The FYC Celebrates Disability History and Awareness Weeks
October 1, marks the opening of Disability History and Awareness Weeks in Florida. Disability History and Awareness Weeks were created in Florida statute in 2008, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of The Florida Youth Council. The legislation they worked to see enacted encourages school districts throughout the State of Florida to develop curriculum that highlights the many contributions that individuals with disabilities have made to our nation, our state, and our local communities. It also provides an occasion for Florida students to learn about the disability experience, and embrace the inclusion of their peers with disabilities.
To celebrate DHAW, The FYC has published a new edition of its newsletter, The Noodle . FYC members share their personal stories of inclusion and awareness, and highlight the importance of equality for people with disabilities. Members of the FYC are also participating in Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the DOE building in Tallahassee, and getting involved on local events around the state.
Over the next ten days, we will be sharing some facts, statistics and thoughts on the disability experience through our social media outlets on Twitter and Facebook. We encourage you to join us there! And if there’s a Disability History and Awareness activity going on in your community, we would love to hear about it.
Thanks very much for joining us in celebrating Disability History and Awareness!
Presentation Proposals for The 17th Annual Family Cafe now Being Accepted
The Family Cafe is now accepting presenter proposals for The 17th Annual Family Cafe, which will be held June 5-7, 2015 in Orlando. We would like to invite all qualified, knowledgeable individuals to submit proposals for breakout sessions at our signature event. The Annual Family Cafe typically includes 160+ individual breakout sessions, addressing a wide range of disability-related topics, from information on specific disabilities, to financial management, youth issues, special education and assistive technology. Highlights from last year’s conference included 160+ classroom size sessions, three keynote addresses, an outdoor adaptive sports demonstration and rubber duck race event sponsored by the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, as well as The 16th Annual Governor’s Summit on Disability featuring Governor Rick Scott. The event attracted some 8,900 participants. (For a sampling of the sessions we have offered in the past, you can view programs from previous years in our Publications section.)
Please feel free to duplicate the Presenter Proposal Form and share it with any interested parties in your community. We are looking forward to having yet another comprehensive, informative conference with a range of sessions that address the real-world needs and concerns of our attendees, and we are grateful for whatever help you can offer in making that happen.
Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 17th Annual Family Cafe
Exhibit space is now available for The 17th Annual Family Cafe, to be held June 5-7, 2015 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando!
The Annual Family Cafe is the ideal place to connect thousands of people with disabilities with your product, service or resource. It brings together an remarkably large audience of families, all of whom are searching for ways to improve the quality of life for their loved ones with disabilities. Last year's event attracted nearly 9,000 registered attendees, and The 17th Annual Family Cafe is sure to draw an equally large crowd.
To reserve your place in our Exhibit Hall, simply complete the Exhibitor Form and send it to us by fax or email. Space is also available for Micro-Enterprises. To see if your business qualifies, and to reserves space, see the Micro-Enterprise Form. We'll look forward to seeing you in Orlando in June!
The August 2014 Noodle is now Available
The August 2014 Noodle Newsletter, written and published by the Florida Youth Council (FYC.), is not here. In this issue of The Noodle, members of the council were asked to write about major life changes and accomplishments that they achieved recently. This topic was chosen as a way to highlight some of the good things that are happening to FYC members. The articles that were written focus on pursuing and accomplishing dream such as graduation from college and getting a job in their chosen career field. One article focuses on turning thirty and realizing that doesn’t mean the end of the world. The FYC members truly hope that the few minutes you take out of your busy schedule to read their articles and celebrating their accomplishments and life changes in this August 2014 Edition of The Noodle Newsletter.
To view The August 2014 Noodle please follow this link.