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Registration for 19th Annual Family Café Now Open

February 20, 2017

It’s time once again for the Family Café Annual Conference June 16-18 in Orlando.


The Family Café conference has served for 19 years as Florida’s premiere event for persons with disabilities and offers numerous educational and networking opportunities for self-advocates. Registration is now open.


Since 1998 Florida has come together every June to network, to share, and to learn. For those who are new, here is a little background on the Family Café. It holds several core values which define it as an organization. They are as follows:

  • To provide better information and access to resources for those with disabilities statewide.

  • To provide individuals a place to network, share information, influence public policy and the way services are delivered.

  • Family Café believes that the individual is more important than governmental procedure and that individuals deserve to live in an environment of excellence as opposed to an environment of adequacy.

  • Finally, Family Café believes that all individuals deserve equal opportunities to live the life of their choosing despite a person disability; this includes everything from social activities to gainful employment. 

This year’s conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Highlights of the event include three days of catching up with old friends and making new ones, unprecedented access to public officials, and great guest speakers. There is no registration fee for persons with disabilities and their family members as Family Café strives to be as accessible as possible. 


More information can be found at the Family Café website here, including how to apply for financial assistance on the registration form. Do not miss this great opportunity for networking and education. Come and join fellow self-advocates and register today!


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FL SAND and Florida Self-Advocacy Central are sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

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