The Orlando Sentinal’s staff wrtier, Rebecca Beitsch, has called the Family CAFE a lifeline to families with children who have special needs.  For an entire article she has written in this regard visit:
Rebecca Beitsch can be reached at 407-540-3548 or rbeitsch@orlandosentinel.com.
This is an e-mail I received from The Family CAFE regarding their new CAN initiative.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the one we’ve been waiting for. We re the change that we seek. Barack Obama
 
It is a simple message, but an important one. If we want to make a difference, we have to have the courage to stand up and speak out.
 
The Family Cafe has a great new way for individuals with disabilities and their families to speak out for change: The Family Cafe CAN initiative!
 
CAN, the Change Agent Network, exists to provide a vehicle for us to make our voices part of the conversation that shapes the policies that affect the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families everyday.
 
It’s been less than a month since we launched CAN, and we’re building momentum. In the coming months, we hope to have over 2,500 very active members! We will make a difference by using our voice to make a real difference for the more than 3.5 million people with disabilities living in our state!
 
We CAN organize this campaign. The result? We will have people everywhere that will be more engaged than at any time in recent history and we will be competitive with other organizations and agencies. Given what’s at stake – the well-being of individuals with disabilities, our love ones who need services – it is extremely important that we seize the moment and press forward to get even more of the community involved.
 
Too often, people with disabilities are left out of the policy-making process that shapes the lives of many families in our state. It can be intimidating for one person to speak out, take action, and feel like they have a genuine impact, but its worth noting that with all our efforts and working together we CAN make a real difference!
 
Having thousands of CAN members investing time and resources in this movement is a critical key to getting real power, and having a meaningful impact on the way the needs of individuals with disabilities are met in Florida.
 
Here’s what we want to accomplish:
  • Bring together our abilities and talents to advocate for a system that is responsive to all disability issues,
  • Call for meaningful system reform measures,
  • Take the lead in our communities,
  • Share information to help families become effective players with their communities,
  •  Develop statewide networks to organize and discuss the issues that are most important to families,
  • Create a united position on a number of critical disability policy issues.
If you would like to take the next step on the road to active advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families join us today. Together we CAN make a real difference. To become a part of CAN, simply visit www.familycafe.net/CAN/ and complete the registration form. Start making a difference today!
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support,
 
The Family Cafe