Open Call: Presentation Proposals for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe
The Family Cafe is now accepting Presentation Proposals for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe!
The Family Cafe is now accepting presenter proposals for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, which will be held June 15-17, 2018 in Orlando. We would like to invite all qualified, knowledgeable individuals to submit proposals for breakout sessions at our signature event.
The Annual Family Cafe typically includes 180+ individual breakout sessions, addressing a wide range of disability-related topics, from information on specific disabilities, to financial management, youth issues, special education and assistive technology. (For a sampling of the sessions we have offered in the past, you can view programs from previous years in our Publications section.) Last year's Annual Family Cafe attracted more than 10,000 attendees, and we fully expect to have another large crowd of Floridians with disailbities and their family members on hand in June, 2018.
This year we are making the Presentation Proposal Form available in two formats.
Proposals must be submitted by January 12, 2018. All proposals will be reviewed by The Family Cafe Planning Committee, which will notify presenters of their status in January. If you elect to submit your proposal in hard copy, you can submit it by fax to 850/224-4674, by e-mail attachment to email@example.com, or by mail to The Family Cafe, 820 E. Park Ave. Suite F-100, Tallahassee, FL 32301. If you choose to submit your proposal using the online form, it is not necessary to submit a hard copy.
Please feel free to duplicate the Presenter Proposal Form and share it with any interested parties in your community. We are looking forward to having yet another comprehensive, informative conference with a range of sessions that address the real-world needs and concerns of our attendees, and we are grateful for whatever help you can offer in making that happen.
Reserve Your Exhibit Space at The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe
Exhibit space is now available for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe, to be held June 15-17, 2018 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 an remarkably large audience of families, all of whom are searching for ways to improve the quality of life for their loved ones with disabilities. Last year's event attracted more than 10,000 registered attendees, and The 20th Anniversary 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 reserves space, see the Micro-Enterprise Form. We'll look forward to seeing you in Orlando in June!
This Year's Annual Family Cafe
The Family Cafe invites you to attend Florida's premier event for people with disabilities, The Annual Family Cafe!
Next year's 20th Annual Family Cafe will be held on June 15-17, 2018 in Orlando. We hope to see you there!
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 19th Annual Family Cafe was held on June 16-18, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. You can view the full program for The 19th Annual Family Cafe online. To view a pdf of the program, click here! If you would like to view event programs from previous years, visit our Publications section.
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, which begins on February 14th.
The Family Cafe will begin the process of inviting Presenters and Exhibitors to participate in The 20th Annual Family Cafe in the fall of 2017. Please join our mailing list for regular updates and additional information. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
The 20th 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!
Pictures from The 18th Annual Family Cafe
The Family Cafe is pleased to share more than 800 photos from The 18th Annual Family Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Orlando this past June! From the Thursday pre-conference training to the Duck Race and closing Keynote on Sunday, everything that happened at this year's Annual Family Cafe is documented here.
We had a wonderful time hosting the event, and these pictures capture the fun, excitement and camaraderie that can always be found at The Annual Family Cafe. We hope you enjoy looking through them!
On a related note, we have moved all of the photos in The Family Cafe archive to our account on flickr. You can find pictures from every Annual Family Cafe held since 2005 arranged by year.