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Is the Annual Conference 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 19th 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 10,398 individuals in attendance, and a total cost of $465,768 that means The Annual Family Café costs a scant $1.09 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, 54 presentations, approximately 26% of the total number, were delivered by State of Florida employees.  Additionally, several state agencies had tables in the Exhibit Hall, including the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Education and the Department of Health Children's Medical Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Division of Emergency Management, the Division of Blind Services, ABLE Unitied and CareerSource Florida.

Additionally, the Annual Family Café is a unique source of information and resources for approximately 27% 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 90% 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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