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Keynote Address with Erin Callinan

At The 19th Annual Family Cafe, mental health advocate Erin Callinan led a conversation about her experience living with, and recovering from, bipolar disorder.

From 2001-2004, Erin endured incredibly difficult manic and depressive episodes. She found herself needing an outlet. Fortunately, she kept a journal as a means to process the various feelings of pain, confusion, understanding and growth she was experiencing.

Several years later, after relocating to Phoenix, AZ, she had the opportunity to live by herself for the first time. That change gave her the clarity to write. To reflect. To be. Undisturbed and on her own. She encountered more emotional growth and confidence than she ever knew she needed. She finally had the chance to confront the great sadness she felt when she reflected back on her life. She read through her journals from those earlier years, relived those horriffc memories, and faced them head on. She knew she had a story to tell. In May of 2013, she published Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look into Mental Illness.

In her keynote, Erin shares the story of the trauma she experienced, the suffering her family felt, the sadness that still lingers, and the path she traveled to wellness. Her powerful story illustrates the depths of bipolar disorder and the many ways that mental illness affects the lives of so many people.

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Strategies to Develop Employable Job Candidates with Disabilities

National Disability Institute, World Services for the Blind, and the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors will conduct a workshop on the research in the area of financial capability of adults with disabilities. The workshop will specifically address actionable knowledge focusing on the need for all Americans to have access to the education, resources and tools they need to build credit, manage money with confidence, and become better candidates for employment opportunities in the community.

View "Strategies to Develop Employable Job Candidates with Disabilities" here.

Beyond Civil Rights with Michael Morris

Michael Morris of the National Disability Institute delivered a Keynote Address at The 8th Annual Family Cafe Conference based on this power point presentation. In it, he shares some of his ideas on the essential role that economic empowerment will play in advancing the role of persons with disabilities in society in coming years.

You will need Microsoft Powerpoint to view this presentation. 

 

 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Vocational Rehabilitation But Didn't Know Who To Ask

In this session from The 19th Annual Family Cafe, VR Director Aleisa C. McKinlay, discusses the many services VR has to offer eligible youth and/or adults who are interested in developing a meaningful career. This session  provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the many services and supports available through VR. Services are individually designed and may include vocational evaluation and planning, job placement, assistive technology, training and education, as well as other necessary services, all designed to promote successful employment outcomes.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Vocational Rehabilitation But Didn't Know Who To AskEverything You Wanted to Know About Vocational Rehabilitation But Didn't Know Who To Ask

The 21st Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

The Family Café is committed to helping policy makers to understand what daily life is like for the people with disabilities and families that they serve, and to giving our attendees a chance to better understand the policy making process by hearing from the Governor, Legislators and State Agency representatives directly.

The 21st Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities took place on Friday, June 7, 2019, and featured Senate President Bill Galvano.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Governor Ron DeSantis appeared at The 21st Annual Family Cafe on Sunday, June 9.

View The 21st Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilties here.

View Governor DeSantis' remarkes here.

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