The September CAN Newsletter
The September 2019 edition of our Change Agent Network newsletter is here!
While it might seem like it wasn't that long ago that the state legislative session came to a close, it's already time to start thinking about this year's session, which officially begins in January. In the meantime, there are a series of committee weeks scheduled for the fall. The first article in this month's newsletter reviews the schedule for those committee weeks, and highlights important news about information the legislature has requested from APD as it examines the issue of how best to fund Florida's Home and Community Based Waiver. This is the right time to get your legislator's attention, before the hectic session opens, so we've included links on how to contact your State Senator and Representative.
The newsletter also includes information on the Presentation Proposal process for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe. If you would like to submit a presentation, or if you know someone in your community that would be a good fit for our event, be sure to check out the presentation info here.
Finally, there's an item to provide a preview of our newest initiative, FROM, the Family-Run Organization Movement. The idea behind FROM is to help local and regional family and youth-run organizations develop, thrive, and connect the people they serve with information and resources on a local level, much as The Family Cafe does for the state.
You can check out the latest edition of the CAN Newsletter here!
Submit a Presentation Proposal for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe
The Family Cafe is now accepting Presentation Proposals for The 22nd Annual Family Cafe!
The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 21st Annual Family Cafe attracted some 12,842 participants. They had the opportunity to choose from 220+ classroom size breakout sessions that addressed a wide variety of diability-related topics.
If you want to reach a large audience of people with disabilities, The 22nd Annual Family Cafe is the place to do it!
The success of The Annual Family Cafe relies in large part on the participation of knowledgable, engaged presenters that are willing to share their expertise with our attendees. Please consider being one of those presenters in 2020!
How to Submit a Proposal: Download the Presentation Proposal Form here, complete it, and return it to The Family Cafe by mail, email, or fax; OR you can complete the Presentation Proposal Form online by following this link.
Please feel free to share this notice with anyone in your network that might be interested in making a presentation!
To get a sense of the range of topics typically addressed at The Annual Family Cafe, view the 2019 program online here.
See you in June!
The CAN Newsletter for July
The Family Cafe is pleased to share the July edition of the Change Agent Network newsletter!
This edition of the CAN newsletter features information on preparing for hurricane season, APD's plans for an IBudget redesign, and some thoughts on getting ready for the new school year, especially if you have a transition-age youth in your household.
Remember, the CAN newsletter is all about you, and keeping you connected with the information you need. If you have a suggestion about an issue or topic that you'd like to see addressed in the CAN newsletter, let us know!
Check out the July CAN newsletter here.
Pictures from The 21st Annual Family Cafe
We're excited to let you know that all of the pictures from The 21st Annual Family Cafe are now available in our online photo gallery!
The gallery includes more than 500 images, with shots of everything from the Bag Stuffing on Thursday evening to Sunday's Duck Race. You'll also find all of the pictures of attendees with Senator Galvano and our three keynote speakers, as well as plenty of photos from our Elvis-inspired Saturday night dance. Why not take a minute to relive the fun we had in Orlando this June, and see if you can find yourself in our gallery?
You can view the complete album from The 21st Annual Family Cafe here.
We also have all of our albums available for you to view anytime in our online gallery here
This Year's Annual Family Cafe
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 Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 20th Anniversary Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants!
The 22nd Annual Family Cafe will be held on June 5-7, 2020 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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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!