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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.


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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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