The Annual Family Cafe

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The “Sweet Sixteen” 16th Annual Family Cafe is set for June 6-8, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida. This three-day event provides a venue for people with disabilities and their families to learn about available services, connect with policy makers and network with each other. It features dozens of breakout sessions, a full Exhibit Hall, a series of Keynotes and multiple opportunities to interact with other families informally.

An "At A Glance" that lists all sessions and events at The 16th Annual Family Cafe is now available. To view it, click here

The “Sweet Sixteen” 16th Annual Family Café will once again include The Annual Summit on Disabilities, with three special guests. The first will be long-time Family Café supporter State Senator Bill Galvano, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. Joining him will be Governor Rick Scott, who will once again be on hand to hear from families and share his vision for Floridians with disabilities. Finally, The Family Café is very excited to announce that NFL legend and disability advocate Dan Marino will also take part in the Summit! He will discuss his advocacy through the Dan Marino Foundation and the opening of the Marino Campus for students with disabilities in Fort Lauderdale. There is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members or caregivers.Professionals are required to pay a $100 registration fee.


A block of rooms at the Hilton Orlando has been set aside at the special event rate of $109/night. You can make your reservation by calling the hotel at 407/313-4300 and requesting a room in The Family Cafe block.


Limited financial assistance is availableto cover the cost of hotel accommodation. To request assistance, mark the "Hotel" option on the registration form.Financial assistance will be awarded through a lottery processFor general information on the event and driving directions, click here.




See you soon in June!

Date & Location

The 16th Annual Family Café will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the Orlando Hilton located at 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819.


On line REGISTRATION is now open. Follow this link to register. 

Pictures from The 15th Annual Family Cafe

gilwms-130607-0340We are pleased to announce that pictures from The 15th Annual Family Cafe are now posted in our photo gallery! To view the pictures, visit

There are pictures from every day at The 15th Annual Family Cafe, from the Thursday pre-conference training, through Friday's visit by the Governor, Saturday's dance and Sunday's Rubber Duck Race. (If you had your picture taken by the Governor's official photographer, you can find those shots at

We hope you enjoy browsing our gallery, and checking out everything we had going on at The 15th Annual Family Cafe! If you were there, you just might find a picture of yourself in there! And if you couldn't make it, hopefully these pictures will help motivate you to join us in 2014!

Program for The 15th Annual Family Cafe Now Online

captureWe are pleased to announce that The 15th Annual Family Cafe Program for is now available here on our website!

To view the entire program for The 15th Annual Family Cafe, simply follow this link. It will take you to a pdf version of the event program, complete with descriptions of all of the presentations, as well as details regarding the keynotes, special events and live demonstrations that will be included at The 15th Annual Family Cafe this June 7-9.

There will be a lot going on at The 15th Annual Family Cafe, including dozens of great sessions, interesting keynotes and a great Annual Summit on Disabilities with three special guests. It's never too early to start planning how you will spend your time at The Annual Family Cafe. So why not check out the program and get started today




2012 Questions & Answers Book Available

The Family Cafe is proud to announce the publication of the 2012 edition of The Family Cafe Questions & Answers Book.

This publication is a direct product of the engagement shown by all of our attendees at The 14th Annual Family Cafe this past June. We collected dozens of "pink cards" from people with disabilities and their families, and shared their questions and comments with the State Agencies that exist to serve them. This year's Q&A Book includes information from the Agency for Healthcare Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, Department of Health, Division of Emergency Management, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. We have also responded to the may questions that were directed to The Family Cafe itself. You can find our 2012 "Report Card," with ratings and feedback from our attendees about The 14th Annual Family Cafe, too.

You can find The Family Cafe Questions & Answers Book for 2012 here!



  • The Annual Family Cafe

    The Family Cafe Annual Conference began with a simple idea. Why not bring together individuals with disabilities and their families with state agencies, non-profit organizations and other service providers, so families could network with each other, learn what services are available to them, and find out the best way to go about accessing those services? The Annual Family Cafe would provide a unique environment where families could connect with peers, commercial service providers, and public entities. The Family Cafe has always believed that well-informed people make the best possible decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Our Annual Family Cafe provides the opportunity to put that principle into action.

    That initial vision has spawned the largest state-wide event of its kind in the nation. The 15th Annual Family Café, which occurred this past June, hosted more than 7,000 people, and included The Governor Summit on Disabilities, 170 educational sessions, three Keynote Addresses, an Outdoor Adaptive Sports Demonstration, an Exhibit Hall with more than 70 public and private vendors, including several self-advocate owned Micro-Enterprises, and a variety of family-friendly fun activities.

    Thanks in large part to the support of the State of Florida the Family Cafe has been able to affect the lives of over 100,000 individuals across the state through education, training and networking. Attendees enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with other families and state agency personnel to discuss their concerns, share best practices and gain a better overall understanding of how to utilize the service delivery system. Additionally, due to the participation of WellCare, Disability Rights Florida, AT&T, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Education, The Department of Education/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Division of Emergency Management, The Florida Department of Health/Big Bend Health Council, The Department of Health/Children's Medical Services Network, Workforce Florida, Publix Super Markets Charities, Amerigroup, United Health Care, and U.S. Military, the Family Café is able to offer free registration to the conference. Furthermore, attendees are able to apply for financial assistance to offset the cost of attending.


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