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

June 05, 2020

Virtual Event

The Family Cafe Annual Conference

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

July 30- August 1, 2020

Florida Youth Council 13th Annual Summit

Self-advocacy summer camp for ages 15-30, held this year at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. The Florida Youth Council is a program of Family Café.

October 01, 2020

October 1-3, 2020 / Denver Colorado

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered's (SABE) next biannual National Conference is in Denver in October of 2020.  SABE is the primary national organization that organizes and supports state advocacy networks and groups. FL SAND is a SABE member and participates in its programs and planning. 

November 06, 2020

November 6-8 2020/ Orlando, FL

The FL SAND annual conference is for members of FL SAND's local self-advocacy groups and all self-advocates in Florida. 

December 03, 2020

December 3-5, 2020 / Baltimore

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.

February 01, 2021

Nominations due Winter 2021 (TBA)

Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award

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

February 01, 2021

Date TBA Held during 2021 Legislative Session

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

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

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