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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 ( 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

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

Mental Health and Executive Functioning

In this session, attendees are given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the development of executive functions, why they matter and how to enhance executive functions. Participants are presented with specific strategies not only to recognize weaknesses but specific strategies to enhance them.

Mental Health and Executive Functioning


Raising the Bar on Transitioning to Adulthood and Employment

For parents of teens with disabilities, it may seem that pursuing employment is a bit like having a joust with a windmill: it is an impossible dream. But what if the impossible dream were possible? What if successful transition to adulthood with a higher education and/or a career that provides self-sufficiency were possible? Come join us for a conversation about raising the bar on expectations for transition to adulthood. Let’s chase the impossible dream together by exploring Vocational Rehabilitation, the Division of Blind Services, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, accommodations and more.

View "Raising the Bar on Transitioning to Adulthood and Employment" here.

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