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The 19th Annual Family Cafe Videos

The 19th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

At The 19th Annual Family Cafe, the organization continued its tradition of connecting Annual Family Café attendees with elected officials and policy makers at the highest level of government to foster a productive dialogue about the issues facing Floridians with disabilities and the impact public policy has on their daily
lives. The Annual Governor’s Summit on Disabilities presents a unique opportunity to hear from leaders of both the Executive and Legislative branches of our state government, as well as representatives of multiple State Agencies that serve people with disabilities in our state.

Governor Rick Scott was elected to office in 2010, and is now in his second term as Florida’s chief executive. He was joined by leaders from State Agencies that serve Floridians with disabilities. Together, they shared their vision for Florida's service delivery system, and their thoughts on building more inclusive, accessible communities throughout Florida.

The 19th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Understanding APD Services

This session from The 19th Annual Family Cafe provides insight into how APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. It includes discussion of how APD provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services. Identify creative supports that may be available for individuals with a development disability. Acquire how one can become a client with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and learn the benefits of being a client. Companionship services, personal assistance, job coaching, personal trainer, and self-advocacy training are just a few.

Understanding APD Services

Florida's Behavioral Health System for Children, Youth and Young Adults

Florida’s behavioral health system has undergone significant changes over the last five years, resulting in a system that is confusing and challenging for parents, caregivers and professionals assisting them.  This presentation from The 19th Annual Family Cafe provides an overview of Florida’s current behavioral health system for children, youth, and young adults.  Participants learn about what agencies provide behavioral health services, what services and supports are covered by the Department of Children and Families, and how to access them. In addition, the presenters provide resource information targeted to parents, caregivers and youth.

Florida's Behavioral Health System for Children, Youth and Young Adults

Mental Health and Secondary Transition: What Families Need to Know

Youth with mental health disabilities are often at risk for dropping out of high school, leading to poor post-school outcomes, such as employment and post-secondary education. This presentation provides an overview of the role mental health plays in secondary transition for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities (E/BD) or mental health concerns, including key elements of a successful transition. Utilizing expertise from two discretionary projects, one focused on supporting students with E/BD (SEDNET), and one focused on secondary transition (Project 10), the presentation is tailored to identify resources and supports available to students and families during secondary transition.

Mental Health and Secondary Transition: What Families Need to Know

Opening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand

America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win

If you’re mad as hell at the political process and don’t want to take it anymore, you’re not alone. In 2015, a Pew Charitable Trusts survey found that 74 percent of Americans believed that most elected officials didn’t care what people like them thought. In the 2016 presidential election, people vented those frustrations with their votes. The November results confirmed that Americans are tired of politics as usual.

While it is not surprising that Americans would channel their frustrations into contenders pledging to end business as usual, you don’t have to pin your hopes for change on candidates. Nor should you throw in the towel on democracy, and simply assume that you
can’t fight City Hall. In America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and attorney Chris Hand show us how to discover, build, and flex our citizenship muscles. In their step-by-step guide, Graham and Hand empower Americans to become change agents for the betterment of their communities.

Do you want to be a participant, rather than a spectator, in the arena of democracy? Is your goal to preserve health care options? Persuade your local government to improve access for people with disabilities? Better advocate for families? Then please join Graham and Hand for a conversation about America, the Owner’s Manual that will give you the confidence that you can make governments work for you, not the other way around. As Graham and Hand write,
citizens “do have a say about what the government does—if they learn, master, and practice the skills of effective citizenship.”

Opening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris HandOpening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand

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