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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! Whether you register online, by mail, or by fax, your chances of receiving financial assistance are the same.

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.

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, rooms with two double beds are sold out, however, king and queen bed rooms remain available. Additional rooms with two double beds may become available after The Family Cafe's financial assistance rooming list is sent to the hotel in late April. 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.  

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 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!

"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.

January 9th marked the opening of the 2018 legislative session. With elected representatives returning to Tallahassee to discuss many issues that impact Floridians with disabilities and their families, now is the time for advocates to tune in, and become engaged with the conversation and decision making process!

In order to give Florida families a chance to learn about what's going on at the state level regarding pending legislation and possible policy changes, The Family Cafe hosts a series of weekly legislative conference calls entitled "Let's Talk!" These conference calls, which will be held throughout the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, each Friday at 4:00 EST, give participants a chance to hear about the week's legislative developments, and upcoming issues that advocates and families should follow.

The next "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call will be held on Friday, March 16th at 4:00 ET. Please join us! To join the call, dial 888-670-3525 and use passcode 1057647708.

An audio recording of the March 9th "Let's Talk!" call is online here.

Recording of previous calls are online here.

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!

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