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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.

The Family Cafe Annual Conference

June 14-16, 2024

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.

Partners in Policy Making 2024 Class

June 30, 2024
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.

The Arc of Florida Advocacy Days

September 13-15, 2024

2nd Annual Advocacy Days: The Future of Disabilities

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista. Disability gathering for The Arc of Florida Chapters, colleagues, families, caregivers, and self-advocates.  

Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award

Applications due
Winter 2025

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

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

March 11, 2025


DD advocacy groups and self-advocates meet in Tallahassee for meetings with legislators. Email Margaret Hooper at the FDDC for more information:

Florida Self-Advocacy Conference

August 2025

The Florida Self-Advocacy Conference is for members of FL SAND's local self-advocacy groups and all self-advocates in Florida. Held every other year, it is the largest gathering of self-advocates and their allies in Florida.

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