The Annual Family Cafe

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!


Full Program for The 16th Annual Family Cafe Now Available

16thcoverThe Family Cafe is pleased to announce that the full program for The 16th Annual Family Cafe is now available for your viewing. To see the full program, follow this link.

The program includes details of every session at the event, including a full synopsis of every presentation. There are also details about the keynotes and special events we have planned, including The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities on Saturday morning, and an appearance by NFL legend and disability advocate Dan Marino on Friday night.

There will be a lot going on at The 16th Annual Family Cafe, with dozens of activities and educational opportunities to choose from. So why not check out the program, and get a head start on planning your visit to The 16th Annual Family Cafe!


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.)

The Presentation Proposal Form can be found online by following this link. Proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2014. All proposals will be reviewed by The Family Cafe Planning Committee, which will notify presenters of their status after the New Year. You can submit your proposal by fax to 850/224-4674, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by mail to The Family Cafe, 519 North Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

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.  


  • 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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