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The April CAN Newsletter

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The Family Cafe is pleased to bring you the latest edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter.

It will probably come as no surprise to you that we decided to dedicate this issue of the CAN newsletter to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have included important information from the Florida Department of Health, and a reminder about the need to ensure equal educational opportunity for students with disabilities as school districts move to online learning. As this situation presents unique challenges for people with disabilites, we also share some things to keep in mind for that specific population.

Remember, you can find reliable information on what's happening and how to make good decisions for public health and your own wellbeing from the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Please do your best to keep yourself and your loved ones safe!

You can find the April edition of the CAN newsletter online here.

The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast - Episode 2: Coronavirus and Disability

podcastimgThe second installment in The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast is now available!

With Floridians with disabilities trying to figure out how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, this episode focuses on the experience one self-advocate had getting tested and living through quarantine. Sheltering in place can be tough for anyone, but for people with disabilities and their families, things can be even more complicated. Check out our podcast to hear the story of how one person got through it, and get some advice about how to take care of yourself in this difficult time.

Check out Episode 2 of The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast here.

If you'd like to listen Episode 1 with Jack Levine, you can find it here.

Join the "Let's Talk!" Weekly Legislative Conference Call Every Friday During Session

Capitol two capitols2020! It's a new year, and a new decade, but one thing hasn't changed: The Family Cafe's "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call Series is still here, every Friday at 4:00 PM ET during Florida's 60-day legislative session, to keep you up to speed on everything happening in Tallahassee!

The final call in the "Let's Talk!" series was held on March 20th. You can listen to an audio recording of it here.

You can listen to all of the recording of this year's calls 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!

Welcome to The Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast!

podcastimgThe Family Cafe is pleased to announce the first episode of our new PODCAST - "The Disability Advocacy Hour!"

Our first guest is long-time disability advocate Jack Levince, who shares tips about how to get your voice heard, and stories from his years of advocacy in Tallahassee.

We're looking forward to exploring a wide range of issues facing people with disabilites and their families on upcoming episodes of the podcast. If there's something you'd like to hear about, please let us know!

For now, we hope you enjoy Episode 1 of "The Disability Advocacy Hour!" You can find it on our Soundcloud here.

The February CAN Newsletter

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The Family Cafe is pleased to announce publication of the February edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter!

This edition of the CAN newsletter features a "Top Ten Insider's Guide to Effective Advocacy" by Jack Levine, who was also featured in The Family Cafe's new "Disability Advocacy Hour" podcast. 

This month's newsletter also includes an update on our weekly "Let’s Talk!" Legislative Conference Call, which is held on Friday afternoons during the 2020 Legislative Session. Tune in to find out how you can get involved 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.

You can find the February CAN newsletter here!


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