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The Annual Family Cafe

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.


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!


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!


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

The Family Cafe offers two ways for attendees at The Annual Cafe to share feedback. The Report Card allows attendees to rate various aspects of the event, and let us know how we can improve. To complete a Report Card online, follow this link.

The Family Cafe also collects questions and comments about Florida's service delivery system through our Pink Card process. We distribute the questions and comments we receive to the relevant State Agencies and offices, and collect their responses to create the Questions & Answers Book that we publish each fall. To submit a Pink Card online, folllow this link.

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 Family Cafe also has a smartphone app available for download. It includes all of the information available in the printed program, as well as maps of the convention and exhibit areas, the ability to create a custom schedule, photo sharing and a message board. Find it on Google Play here and iTunes 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!

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!


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 17th Annual Family Café, which occurred this past June, hosted more than 8,900 people, and included The Governor Summit on Disabilities, 180 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.