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John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

At The 14th Annual Family Cafe, The Department of Education’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice  presented information about the John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities. This program
was established to provide Florida parents and students with educational options, and operates under the premise that the parents should make decisions regarding their child’s education. The program offers student-directed funding and parent-directed choices. The presentation included: participation statistics, eligibility requirements, process for filing the intent, parent/student responsibilities, qualification requirements, and public school responsibilities.

To view the presentation in its entirety, use the following links:

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 1

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 2

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 3

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 4

Assisting Your Digital Native In The Blended Learning Environment

There is no doubt that we are living in a digital-oriented society. We use a multitude of digital items each day. From texting to paying bills online, our accessibility is endless, but technology is not always easy to use. Our children, on the other hand, were born during this digital revolution and thrive in the digital world as only natives would. This presentation will give parents an overview of navigating the online learning community for students with disabilities.

Assisting Your Digital Native In The Blended Learning Environment

The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Florida’s Governor, Rick Sott joined Family Café attendees for a conversation on trends and policies that impact the disability community at The 16th Annual Family Cafe. This presented a unique opportunity to hear directly from Florida’s leading elected official. The Governor was joined by State Senator Bill Galvano, who represents District 26, and Chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities and supporter of The Family Café, and he was able to share a legislative perspective on Florida’s disability policy.

The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Friday Keynote: A Screening of Lives Worth Living

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Opening Keynote at The 17th Annual Family Cafe featured a screeing of the film Lives Worth Living hosted by producer Alison Gilkey  and director Eric Neudel. This film tells the story of the disability rights movement through first-hand accounts from courageous activists that fought to bring the ADA into being.

Friday Keynote: A Screening of Lives Worth Living

The 18th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

The Family Café is proud to continue its tradition of connecting Annual Family Café attendees with elected officials and policy makers at the highest level of government to foster a productive dialogue about the issues facing Floridians with disabilities and the impact public policy has on their daily lives. The Annual Governor’s Summit on Disabilities presents a unique opportunity to hear from leaders of both the Executive and Legislative branches of our state government, as well as representatives of multiple State Agencies that serve people with disabilities in our state.

The 18th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

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