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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

The 17th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

The Family Café is committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to connect with policy makers and elected leaders. We believe that engagement between people with disabilities and those that set the policies that profoundly impact their lives is essential.

At The 17th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities, attendees had a chance to hear directly from representatives of the State Agencies that serve them.

The 17th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Friday Keynote: A Screening of Lives Worth Living

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Opening Keynote at The 17th Annual Family Cafe featured a screeing of the film Lives Worth Living hosted by producer Alison Gilkey  and director Eric Neudel. This film tells the story of the disability rights movement through first-hand accounts from courageous activists that fought to bring the ADA into being.

Friday Keynote: A Screening of Lives Worth Living

Keynote Address with Jennifer Adams

Crowned Ms. Wheelchair America in 2014, Jennifer Adams' motivational speaking company, SHIFT: Motivation Beyond Limitations, champions a message of acceptance, diversity, adaptability and innovation, and her non-profit organization, Making Dreams Come True, provides opportunities and resources to people with extra abilities by organizing sports adventures through partnerships with various adaptive sports programs.

Jennifer’s passion is to encourage people with extra-abilities to take their gifts and talents out into the world and break down barriers of discrimination. “When we (people with extra-abilities) show the world
our talents and strengths, disabilities dissolve and abilities shine forth.”

In this keynote address from The 19th Annual Family Cafe, she shares a powerful message that provides guidance for the journey towards discovering your identity, in the context of self-advocacy.

Keynote Address with Jennifer Adams

Getting the Services You Need From the Agency for Persons with Disabilities

This session from The 19th Annual Family Cafe provides advocacy tips for individuals who are applying for or receiving services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. The presentation focuses on topics which include: preparing for your APD application, when to request a crisis application if on the Medicaid Waiver Waitlist, and how do to make a significant additional needs funds request. The session also provides a general overview on how to request and prepare for an appeal following a denial or service reduction.

Getting the Services You Need From the Agency for Persons with Disabilities

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