This Year's Annual Family Cafe
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE 22nd ANNUAL FAMILY CAFE IS NOW OPEN
Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, The Annual Family Café offers families exposure to a wide range of public and private resources, opportunities to find support by networking with other families, and unprecedented access to policy-making officials.
The 22nd Annual Family Cafe will be held on June 5-7, 2020 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!
Online registration for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is now open. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
The Family Cafe remains committed to connecting attendees with information and resources at minimal cost, so there is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members.
The Family Cafe also offers limited financial assistance to provide for the cost of hotel accommodations on-site at The Annual Family Cafe. Attendees can request assistance as part of the registration process. Financial assistance is distributed through a lottery process; whether you register online, by mail, or by fax, your odds of receiving assistance are the same. In order to be considered for Financial Assistance, make sure you are registered by Friday, April 3rd!
The Registration Brochure for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is available for download here. It includes information on the event and how to register. Please feel free to share it with anyone in your community that might be interested in our event!
The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 21st Annual Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants!
Want to know more about what to expect at The Annual Family Cafe? Take a look at the event program for The 21st Annual Family Cafe, which was held in June of 2019.
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The 22nd Annual Family Cafe promises to be a truly remarkable event for Floridians with disabilities and their families, and we very much hope you will be able to attend!
See you in June!
The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast - Episode 2: Coronavirus and Disability
The second installment in The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast is now available!
With Floridians with disabilities trying to figure out how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, this episode focuses on the experience one self-advocate had getting tested and living through quarantine. Sheltering in place can be tough for anyone, but for people with disabilities and their families, things can be even more complicated. Check out our podcast to hear the story of how one person got through it, and get some advice about how to take care of yourself in this difficult time.
Check out Episode 2 of The Family Cafe Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast here.
If you'd like to listen Episode 1 with Jack Levine, you can find it here.
The April CAN Newsletter
The Family Cafe is pleased to bring you the latest edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter.
It will probably come as no surprise to you that we decided to dedicate this issue of the CAN newsletter to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have included important information from the Florida Department of Health, and a reminder about the need to ensure equal educational opportunity for students with disabilities as school districts move to online learning. As this situation presents unique challenges for people with disabilites, we also share some things to keep in mind for that specific population.
Remember, you can find reliable information on what's happening and how to make good decisions for public health and your own wellbeing from the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Please do your best to keep yourself and your loved ones safe!
You can find the April edition of the CAN newsletter online here.
Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 22nd Annual Family Cafe
Exhibit space is now available for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe, to be held June 5-7, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando!
The Annual Family Cafe is the ideal place to connect thousands of people with disabilities with your product, service or resource. It brings together a remarkably large audience of people with disabilities and their families, all of whom are searching for solutions to improve their quality of life. Last year's event attracted 12,842 registered attendees, and The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is sure to draw an equally large crowd.
To reserve your place in our Exhibit Hall, simply complete the Exhibitor Form and send it to us by fax or email.
Space is also available for Micro-Enterprises. A Micro-Enterprise is a small business owned and operated by a person with a disability. To see if your business qualifies, and to reserve a space, see the Micro-Enterprise Form.
We'll look forward to seeing you in Orlando in June!
Join the "Let's Talk!" Weekly Legislative Conference Call Every Friday During Session
2020! It's a new year, and a new decade, but one thing hasn't changed: The Family Cafe's "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call Series is still here, every Friday at 4:00 PM ET during Florida's 60-day legislative session, to keep you up to speed on everything happening in Tallahassee!
The final call in the "Let's Talk!" series was held on March 20th. You can listen to an audio recording of it here.
You can listen to all of the recording of this year's calls here.
It's our belief that people with disabilities should make their voices heard in the lawmaking process, and the first step to getting involved is to know about the issues and where they stand. Make sure you're informed by learning about the latest developments on the "Let's Talk!" Legislative Conference Call!
Attend The 2020 FROM Pre-Con
The Family Cafe invites all family-run organization leaders and advocates to a special pre-conference event hosted by the Family-Run Organization Movement. The mission of FROM is to engage, support, empower and advocate for family, youth and peer-run organizations.
No matter where your family-run organization is in the nonprofit life cycle, FROM has an exciting opportunity for you: a day-long event valuable for both startups and seasoned organizations, and all those in between. Join us for the FROM pre-con to assess your status, plan your next steps, figure out your roadblocks and opportunities, and leave with an action plan for moving your family-run organization forward.
The registration fee for the FROM pre-con is $25, which includes a catered luncheon. This popular event is sure to fill up quickly, so act soon! Find the registration form here.
Awaken to Action: The 2020 Women's Summit
The Family Cafe invites you to attend The 2020 Women's Summit: Awaken to Action for Yourself & Others.
The Women's Summit is a pre-conference training event designed specifically for women and female caregivers of people with disabilities. At the 2020 Women's Summit, you will learn ways to inspire the heart to take action for yourself and others. Keynote Speaker Paula Petry, PhD will share her message, "A Mother's Courage to Awaken." Join her as she travels down the yellow brick road to discover her inner power and the magic that lies in all of us. Other presentations will include "Acupuncture & Sound," "Food Choices & Gut Health," "Unleash Your Inner Power," "Brain Wellness," and "Restorative Yoga." You will return home refreshed and revitalized with information and practices that transform lives.
The registration fee for the Women's Summit is $25, which includes a catered luncheon. This popular event is sure to fill up quickly, so act soon! Find the registration form here.
Welcome to The Disability Advocacy Hour Podcast!
The Family Cafe is pleased to announce the first episode of our new PODCAST - "The Disability Advocacy Hour!"
Our first guest is long-time disability advocate Jack Levince, who shares tips about how to get your voice heard, and stories from his years of advocacy in Tallahassee.
We're looking forward to exploring a wide range of issues facing people with disabilites and their families on upcoming episodes of the podcast. If there's something you'd like to hear about, please let us know!
For now, we hope you enjoy Episode 1 of "The Disability Advocacy Hour!" You can find it on our Soundcloud here.