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This Year's Annual Family Cafe

2018 cover The Family Cafe invites you to attend Florida's premier event for people with disabilities, The Annual Family Cafe!

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. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, The Annual Family Café offers families exposure to a wide range of public and private resources, opportunities to find support by networking with other families, and unprecedented access to policy-making officials.

The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe will be held on June 15-17, 2018 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!

 Online registration is now open. To register, follow this link.

Click HereYou can also register by mailing or faxing a completed registration form to The Family Cafe office at any time. You can view and download the registration brochure here. Please feel free to share it with people with disabilities, families, and anyone else that may be interested in your community! 

The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe At-A-Glance is now available.

This document includes the full agenda for the event, with a complete listing of all breakout sessions and special events currently scheduled. You can view The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe At-A-Glance by clicking this link.

The Family Cafe remains committed to connecting attendees with information and resources at minimal cost, so there is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members.

The Family Cafe also offers limited financial assistance to provide for the cost of hotel accommodations on-site at The Annual Family Cafe. Attendees can request assistance as part of the registration process. 

At this time, all financial assistance has been distributed by lottery.

The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Rooms are available at the Hyatt at the special event rate of $119/night. At this time,The Family Cafe room block at the Hyatt is full. While it may be possible to reserve a room at the Hyatt, it may be difficult to do so.  You can contact the Hyatt Regency directly at 407-284-1234.

Additional rooms are available at the overflow hotel, the Rosen Centre, which is located directly across the street from the Hyatt Regency. The Rosen Centre will honor the $119/night special event rate upon request. The Rosen Centre can be reached at 800-204-7234. Please be advised that you must make your reservation by May 23rd to get the special event rate. 

For regular updates and additional information, please join our mailing list . You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in touch.

The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe promises to be a truly remarkable event for Floridians with disabilities and their families, and we very much hope you will be able to attend!

See you in June!

The CAN Newsletter for April

issue4 screenshotThe April edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter is now available! With Mental Health Awareness Month coming up in May, this issue includes an update from the Department of Children and Families on their efforts to address children's mental health through their System of Care project. There's also a personal story from one of our CAN families, the Turners, describing how mental health has impacted their lives. You can also read about The Family Cafe's work to bring family-run organizations together, which will continue with an important pre-con on the Thursday before The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe this June. Finally, there's a shout out to the Florida Youth Council's Shevie Barnes, who was recently named Ms. Wheelchair Florida for 2018.

To check out the April CAN newsletter, follow this link!


Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe

GilWms 160610 0529Exhibit space is now available for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, to be held June 15-17, 2018 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 more than 10,000 registered attendees, and The 20th Anniversary 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!

"Let's Talk!" Weekly Legislative Conference Calls Every Friday During Session

Capitol two capitolsThe Family Café is committed to keeping Floridians with disabilities informed and engaged about the state’s legislative and policy-making process. That’s why we host our “Let’s Talk!” Legislative Conference Call series during Florida’s regular legislative session.

The 2018 session has now come to a close, and we hope that The Family Cafe's weekly legislative conference calls have kept you updated and informed. It's our belief that people with disabilities should make their voices heard in the political process, and the first step to getting involved is to know about the issues and where they stand. That's why we host our "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call series every year during Florida's regular legislative session.

The final wrap-up call for 2018 was held on Friday, March 16th. An audio recording of the March 16th "Let's Talk!" call is online here. You can also find recordings of all of the "Let's Talk!" calls online here.

Even though the 2018 session is over, The Family Cafe encourages you to continue to follow the issues that impact peopel with disabilities, and to remain in touch with your elected leaders throughout the year!



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