The Annual Family Cafe

Attend The 2015 Women's Summit Pre-Training Event

2015summitThe Family Cafe invites you to participate in The 2015 Women's Summit, which will feature the theme Be the CEO of Your Life: Creating New Possibilities for Health and Well-Being.

Caring for a loved one with a disability is stressful, never-ending occupation. Caregivers can become burnt out, and experience a reduced sense of possibility, well-being and quality of life over time.

As an antidote to that tendency, The Family Cafe is offering he 2015 Women's Summit. This event, which will be held on the day prior to The 17th Annual Family Cafe, Thursday, June 4 from 10:00 to 5:00, will engage attendees in a day of networking, personal growth and camaraderie among their peers. The intent of this Summit is to provide women, and all caregivers, an opportunity to create for themselves new possibilities of sustainable health and well-being through an engaging and interactive program that is built upon research-based practices from a holistic medicine perspective.

There is no registration fee to attend this event, and a limited number of slots are available. The Family Cafe is accepting requests for financial assistance to pay for a hotel stay at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, where the Summit is being held.

To learn more, and to apply, please download the registration form by clicking this link. To learn more about our presenters and their qualifications, click here.

Register Online for The 17th Annual Family Cafe



To register for The 17th Annual Family Cafe,


The 17th Annual Family Cafe is set for June 5-7, 2015 at the Caribe Royale 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.

There is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members or caregivers. Professionals are required to pay a $150 registration fee.


Limited Financial Assistance is available to cover the cost of your hotel stay at the Caribe Royale. To apply for assistance, simply check the "Financial Assistance" box on the registration form. Recipients will be selected through a lottery process, with all applicants being notified of their status by May 1.


Rooms in The Family Cafe block at the Caribe Royale are available at the special event rate of $109 per night. To make a reservation, call the Caribe Royale at 407/238-8000. Make sure to mention The Annual Family Cafe to secure the special rate. 


If you prefer to register by fax of mail, you can also download the brochure from our website using this link. Feel free to duplicate the brochure and distribute it in your local community.




 See you soon in June!

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!

2014 Questions & Answers Book Now Available

The 2014 Questions & 16thcoverAnswers Book is now available! Every year at The Annual Family Cafe, we collect questions and comments from attendees through our "pink card" process. We then take everything our attendees submit and share it with the relevant state agencies. They give us responses in writing, and we put them together to create our Questions & Answers Book!

This edition of the Questions & Answers Book includes information from The Agency for Health Care Administration, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, CareerSource Florida / Department of Economic Opportunity, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Vocational Rehabiliation. You will also find answers from us at The Family Cafe, along with report card results from The 16th Annual Family Cafe.

We very much hope that The 2014 Questions & Answers Book is a useful resource for you and your family. You can check it out here. And if you would like to see Q&A books from previous years, you can find them here on our website as well.

Pictures from The 16th Annual Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is pleased to let you know that photos from The 16th Annual Family Cafe are now available here on our website. We have a gallery of 600 images posted here. To see the complete set of photos, just click on the "Read More" link at the bottom of the article.

We had a wonderful time hosting The 16th Annual Family Cafe, and the pictures here definitely capture that! We hope you enjoy browsing through them!



  • 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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