This month, we take a look at the results of November's election. As we discussed in the October CAN Newsletter, this election was an important one for Florida, bringing about significant changes in our state government. The December edition breaks down those results, and lets you know about the new faces in Tallahassee, including a new Governor, new leadership in the Florida House and Senate, and a new Cabinet. We also put the Florida results in a national context, with a look at how our state's outcomes compare with nationwide trends. Finally, there's a breakdown of Florida's many ballot initiatives.

You can check out the December CAN Newsletter here.

Get Ready to Vote with the October CAN Newsletter

Oct 18 screenshotThe latest edition of the CAN Newsletter is here, and with the 2018 general election just around the corner, we've placed a focus on the November ballot in this issue. This month's CAN Newsletter includes a review of the offices that will be decided in the upcoming election, which is likely to change the our state's government in significant ways. There are also a number of important ballot initiatives that Florida voters will have a chance to weigh in on when they vote. To help you better understand those ballot initiatives and what they propose, we've included helpful descriptions of each of those initiatives as well.

We also received a statement on disability issues from the Andrew Gillum for Governor campaign shortly after this CAN Newsletter was published. You can read it here. As soon as we receive a statement from the Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign, we will post it here as well.

As participants in our democracy, we have no more important duty to perform than voting. We urge you to get informed about the candidates and initiatives on the ballot, and make your voice heard this November!

Don't forget! The voter registration deadline in Florida is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH. To get registered or check on the status of your voter registration, visit the Secretary of State or the Supervisor of Elections in your county.

To read the October edition of the CAN Newsletter, click here.

Welcome to The Family Café’s Change Agent Network!

Too 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.

Back to School with the August CAN Newsletter

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The August edition of the CAN Newsletter is here, with some important information to consider as you get ready for the new academic year.

For anyone with a family member with a disability that is part of the K-12 public education system, this issue includes a helpful review of the essential differences between an IEP and a 504 Plan. While both can be useful tools to make sure your student gets the supports and services they need, these two approaches work differently. Find clear answers to your questions about IEP's and 504 Plans in the CAN Newsletter! 

Even if the end of your student's academic career seems like it's in the distant future, it's never too early to start thinking about that transition to college or career. So our back-to-school issue also features information from Vocational Rehabiliation, with a focus on the services they offer to help youth transition successfully into the adult world of work and higher education.

Whatever the coming school year holds for you and your family, The Family Cafe wishes you the best of luck. Never stop learning, and never stop growing!

To view the August Change Agent Network Newsletter, click here

 

The CAN Newsletter for June

issue5 screenshotThe latest issue of the Change Agent Network newsletter is here, just in time for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe!

This time we put the focus the upcoming 2019 legislative session, and things you can do to make sure your voice is heard when our State Senators and Representatives return to Tallahassee. Remember, 2018 is an election year, and this is a a perfect time to get to know the people that have their sites set on coming up to Tallahassee to shape our state's policies and service delivery system for people with disabilities.

If you're joining us in Orlando for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, we will have plenty of copies of this CAN newsletter to take home with you! Our event also provides you with a great chance to hear directly from the Governor and the heads of state agencies that serve people with disabilities. We hope to see you there!

To check out the latest Change Agent Network newsletter, click here.

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