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What experience do I need to be a Family Café Delegate?

No experience is necessary to become a Family Café Delegate. If you are eager to become more involved in your community, we are eager to help you!

Please contact Lori Fahey at of 1-888-309-CAFE (2233) for more information.

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, 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?

The Family Cafe prides itself on its ability to connect event attendees with a wide range of products, services, and resources in our Exhibit Hall. You can view a list of exhibitors from The 21st Annual Family Cafe in the event program, which is online here. Exhibitor applications for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe will be available in October. If you have any questions about becoming an exhibitor, please call us at (888) 309-2233 (CAFÉ) or send an e-mail to


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

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 21st Annual 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 12,842 individuals in attendance, and a total cost of $575,000 that means The Annual Family Café costs a scant $1.72 an hour for this training per individual.


A Great Value for Florida

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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, 39 presentations 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 (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, CMS Early Steps, and Divison of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support Bureau of Preparedness and Response), 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. 

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