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Giving Families a Voice in Our System of Care

This presentation from The 19th Annual Family Cafe provides an overview of what a System of Care and evidence-based Wraparound should be as well as the work being done across the state of Florida. It includes a brief discussion as to why it is important to know the culture of the families in our communities. This presentation also discusses the importance of having families and youth participate in the system of care by giving them a voice to share their experiences. One of the goals of the SOC project is to have families collaborate with providers as well as city, county and State policy makers in our communities to determine what improvements can be made to our existing system of care.

Giving Families a Voice in Our System of CareGiving Families a Voice in Our System of Care

Sunday Keynote with Micah and Kelsey Fowler

This video is a recording of a keynote address by Micah and Kelsey Fowler presented at The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, held June 15-17 2018 in Orlando, FL.

Micah is thrilled to be part of the amazing cast and crew of the ABC Network Television show, Speechless. At age 15, Micah made his feature film debut as “Barry” in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, opposite Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
Sharing their personal journeys of pursuing Acting Careers, Micah and Kelsey Fowler share from their personal experiences of relentlessly chasing their dreams, living with passion, and living life with purpose. They challenge society’s perceptions and definitions of “disabled” and “normal,” and discuss a gem they learned along the way, the power of the words you speak.

Not Talking Yet? Using AAC to Facilitate Communication

We will present the concept of AAC and how it can help parents establish meaningful dialogue with their children. From the basics to the most sophisticated, it is possible to utilize the family dynamics and optimize communication for everyone. Learning to navigate the AAC world can be both confusing and overwhelming. We want to help ease those fears and set sights for forward progress, because everyone has the right to speak and be heard.

View "Not Talking Yet? Using AAC to Facilitate Communication" here.

Pacing the Work of Change with Gary De Carolis

Gary De Carolis of The Center for Community Leadership facilitated The 2nd Annual Delegate Leadership Seminar at The 8th Annual Family Cafe Conference. With over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience in federal, state, and local government, Mr. De Carolis has an extensive background in designing, building and administering community-based systems of services and supports for children with disabilities and their families.

He has generously allowed The Family Cafe to share the power point presentations from each of his three Leadership sessions at the Annual Conference. To view the first of them, "Pacing the Work of Change," follow this link.  

You must have Microsoft Power Point to view this slide show. 

The Exceptional Education State Advisory Committee - What is it and How Can it Provide Information

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that states establish and maintain an advisory committee for the purpose of providing policy guidance with special education and related services for children with disabilities in the state. Please join us to learn more about the State Advisory Committee (SAC) and how you can provide input to your representatives.

The Exceptional Education State Advisory Committee - What is it and How Can it Provide Information

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