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The 16th Annual Family Cafe Video

The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Florida’s Governor, Rick Sott joined Family Café attendees for a conversation on trends and policies that impact the disability community at The 16th Annual Family Cafe. This presented a unique opportunity to hear directly from Florida’s leading elected official. The Governor was joined by State Senator Bill Galvano, who represents District 26, and Chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities and supporter of The Family Café, and he was able to share a legislative perspective on Florida’s disability policy.

The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Friday Keynote with Dan Marino and Tonier Cain

Friday June 6th at The 16th Annual Family Cafe featured a two-part keynote, with NFL great Dan Marino and trauma survivor and advocate Tonier Cain. Dan Marino shared his personal experience as the parent of a child with autism, and discussed the work being done by The Dan Marino Foundation to help people with disabilities. Tonier Cain shared her personal story of trauma and recovery, and offered insight into how asking what happened to a person can be much more illuminating that asking what is "wrong" with them.

Friday Keynote with Dan Marino and Tonier Cain

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Ed and Student Services, FDOE

In this session, Dr. Verra-Tirado provides participants with an update on the latest initiatives and activities of the Bureau, which administers education programs for students with disabilities, coordinates student services throughout the state, and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Ed and Student Services, FDOE

Meet APD Director Barbara Palmer

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Barbara Palmer director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in August 2012. Since then, APD has moved 1,600 people off the waiting list and ended the fiscal year without a deficit. Come and hear about Director Palmer’s priorities for the agency in 2014 and beyond.

Meet APD Director Barbara Palmer

Friday Keynote: A New Day in Public Health

The Friday morning keynote at The 16th Annual Family Cafe was delivered by Florida Surgeon General Armstrong. John H. Armstrong, MD, State Surgeon General and Secretary for the Florida Department of Health, has been a national leader in health policy and advocacy for over 20 years. Under Dr. Armstrong’s leadership, the Florida Department of Health works to ensure all Floridians have access to the resources and services they need to lead healthy lives. By focusing the Department’s vision to make Florida the healthiest state in the nation, he inspires efforts including partnerships that promote the health of all people in Florida and advocates for children, adults and families managing disabilities and special health needs.

A New Day in Public Health

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