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Join the "Let's Talk!" Weekly Legislative Conference Call Every Friday During Session

Capitol two capitols2020! It's a new year, and a new decade, but one thing hasn't changed: The Family Cafe's "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call Series is still here, every Friday at 4:00 PM ET during Florida's 60-day legislative session, to keep you up to speed on everything happening in Tallahassee!

The most recent call in the "Let's Talk!" series was held on January 24th. You can listen to an audio recording of it here.

Our next call is scheduled for Friday, January 31st at 4:00 ET. To join the call, dial 1-888-585-9008 and enter Conference Room Number 521-148-484

There are a number of issues of interest on this year's legislative agenda, including potential changes to the iBudget and the Home and Community Based Waiver. Now is the time for advocates to tune in, and start paying attention to the decisions being made in Tallahassee that will impact the lives of Floridians with disabilities throughout the state.

It's our belief that people with disabilities should make their voices heard in the lawmaking process, and the first step to getting involved is to know about the issues and where they stand. Make sure you're informed by learning about the latest developments on the "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call!

This Year's Annual Family Cafe

family cafe 2020 visions 1104 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 Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 21st Annual Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants!

The 22nd Annual Family Cafe will be held on June 5-7, 2020 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!

Online registration for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe will open on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th. You will be able to register here on our website at that time.

The Registration Brochure for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is available for download here. It includes information on the event and how to register. Please feel free to share it with anyone in your community that might be interested in our event! 

Want to know more about what to expect at The Annual Family Cafe? Take a look at the event program for The 21st Annual Family Cafe, which was held in June of 2019.

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. Financial assistance is distributed through a lottery process; whether you register online, by mail, or by fax, your odds of receiving assistance are the same.

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

The 22nd Annual 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!

Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 22nd Annual Family Cafe

The Exhibit Hall at The Annual Family CafeExhibit space is now available for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe, to be held June 5-7, 2020 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 a remarkably large audience of people with disabilities and their families, all of whom are searching for solutions to improve their quality of life. Last year's event attracted 12,842 registered attendees, and The 22nd 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 reserve a space, see the Micro-Enterprise Form.

We'll look forward to seeing you in Orlando in June!

2019 Questions & Answers Book Now Available

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The Family Cafe is happy to announce that the 2019 edition of The Family Cafe Questions & Answers Book is here!

Each year at The Annual Family Cafe, we solicit questions and comments on Florida's disability service delivery system from our attendees. We then distribute them to our state agency partners, and collect their written responses to create The Family Cafe Questions & Answers Book. This resource guide provides answers to some of the most common questions, and is a great place to start if you are looking for answers about how Florida serves people with disabilities.

This year's Q&A Book includes information from the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also includes a section of questions for The Family Cafe, as well as our annual "Report Card" that features feedback on The 21st Annual Family Cafe, and your suggestions on how we can put on an even better event in 2020.

If you attended The 21st Annual Family Cafe, you will receive a hard copy of The Family Cafe Questions & Answers Book in the mail. Whether or not you were able to join us this year, you can also find it online here.


The November CAN Newsletter

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The Family Cafe is pleased to announce publication of the November edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter!

This edition of the CAN newsletter will get you ready for the 2020 legislative session, which kicks off in January. As you may already know, the legislature will be looking at the iBudget waiver, and considering ways to control costs within this critical APD program. This month's edition of the CAN newsletter offers updates on the recommendations from APD and AHCA that the legislature will be taking into consideration, and the boundaries they will have to work within in terms of types and quality of services.

This month's newsletter also includes an update on our new Family-Run Organization Movement, aka FROM. We just hosted our first regional FROM event to network family-run organiztions in central Florida, and we're looking forward to growing this effort in 2020. Find out how you can get infvolved and become part of our movement!

Finally, we have a preview of The 22nd Annual Family Cafe, and an invitation to all of the potential presenters and exhibitors across the state. Presentation Proposals are due by Friday, January 10th, so if you or someone you know would like to share their knowledge at The Annual Family Cafe, make sure those proposals get to our Planning Committee in time!

You can find the November CAN newsletter here!


Pictures from The 21st Annual Family Cafe

GilWms 190607 1358We're excited to let you know that all of the pictures from The 21st Annual Family Cafe are now available in our online photo gallery!

The gallery includes more than 500 images, with shots of everything from the Bag Stuffing on Thursday evening to Sunday's Duck Race. You'll also find all of the pictures of attendees with Senator Galvano and our three keynote speakers, as well as plenty of photos from our Elvis-inspired Saturday night dance. Why not take a minute to relive the fun we had in Orlando this June, and see if you can find yourself in our gallery?

You can view the complete album from The 21st Annual Family Cafe here.

We also have all of our albums available for you to view anytime in our online gallery here


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