This Year's Annual Family Cafe
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE 22nd ANNUAL FAMILY CAFE IS OPEN
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE 22ND ANNUAL FAMILY CAFE WILL NOW BE A VIRTUAL EVENT
The first and most important concern for The Family Cafe, our Board of Directors, and The Family Cafe Planning Committee has always been the health, safety, and well-being of the people with disabilities and families we serve. When we first began talking about the coronavirus pandemic and how it might impact our event weeks ago, we knew that whatever action we took would be guided by that concern.
Now that the time for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is almost here, it's clear that it won't be safe to gather thousands of attendees together the way we usually do. That's why we've put plans in place to transform The 22nd Annual Family Cafe into a virtual event.
Despite the change we've been forced to make, we are committed to bringing you as much of the information and resources that you would find at a face-to-face Annual Family Cafe as we possibly can.
What will a virtual version of The 22nd Annual Family Cafe look like? Here's what we have planned:
The virtual 22nd Annual Family Cafe will kick off on Friday, June 5th. Instead of three days, we'll be spreading things out over two weeks. Live content will be streamed through our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheFamilyCafeFL twice daily at 11 AM ET and 2 PM ET between Friday, June 5th and Friday, June 19th, with the exception of Sunday the 7th and Sunday the 14th.
This virtual content will include a number of live streamed breakout sessions, which will allow for moderated Q&A. All three of our scheduled Keynote speakers will be part of the agenda, and the virtual event will also include The Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities with content provided by Gov. DeSantis and Senate President Bill Galvano. Over the two weeks, The Family Cafe will also be posting content from partners including the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, Pyramid Players, and others that usually take part in The Annual Family Cafe.
The Family Cafe has printed a full event program, with descriptions of every breakout session, including both those that will be part of the live virtual event and those that had been planned for the face-to-face event but could not be delivered live. The program includes contact information for the presenters so families can reach out to them with questions. Every attendee registered before May 1st will receive a program in the mail, and it can also be found online here. We are also inviting presenters that could not be included in the live virtual event to share their presentation materials with us, so we can make them available to you electronically.
You also might be wondering about the Exhibit Hall, which usually hosts dozens of vendors, organizations, and agencies. While you won't be able to walk the hall and speak to exhibitors in person, we have developed an Exhibitor Catalog with information about our planned 2020 exhibitors, including micro-enterprises, and self-advocate authors scheduled to take part in our first-ever Book Fair. As with the program, attendees registered by May 1st will receive and Exhibitor Catalog by mail, and it's also online here.
While we certainly understand that our decision to move to a virtual event may come as a disappointment to many of you, please remember that we are choosing this path out of our desire to keep everyone we serve safe and healthy. We will truly miss seeing everyone in Orlando this June, and we'll be counting the days until we can come together again in 2021!
Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. 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 families exposure to a wide range of public and private resources, opportunities to find support by networking with other families, and unprecedented access to policy-making officials.
The 22nd Annual Family Cafe will be a virtual event held in June!
The Family Cafe remains committed to connecting attendees with information and resources at minimal cost, so there is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members.
The Registration Brochure for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is available for download here. It includes information on the event and how to register. Please feel free to share it with anyone in your community that might be interested in our event!
The 22nd Annual Family Cafe promises to be a truly remarkable event for Floridians with disabilities and their families, and we very much hope you will be able to attend!
"See" you in June!