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 email@example.com 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, 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!
Meet Lead Delegate Tim Turner
Tim Turner, the 2007 Silver Spoon Award Winner, was selected to serve in the role of "Lead Delegate" for The Family Cafe Delegate program. In that role, Tim works to manage all of the Delegates' different activities, and to coordinate their advocacy work. By selecting a single Delegate to lead this group of committed volunteers, The Family Cafe hopes to make the entire program more effective, and to increase its impact on both the local and state level.
In his role as Lead Delegate, Tim serves an important role with The Family Café’s newest advocacy program, the Change Agent Network. This effort seeks to unite the disparate voices of individuals with disabilities and their families to effect meaningful systems change on the state level.
In a message to the Delegates, Tim wrote "As we get the Change Agent Network off the ground, we need to work to build our membership through our community contacts and associations. We will also be using Facebook as a means to connect with other stakeholders and interested members of the community. The disability community has suffered budget cuts that hinder our ability to provide the care we need for our loved ones. The Change Agent Network is the way we can change the way the state looks at the disability community. We will no longer sit passively in the background; we will become a single voice to advocate for a better future for individuals with disabilities throughout Florida."