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.

Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award 

Nominations due

February 26 

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 30, 2021

DD advocacy groups and self-advocates meet in Tallahassee for meetings with legislators. The 2021 event will be held virtually. Email Margaret Hoover at the FDDC for more information:

The Family Cafe Annual Conference

June 11th-13th 2021


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 2021 Class

July 01, 2021
Deadline to apply

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.

2021 FL SAND Conference

July 30-August 1


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.

Florida Youth Council 14th Annual Summit

Late Summer 2021

Self-advocacy summer camp for ages 15-30, typically held at a conference hotel in Orlando. Check back for 2021 details. The Florida Youth Council is a program of Family Café

TASH Annual Conference

December 2-4, 2021

New Orleans

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.

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