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
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.
The February CAN Newsletter: Get Ready for Session!
The February, 2019 edition of the CAN Newsletter is here!
This issue is all about getting advocates ready for the upcoming state legislative session, which officially opens on March 5th. Check it out to find out about committee weeks, bill filing deadlines, and other important dates to know as legislators begin their work in Tallahassee. It also includes information on the legislators in key positions on committees that will impact people with disabilities and The Family Cafe.
This is the time of year for advocates to start paying attention to the decisions being made at the state government level. So why not get ahead of the game by taking a look at the February CAN Newsletter?
The December CAN Newsletter: An Election Wrap-Up
The 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.