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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

Opening Session and Keynote: Cracked Not Broken with Kevin Hines

Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy internationally. Kevin Hines has gone one to become an award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live (www.kevinhinesstory.com). He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health. Kevin has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and is a recipient of several military Medals.

Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. Thousands have communicated to Hines that his story helped save their lives. Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well. His mantra: “Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present.
Cherish it always.”

Opening Session and Keynote: Cracked Not Broken with Kevin Hines

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

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

At The 14th Annual Family Cafe, The Department of Education’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice  presented information about the John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities. This program
was established to provide Florida parents and students with educational options, and operates under the premise that the parents should make decisions regarding their child’s education. The program offers student-directed funding and parent-directed choices. The presentation included: participation statistics, eligibility requirements, process for filing the intent, parent/student responsibilities, qualification requirements, and public school responsibilities.

To view the presentation in its entirety, use the following links:

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 1

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 2

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 3

John McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Part 4

Assisting Your Digital Native In The Blended Learning Environment

There is no doubt that we are living in a digital-oriented society. We use a multitude of digital items each day. From texting to paying bills online, our accessibility is endless, but technology is not always easy to use. Our children, on the other hand, were born during this digital revolution and thrive in the digital world as only natives would. This presentation will give parents an overview of navigating the online learning community for students with disabilities.

Assisting Your Digital Native In The Blended Learning Environment

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