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FAQs

How do you select topics for breakout sessions?

The sessions included in The Annual Family Café are selected by The Family Cafe Planning Committee. This group, which is composed of community partners, The Family Café Delegates, and members of The Family Café Board of Directors, selects presentations for inclusion in The Annual Family Cafe from presentation proposals that are submitted in the fall.

The Planning Committee does its best to put together a program that will benefit a wide range of people and provide information on a large number of topics. We are happy to consider proposals regarding any appropriate topic. If you know of anyone that may be willing to present at The Annual Family Café, please encourage them to submit a presentation proposal through The Family Café website, www.FamilyCafe.net. The Family Café can only choose from the proposals it receives, so we are relying on you to encourage qualified presenters to apply!

How do I become an exhibitor for The Annual Family Cafe?

Exhibitor applications for The 21st Annual Family Cafe are currently available on our site here. If you have any questions about becoming an exhibitor, please call us at (888) 309-2233 (CAFÉ) or send an e-mail to info@familycafe.net.

 

Is The Annual Family Cafe a good value for the State of Florida?

Yes! The Annual Family Café provides a great deal of benefit at an extremely low cost. For example, The 20th Anniversary Family Café consisted of 25.5 hours of total training/information/instruction time, with 17.75 hours of that being direct training (actual session and keynote time). With 11,840 individuals in attendance, and a total cost of $523,503 that means The Annual Family Café costs a scant $1.73 an hour for this training per individual.

 

A Great Value for Florida

Training Hours

25.5

2017 Attendees

11,840

Conference Cost

$523,503

Cost per hour per attendee

$1.73

 

The Annual Family Café also provides a uniquely valuable outlet for State Agencies to meet their parent training and information dissemination objectives in their state contracts. Last year, 70 presentations, approximately 34% of the total number, were delivered by State of Florida employees.  Additionally, several state agencies had tables in the Exhibit Hall, including the ABLE United, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health (Early Steps, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, Newborn Screening Program, Chronic Disease Prevention, CMS Plan and Specialty Programs), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Division of Blind Services, Volunteer Florida and CareerSource Florida.

Additionally, the Annual Family Café is a unique source of information and resources for approximately 29% of attendees that report being on a waitlist for services from state agencies, including the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to collect accurate information about the availability and nature of state services from a number of agencies, and to develop strategies to meet their needs during the period between application for state services and actually beginning to receive them.  Additionally, some 93% of individuals with disabilities live with their families. It therefore makes sense to provide information, training and resources on a family by family basis, so the natural supports an individual with a disability enjoys through their family can be leveraged to their benefit. 

How Do I Become a Family Café Delegate?

Lead Delegate Tim Turner

The Family Cafe Delegates are a network of volunteers and community leaders from all areas of Florida. They help disseminate information about available supports and services, and connect The Family Cafe with local communities throughout the state.

To learn more about The Family Cafe Delegates, including how to apply, contact Lead Delegate Tim Turner at mpowerconsulting@aol.com.

What does my organization receive by being an exhibitor at The Annual Family Cafe?

Your exhibit space will consist of a 10' x 10' booth space, with a skirted six foot table, two chairs, pipe and drape, signage, and electricity. Your payment also entitles you to two complimentary professional registrations for the event.

Your organization will recieve exposure to over 10,000 individuals with disabilities and their family members from communities throughout Florida, all gathered in a single location for three days. There is no better way to increase your organization's profile and reach this valuable market than coming to The Annual Family Cafe!

In addition to the opportunity to directly contact attendees in the Exhibit Hall, your organization's information will also be listed in our conference program and the event smartphone app, ensuring that attendees will be able to reach you for follow-up conversations after the event.

 

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