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Realizing the Dream: Opportunities for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education

This session provides an update on implementation of the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Act, and the Center’s work to implement and manage application for and approval of Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs (FPCTPs), distribution of scholarships to eligible students with intellectual disabilities attending the programs, and award and distribution of start-up and enhancement grants regarding FPCTPs. Information regarding key program characteristics, student services, credentials and certificates, data collection on student success, and scholarship awards is provided.

Realizing the Dream: Opportunities for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education



Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida

The Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida (Statewide Consumer Network), established in 2006 and recognized/funded through SAMHSA in 2009 as Florida’s Statewide Consumer Network, focuses on its primary purpose of expanding its advocacy for culturally and linguistically competent services to underserved populations by developing and promoting activities and trainings throughout Florida, educating and empowering peers, and building new infrastructure that prioritizes peer and provider collaboration. This presentation focuses on education on Recovery Oriented practices, educating the community on the efforts promoted by Fresh Start Consumer Network, with a focus on establishing sustainable mechanisms for integrating the consumer “voice” in behavioral health systems and service delivery by preparing consumer leaders throughout the State of Florida through no-cost training, role modeling, and mutual peer support, in efforts of transforming the status quo towards a Recovery Oriented System of Care. Fresh Start also strives to promote skill development, with an emphasis on leadership and management, empowering consumers through training and support to ensure they are the catalysts for transforming the behavioral health and related systems in Florida, and to promote/increase peer services and the number of Peer Specialists in Florida’s behavioral health system of care that is truly person centered.

Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida

Becoming Civically Active and Engaged in 2018 and Beyond…

This interactive session offered participants a step-by-step guide about how to become involved in local communities and on the national level. Among the areas covered are where to find information that will help people with disabilities and their allies become more informed, as well as concrete guidance on how to engage policy- and decision-makers.

Becoming Civically Active and Engaged in 2018 and Beyond…

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.

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Florida DOE

Dr. Verra-Tirado provides an update on the latest initiatives and activities of the bureau, which administers education programs for students with disabilities, coordinates student services throughout the state, and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

The Family Café

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