Self-Advocacy Events & Conferences

FL SAND Local Grassroots Group Meetings


FL SAND local groups meet regularly in their communities. See the FL SAND local group page to find a group in your community.

Partners in Policy Making 2022 Class

June 30, 2022
Application Deadline

Partners in Policy Making is a leadership and advocacy training program that teaches individuals with developmental disabilities and parents to become community leaders and catalysts for systems change.

Florida Youth Council 15th Annual Summit

August 5-6, 2022

Self-advocacy summer camp for ages 15-30, typically held at a conference hotel in Orlando. The Florida Youth Council is a program of Family Café.

TASH Annual Conference

December 1-3, 2022

The TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. Limited financial assistance may be available.

Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award

2023 Date TBA 

Annual self-advocacy and leadership award given by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council at Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the State Capitol. Virtual 2021 & 2022. 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

2023 Date TBA 

DD advocacy groups and self-advocates meet in Tallahassee for meetings with legislators. The 2022 event will be virtual. Email Margaret Hoover at the FDDC for more information:

The Family Cafe Annual Conference

June 9-11, 2023

The Annual Family Cafe brings together thousands of Floridians with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training, and networking each June. Limited financial assistance can be applied for as part of the registration process, which begins in February.

FL SAND Conference

2023 Date TBA

The FL SAND biennial conference is for members of FL SAND's local self-advocacy groups and all self-advocates in Florida. It's the largest gathering of self-advocates and their allies in Florida.

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