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The Annual Family Cafe

The Family Cafe is now accepting Presentation Proposals for The 19th Annual Family Cafe!

The Family Cafe is now accepting presenter proposals for The 19th Annual Family Cafe, which will be held June 16-18, 2017 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 180+ 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. (For a sampling of the sessions we have offered in the past, you can view programs from previous years in our Publications section.) Last year's Annual Family Cafe attracted 10,632 attendees, and we fully expect to have another large crowd of Floridians with disailbities and their family members on hand in June, 2017.

This year we are making the Presentation Proposal Form available in two formats.

 

Proposals must be submitted by January 13, 2017. All proposals will be reviewed by The Family Cafe Planning Committee, which will notify presenters of their status in January. If you elect to submit your proposal in hard copy, you can submit it by fax to 850/224-4674, by e-mail attachment to info@familycafe.net, or by mail to The Family Cafe, 820 E. Park Ave. Suite F-100, Tallahassee, FL 32301. If you choose to submit your proposal using the online form, it is not necessary to submit a hard copy.

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.  

Exhibit space is now available for The 19th Annual Family Cafe, to be held June 16-18, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency 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 10,632 registered attendees, and The 19th 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. A Micro-Enterprise is a small business owned and operated by a person with a disability. 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!

brochure cover 2016Thanks to everyone that attended The 18th Annual Family Café, June 10-12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando

Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. This year's 18th Annual Family Cafe once again included more than 160 breakout sessions on relevant topics, a series of engaging keynote events, an Exhibit Hall with dozens of booths, and plenty of opportunities for connecting with other families. To learn more about this year's agenda, check out the event program. The full program for The 18th Annual Family Cafe is now available. To view the program, click here!

The 19th Annual Family Cafe will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando once again, on June 16-18, 2017. We hope to see you there! Online registration will open on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

The Family Cafe is pleased to share more than 800 photos from The 18th Annual Family Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Orlando this past June! From the Thursday pre-conference training to the Duck Race and closing Keynote on Sunday, everything that happened at this year's Annual Family Cafe is documented here.

We had a wonderful time hosting the event, and these pictures capture the fun, excitement and camaraderie that can always be found at The Annual Family Cafe. We hope you enjoy looking through them!

On a related note, we have moved all of the photos in The Family Cafe archive to our account on flickr. You can find pictures from every Annual Family Cafe held since 2005 arranged by year.

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The Family Cafe is pleased to share nearly 300 photos from The 17th Annual Family Cafe at the Caribe Royale in Orlando this past June! From the Thursday pre-conference training to the Duck Race and closing Keynote on Sunday, everything that happened at this year's Annual Family Cafe is documented here.

We had a wonderful time hosting the event, and these pictures capture the fun, excitement and camaraderie that can always be found at The Annual Family Cafe. We hope you enjoy looking through them!

On a related note, we have moved all of the photos in The Family Cafe archive to our account on flickr. You can find pictures from every Annual Family Cafe held since 2005 arranged by year.

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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 18th Annual Family Café, which occurred this past June, hosted 10,632 people, and included The Governor Summit on Disabilities, 200 educational sessions, three Keynote Addresses, an Outdoor Adaptive Sports Demonstration, an Exhibit Hall with more than 100 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.