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Dear Friends,

It’s official, the 2014 Florida Legislative Session has begun! Our elected representatives will be in session until May 2nd, working on a state budget, and tackling issues like Medicaid expansion, changes to the education system and efforts to reduce waitlists for state services.

While all sessions are political, the practice of the politics of the 2014 Session will be intensified, as the Governor, the entire Cabinet, all 120 members of the House, and half of the Senate (20 members) are up for election in November. So, this is the perfect time for advocates in the community to get involved. Let’s talk . . . let’s get informed and let’s get engaged!

 


 

Let’s talk . . . The Family Café is built around the idea that better informed families make better decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

Let’s talk . . . During the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, which beganTuesday, March 4, 2014 and lasts for 60 days, The Family Cafe is providing an opportunity to meet weekly via conference call to discuss the outcomes of Session. Please call in!

Let’s talk . . . During the conference call we will host various speakers, including community leaders, legislative leadership and local activists to share ideas/comments regarding the agencies and programs funded by the state.

Let’s talk . . . This is your call!  We will offer this conference call option every Friday for starting Friday, March 14th  at 4:00 p.m. The call is open to everyone! 

Let’s talk . . . Our  vision of meaningful family engagement in the legislative process can only be successful with the your participation!  Simply call the number below on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Sharing our various, unique perspectives is how we effect change, and how we learn from each other. At such a crucial time, we need to concentrate our strength, power and wisdom in order to insure an improved quality of life for all Floridians. Your input, suggestions and sharing of resources will ultimately make this community as powerful and productive as it should be.

But we can’t do it without you!

Let’s Talk!

Friday, March 14th

4:00 p.m. EST

Dial-in Number:  1-888-670-3525 

 Conference Code 2424632211 followed by the # Key.

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Dear Friend,

The Family Café is excited to let you know that NFL legend and disability advocate Dan Marino will be in attendance at The 16thAnnual Family Caféthis June!

Dan MarinoOf course, Dan Marino is best known for the seventeen seasons he spent as quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, which led to him being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. But did you know that he is also the parent of a child with autism, and an active disability advocate? He and his wife founded The Dan Marino Foundation in 1992 to help children with autism and other disabilities. Since then, the foundation has distributed over $22 million to research, services, and treatment programs. His foundation also established The Dan Marino Center at Miami Children’s Hospital in 1995, and recently launched the Marino Campus in Fort Lauderdale to provide education and training to help young people with disabilities acquire job skills.

Marino Children's centerThe Family Café is pleased to let you know that Dan Marino will be on hand to share his advocacy message, and perhaps some NFL memories, at The Annual Summit on Disabilities on the evening of Friday, June 6th. Governor Rick Scott has also committed to attend, as has long-time Family Café supporter and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Bill Galvano. This year’s Summit is sure to be a memorable occasion, and we definitely want to see you there!

If you haven’t already registered for The 16th Annual Family Café, why not take a minute to do it today? In addition to The Annual Summit on Disabilities with Dan Marino, we have a full slate of informative breakout sessions, a full Exhibit Hall and plenty of family-friendly activities in store. It should be an amazing event!

The 16th Annual Family Café is set for June 6-8 at the Hilton Orlando, and there is no cost for families to attend. We even have limited financial assistance available to cover the cost of on-site accommodations. To register, visit our website. We will look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks,

The Family Cafe

The Family Cafe 888-309-CAFE www.FamilyCafe.net

519 North Gadsden Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
United States

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Dear Friend,

It’s almost time to register online for The Family Café’s “Sweet Sixteen,” The 16th Annual Family Cafe!

Online registration for The 16th Annual Family Café will open on another sweet occasion, Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th at 9:00 AM (EST). At that time, you will be able to visitwww.FamilyCafe.net to register. As part of the registration process, you will also be able to request Financial Assistance to cover the cost of your hotel stay at the Hilton Orlando, host site for The 16th Annual Family Café.

A PDF version of the registration brochure is available on our website right now. It can be viewed by following this link. Feel free to download the brochure and share it with other families in your community! If you wish to send in your registration form immediately instead of waiting until February 14th to register online, you can fax it to us at 850/224-4674 or mail it to The Family Cafe at 519 N Gadsden St., Tallahassee FL 32301.

Remember, Financial Assistance will be distributed through a lottery process. Whether you register online, by fax, or by mail, your chances of receiving Financial Assistance remain the same.

Also, if you register by mail or fax, there is no need to register again online after the online registration form becomes available.

The Family Café’s Sweet Sixteen will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway in Orlando.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a special conference rate of $109 per night.  To make a reservation, call the Hilton at 407/313-4300. Make sure to mention The Family Café to get the special room rate.

No matter how you register, please remember to mark your calendar for The 16th Annual Cafe! It should be a fantastic Sweet Sixteen weekend with much to offer you and your family. If you have any questions about the event or the registration process, feel free to contact us at 888-309-2233(CAFE) or by replying to this message. Otherwise, we will look forward to seeing you in June!

Thanks,

The Family Cafe

The Family Cafe 888-309-CAFE www.FamilyCafe.net

519 North Gadsden Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
United States

This is the newsletter, I received from The Family Cafe.  You will enjoy seeing the online gallery.  

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Dear Friend,

We are pleased to let you know that the pictures from The 14th Annual Family Cafe this past June are now available online! To check out all of the nearly 300 images from the event, visit our online gallery today!

There are pictures from every day at The 14th Annual Family Cafe, including the pre-event mental health training, volunteer bag stuffing, the various keynotes, Gatorland’s visit to the Exhibit Hall, the Saturday night dance and Sunday’s duck race.

So please take a minute to browse our gallery. If you were on hand, you might see yourself in there! And if you weren’t able to make it this year, at least you will get a taste of what The Family Cafe had to offer this time around. We definitely hope to see everyone again in 2013!

Yours,

The Family Cafe

PS If the link doesn’t work for you, cut and past this address into your browser:
http://www.familycafe.net/gallery/index.php/The-14th-Annual-Family-Cafe

Dear Friends,

Let’s talk!The Family Café has been constructed around the idea that better informed families make better decisions for themselves and their loved ones. So we would like to offer you a chance to become better informed through weekly conference calls during the 2012 Regular Legislative Session!

During the 2012 Regular Legislative Session, which begins on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 and last for 60 days, The Family Café will host a weekly conference call to discuss the outcomes of Session for that week.

Let’s talk!Please call in!  The Family Café will provide a recap of what our state Legislative leadership is doing, and how it will impact all of us.  Please call in!

Let’s talk!  Each conference call will feature various speakers, community leaders, legislative experts and local activists that will share a variety of thought provoking ideas and comments regarding the agencies and programs funded by the state.

Let’s talk! Such a grand mission can only be successful with your participation!  Simply call the number below on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Your input, suggestions and resource sharing will ultimately make this community as powerful and productive as it can be. At such a crucial time, we need to concentrate our strength, power and wisdom in order to insure an improved quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities.

Let’s talk! This is your call!  We will offer this conference call option every Friday for starting Friday, January 13th at 4:00 p.m.  The call is open to everyone! 

But we can’t do it without you!

Let’s talk!

Friday, January 13, 2012

4:00 p.m. EST

Dial-in Number:  1-888-808-6959 

Conference Code 2244670 followed by the # Key.

Sharing our various, unique perspectives is how we learn from each other, and ultimately affect change. To that end, we want to provide a variety of other methods to share, including social networking through FaceBookand Twitter at @TheFamilyCafe. The world is a much smaller place when more people can hear you. So let’s talk!

Dear Friend,

The Family Cafe is now on Twitter!

Twitter is a great way to get frequent updates with news and information on disability issues, policy developments in Tallahassee and upcoming Family Cafe events. If you have a Twitter account, please start following us at@TheFamilyCafe today!

To learn more about Twitter and how it works, and to create an account, visitTwitter.com.

Yours,

The Family Cafe

 

The Family Cafe
888-309-CAFE
http://www.FamilyCafe.net

1332 N. Duval St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
United States
The Family Cafe is very excited to announce that we have been awarded
a federal grant to serve as Florida’s Family to Family Health
Information Center! This grant from the US Department of Health and
Human Services will support our efforts to provide families in our
state with accurate, relevant information for families of children and
youth with special health care needs.
 
This program fits in very well with the activities that The Family
Cafe is already engaged in, and we are looking forward to providing
Floridians with all kinds of useful information over the course of the
grant.
 
The beginning of this program coincides with the six-month anniversary
of the Affordable Care Act. As you may have heard in the news, many
important provisions are now in effect. As we get the Family to Family
program up to speed, we thought that sharing some information about
the changes in the law would be a great place to start!
 
One of our grant partners, Families USA, has a lot of information
collected in one place. Please take a moment to check out their
Patients Bill of Rights page
. It has a lot of information about the changes, including new rules
about pre-existing conditions, annual and lifetime limits, and
limitations on insurers’ ability to cancel your policy.
 
This is an exciting time for all of us, and The Family Cafe is looking
forward to being your source for reliable information and essential
resources to help you take care of your family. We will be telling you
much more about what we have in store soon, but in the meantime,
please check out the Families USA resources!
 
Yours,
 
The Family Cafe