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January 23, 2017   6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Central Time
 Free Tobacco-Cessation Classes
Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola will offer a free, six-week tobacco-cessation program beginning Jan. 19 and Jan. 23 for persons who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. Quit Smoking Now (QSN) provides structured classes in a supportive, stress- free environment. Step by step, tobacco-users will learn how to replace their nicotine habit with healthy alternatives.
The two-hour classes will be offered on Thursday mornings beginning Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) and Monday nights beginning Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Classes will be held in the Carmel Heights Building on the Sacred Heart Hospital campus. The Carmel Heights Building is located at 5225 Carmel Heights Dr. near the Pediatric Care Center. A new series of classes will begin every seven weeks.
To register for tobacco-cessation classes, or for more information, please call 416-7764.


Event Organizer
Sacred Heart Hospital

Event Contact Information:
Carmel Heights Building Sacred Heart Hospital campus
5225 Carmel Heights Dr. near Pediatric Care Center
Pensacola FL 32504
850-416-7764
www.sacred-heart.org/news

January 23, 2017   12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Eastern Time
 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program presentation
Presentation: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program by Rose Mintern, Senior Tax Consultant; Leon County Sustainable Communities Summit: Exploring our Backyard by Tessa Schreiner, Recycling and Sustainability Manager. Community Conversation with Courtney Atkins & Holly McPahil. Lunch provided. Register at wholechildleon@gmail.com or call 850-487-7316

Event Organizer
Professional Network-PACT Partnership Community Conversation

Event Contact Information:
Wesson Media Center
2813 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee FL
850-487-7316

Event Coordinator
Courtney Atkins
wholechildleon@gmail.com

January 24, 2017   10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Embedding Literacy Activities in Out of School Programs
Join us for an interactive workshop featuring strategies on embedding literacy activities into all elements of your programs. We'll showcase helpful literacy resources, plan program activities with Florida's Language Standards in mind, and engage in educational hands-on activities that are easily incorporated into homework time, clubs and centers, and parent engagement activities.

RSVP by January 24.


Event Organizer
Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County

Event Contact Information:
546 NW University Blvd, Suite 201
Port St. Lucie FL 34986
772-408-1100
www.cscslc.org/event/detail/pid/32/id/270/instance/20170131?utm_source=Children%27s+Services+

January 24, 2017   10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Time
 Early Steps Bay County Play Group Event
Cost $5.00. Let them know if you need a scholarship for the cost. There will be face painting, snack, and fun-time on the jungle gym. The parents will be able to visit with one another while the kids are having a blast. Please RSVP with Danielle Peardon at 850-747-5411 ext 1320 or Danielle.peardon@chsfl.org by January 20th

Event Organizer
Monkey Business (Pier Park)

Event Contact Information:
Monkey Business (Pier Park)
101 Blue Fish Drive, Suite 100
Panama City FL 32413
850-747-5411 Ext. 1320

Event Coordinator
Danielle Peardon
Danielle.peardon@chsfl.org

January 24, 2017   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Dynamic Futures Career Expo
Exclusive Events for young adults ages 16-24. Pre-registration required. Register to interview with local businesses for open jobs and paid internships. Business attire required to attend. Call 850-617-4512 or email resume to dynamicfutures@careersourcecapitalregion.com

Event Organizer
CareerSource Capital Region

Event Contact Information:
Dynamic Futures Career Expo
2601 Blairstone Road, Bldg C, Suite 200
Tallahassee FL 32301
850-617-4512
dynamicfutures@careersourcecaptialregion.com

January 24, 2017   5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Central Time
 Information Fair for Parents & Guardians of Children with Special Needs
This information fair will provide families the unique opportunity to obtain information from multiple agencies and organizations in one location. Provide time for families to visit with agencies and organizations. Increase awareness of services available in the Pensacola Area and State of Florida. Representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information vital to coordinating care and services for children with disabilities. Refreshments will be available and child care will be provided.

Event Organizer
Escambia Westgate School

Event Contact Information:
Escambia Westgate School
10050 Ashton Brosnaham Road
Pensacola FL 32534
850-494-5700

Event Coordinator
Escambia Westgate

January 25, 2017   5:30 PM - 7:45 PM Eastern Time
 Touchdown to Transition
This event is for middle and high school students that are receiving special education services and families and professional that provide those services. Tailgating- 6:00- Meet and greet community resources; Kickoff-6:30 dinner and student/agency success stories. Wear your Favorite Team's Colors!!! Door Prizes!!! Register at http://bit.do/Touchdown2Transtion For questions or needed accommodations, contact Beth Williams at williamse@leonschools.net 487-7331 or Chris Heron at heronc@leonschools.net 487-7135

Event Organizer
Big Bend Transition Council

Event Contact Information:
Howell Center
3955 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee FL 32304
850-561-6547
http://bit.do/Touchdown2Transition

Event Coordinator
Beth Williams
williamse@leonschools.net

January 26, 2017   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time
 Jacksonville Transportation Authority Travel Training
January Skills Training for all individuals with disabilities. Learn about what's new at JTA. How to use the JTA app, and all about the STAR Card. JTA will be answer all questions at the end of the presentation.
Pursuant to the ADA, accommodations for persons with disabilities are available if requested 1 to 2 business days ahead of the event. Dial our ADA Coordinator at the phone number listed below for voice or TTY.
Must register to attend, as space is limited to the first 30 people to call or email.


Event Organizer
JTA and NE Florida Independent Living Resource Center [ILRC]

Event Contact Information:
The ILRC of Northeast Florida
2709 Art Museum Drive
Jacksonville FL 32207
904-399-8484
http://www.theilrc.org/

Event Coordinator
Tracie Inman
info@theILRC.org

January 26, 2017   2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
 Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services
Vocational Rehabilitation is offering new transition services for students! Come find out about the new STAR (Student Transition Activity Record) program being at VR! Also, learn about other pathways to VR services and how to best coordinate services with your VR Counselor.

The FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them. CARD’s goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize.


Event Organizer
FAU Card

Event Contact Information:
5353 Parkside Drive
College of Education, Room 201
Jupiter FL

www.eventbrite.com/e/vocational-rehabilitation-transition-services-tickets-29083195621

Event Coordinator
Jennifer Pollack Percival
CARD@fau.edu

January 26, 2017   5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Central Time
 Family Resource Fair
Literacy activities for students. Community Resources. Snacks

Event Organizer
Montclair Elementary School and Escambia County

Event Contact Information:
Montclair Elementary School
820 Massachusetts Ave
Pensacola FL 32505
850-595-6915 Ext. 235

Event Coordinator
Leigh Ann South
lsouth@escambia.k12.fl.us

January 26, 2017   6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Central Time
 Picky Eaters: New Year, New Foods
Come join us to learn about picky eaters and problem feeders, while gaining helpful strategies to implement in your day-to-day activities. Led by Pediatric Speech Pathologist Hanna Lambe, M.S., CCC-SLP- who is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding--this FREE class will provide helpful knowledge to parents and caregivers to increase your child's comfort level with various types of food. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please RSVP at sacred-heart.org/news. Visit sosapproach-conferences.com for more information on SOS Approach.

Event Organizer
Sacred Heart Pediatric Rehabilitation

Event Contact Information:
Sacred Heart Hospital
Greenhut Auditorium
Pensacola FL
850-416-7340
www.sacred-heart.org/news

January 27, 2017   4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Central Time
 Kids Cooking Class
Healthy Recipes, Healthy Food, Healthy Fun. FREE for ages 10-16. You will get easy healthy recipes; food to make each item; Chef Demonstration; Tastings of each recipe. Register with LaToria English at 850-436-5195 or LEnglish@cityofpensacola.com

Event Organizer
Fricker Resource Centre

Event Contact Information:
Fricker Resource Center
900 North F. Street
Pensacola FL
850-436-5195
LEnglish@cityofpensacola.com

January 27, 2017   7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Eastern Time
 Bowling Night for Parent's
Please join us for our first social this year. It is for Parent's only.
Come out and meet other parents and catch up with old friends while bowling.
Ladies against the guys!


Event Organizer
Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization

Event Contact Information:
8501 N University Drive
Tamarac FL
954-825-0400
www.bgcdownsyndrome.org

Event Coordinator
Diane De Braga
jmaia@aol.com

January 28, 2017   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time
 Parent Empowerment Program
This program meets over the course of three consecutive Saturday Mornings (1/14/17, 1/21/17, & 1/28/17). Cost is $120 per person or $180/couple. Our Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) is a hands-on learning opportunity to explore the basics of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and how to apply these techniques in working with children who struggle with problem behaviors, language deficits, and/or social impairments. PEP is taught by a board-certified behavior analyst. This class is open to all families facing autism, no matter where you are receiving treatment, as well as all professionals and community members who interact with a child living with autism or related disorders. Onsite child care is available during the class series. If you need child care, please contact Autism Pensacola at 850-434-7171. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please RSVP at sacred-heart.org/autism

Event Organizer
The Studer Family Children's Hospital Autism Center

Event Contact Information:
Sacred Heart Hospital
Medical Office Building Conference Room (5151 N. Ninth Ave)
Pensacola FL 32504
850-416-4681
sacred-heart.org/autism

January 28, 2017   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
 8th Annual Tallahassee Fitness and Food Festival
This one day festival. FOOD ZONE - exhibitors from the grocery, restaurant, catering and appliance industries COOKING CLASSES - enjoy a hands-on cooking classes with area Executive Chefs COOKING STAGE. FIT FLOOR - Try the latest and best exercise classes with 15 minute sample sessions of Zumba, Thai Chi, Yoga, Line Dancing, Kick-boxing and more. FITNESS ZONE - health and fitness experts representing gyms, personal trainers, sporting stores, dance studios, boutique studios, beauty salons/spas and more are available to help improve the function and shape of your body. REAL TALK SESSIONS - physicians and experts answer "real" questions about the most prevalent chronic diseases like diabetes, diet fads, weight loss barriers and stress. KIDS KORNERS - Two "corner" rooms reserved for kids ages 5 to 8 for fun activities to educate and introduce children to eating healthy and regular exercise. They will enjoy hands-on snack-making and participate in flipping fun-ercise.

Event Organizer
Tallahassee Fitness and Food Festival

Event Contact Information:
Turnbull Conference Center
555 W. Pensacola St.
Tallahassee FL 32301
866-535-3752
www.tallyfitnessfest.com
Tallyfitnessfestival@gmail.com

January 28, 2017   6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Eastern Time
 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Join us for all-you-can eat chili, music, merriment and fun! All proceeds benefit Pyramid Studios. Event entry fee: $5

Want to put your own chili to the taste test? Enter the competition with $25 entry fee.


Event Organizer
Pyramid Studios

Event Contact Information:
May Day Landscape Supply and Services
8075 Apalachee Pwky
Tallahassee FL
850-513-1733
www.pyramidinc.org/index.html

Event Coordinator
Lana Smith
lsmith@pyramidinc.org
Flyer
January 29, 2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time
 Sensory Sunday at Orlando Science Center
Join Orlando Science Center for sensory-friendly experiences on Sunday, January 29!

Sensory Sundays present everything you love about the Science Center while offering a wonderful relief from extra stimuli, giving our visitors a chance to visit select exhibit halls at quieter volume settings with more light.

Sensory Sundays offer families a quieter opportunity to explore the Science Center with less crowds and help prepare their children for future visits that may be busier and louder.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a movie with softer volume and more ambient light in our theater and the Orlando Science Center also offers noise-reducing headphones at the admissions desk on Level 2.

Sensory Sundays offer visitors a chance to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. To help prepare for your visit to Orlando Science Center, please download our Sensory Story Guide at www.osc.org/accessibility


Event Contact Information:
777 E Princeton St
Orlando FL 32803

www.osc.org/about/accessibility/

January 29, 2017   4:00 PM - : Central Time
 Awareness Night at the Hangar
Join Autism Pensacola for a hockey game as the Pensacola Ice Flyers take on the Roanoke Rail-yard Dawgs. Individuals on the spectrum receive a free ticket with the purchase of a companion ticket. $10 each for members; $15 each non-members. The National Anthem will be performed by the talented Reid Soria of Autism Sings, LLC To purchase tickets visit www.autismpensacola.org/news-events/ Every one joining us gets a team hat or t-shirt your choice!

Event Organizer
Autism Pensacola

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Bay Center The Hangar
201 E. Gregory St.
Pensacola FL 32502
850-434-7171
office@autismpensacola.org

January 31, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Seminar 1, Benefits: Participants will learn about benefits for persons with disabilities, including Social Security and Medicaid.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

January 31, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Embedding Literacy Activities in Out of School Programs
Join us for an interactive workshop featuring strategies on embedding literacy activities into all elements of your programs. We'll showcase helpful literacy resources, plan program activities with Florida's Language Standards in mind, and engage in educational hands-on activities that are easily incorporated into homework time, clubs and centers, and parent engagement activities.

RSVP by January 24.


Event Organizer
Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County

Event Contact Information:
546 NW University Blvd, Suite 201
Port St. Lucie FL 34986
772-408-1100
www.cscslc.org/event/detail/pid/32/id/270/instance/20170131?utm_source=Children%27s+Services+

January 31, 2017   2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
 WEBINAR: A Deeper Look at Four New ABLE Programs
With the recent launch of more ABLE plans to choose from, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar focused on introducing you to four of the most recent plans to launch.

Event Organizer
ABLE National Resource Center

Event Contact Information:
Webinar


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February 1, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Broward County Middle School Resource Fair
The Tween Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC) is organizing two Broward County Middle School Resource Fairs during the month of February and we would like to invite you to represent your agency and the valuable work that you do in both events.

Event Organizer
Tween Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC)

Event Contact Information:
18300 Sheridan Street
Pembroke Pines FL

www.cscbroward.org

Event Coordinator
Catherine Baez Sholl
cbaez@cscbroward.org

February 2, 2017   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern Time
 Destination Preschool: What Parents Need to Know About Transitioning to School
This training is best suited for Palm Beach County parents of children with special needs who are under the age of 6. Participants will be given valuable information and resources regarding the Transition Process for the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Pre-Kindergarten Program within the School District of Palm Beach County.

Participants will learn about ESE Parent Support Services, Procedural Safeguards, Child Find Referrals, ESE Evaluations, the Individual Education Plan (IEP), Eligibility Determination and Placement at an ESE Pre-K Program or an ASD Charter School.


Event Contact Information:
5353 Parkside Drive
Jupiter FL 33458
561-235-8412
www.eventbrite.com/e/destination-preschool-what-parents-need-to-know-about-transitioning-to-

Event Coordinator
Kelley Bastien
bastienk@fau.edu

February 2, 2017   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central Time
 ABLE United
Sunland APD is pleased to sponsor a presentation on the new Florida ABLE saving accounts, which is a tax-free savings option for individuals with developmental disabilities. Mr. John Finch, Director of ABLE United in Tallahassee will perform the presentation.

Because of our agency’s success with establishing Florida ABLE accounts, we understand that it is not a substitute for a special needs trust, but it is an effective solution for improving the life of someone with a disability by allowing them to save money for future needs while continuing to receive benefits.

The event will be held in the Sunland Auditorium on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. CST. If you require directions to Sunland or have any questions about the event, please contact me or Kevin Bailey: (Teresa.burden@apdcares.org) or Mr. James Kevin Bailey (Kevin.bailey@apdcares.org)


Event Organizer
Teresa Burden

Event Contact Information:
Sunland APD
3700 Williams Drive
Marianna FL 32446
850-482-9262

Event Coordinator
Teresa Burden
teresa.burden@apdcares.org
Flyer
February 2, 2017   5:30 PM - : Central Time
 Security for the Future
Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Presentation: New savings plans for individuals and families with special needs. Speaker: John Finch, Director of ABLE United of Florida. RSVP: rsharpe@standrewbaycenter.org

Event Organizer
St. Andew Bay Center

Event Contact Information:
St. Andrew Bay Center, Inc.
1804 Carolina Ave (Community Room)
Lynn Haven FL
850-265-2951

Event Coordinator
Ron Sharpe
rsharpe@standrewbaycenter.org

February 5, 2017   11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time
 Ribbon Cutting and Launch Party of Giborim U
Join us for the Ribbon Cutting and Launch Party of Giborim U!
Sunday, February 5, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Event Organizer
David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Event Contact Information:
5850 South Pine Island Road
Davie FL
954-434-0499
www.dpjcc.org/events/2017/02/05/giborim-u/ribbon-cutting-and-launch-party-of-giborim-u/
info@dpjcc.org
Flyer
February 5, 2017   4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Central Time
 Super Bowl Party
Come watch the Super Bowl with fellow Iron Sharpens Academy students. There will be fellowship, food, games, and prizes along with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Ages 6-14 (Boys Only) FREE

Event Organizer
Fricker Center

Event Contact Information:
Fricker Community Center
900 N. F. St.
Pensacola FL 32501
850-436-5195

February 6, 2017   8:45 AM - 3:30 PM Central Time
 2017 Regional Winter Institute Project 10
Join us for the 2017 Regional Winter Institute. Hear the latest transition updates and reports on transition progress and activities since last year.

This year's Winter Institute will include updates from the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Project 10, the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education, and much more.
The Regional Winter Institute is an all-day event. Registration is free, but space is limited. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-10-region-1-winter-institute-2017-registration-tickets-30528410297#tickets


Event Organizer
Project 10: Transition Education Network

Event Contact Information:
PAEC Center
753 West Blvd
Chipley FL 32428


Event Coordinator
Tury Lewis
Tllewis@usfsp.edu

February 6, 2017   8:45 AM - 3:30 PM Central Time
 2017 Regional Winter Institute Project 10
Join us for the 2017 Regional Winter Institute. Hear the latest transition updates and reports on transition progress and activities since last year.

This year's Winter Institute will include updates from the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Project 10, the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education, and much more.
The Regional Winter Institute is an all-day event. Registration is free, but space is limited. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-10-region-1-winter-institute-2017-registration-tickets-30528410297#tickets


Event Organizer
Project 10: Transition Education Network

Event Contact Information:
PAEC Center
753 West Blvd
Chipley FL 32428


Event Coordinator
Tury Lewis
Tllewis@usfsp.edu

February 6, 2017   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 First Responder Training
A special needs training event for first responders with Captain Bill Cannata and Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe. Three training dates to choose from: Feb 6, 7 or 8th from 9 am to 2 pm. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required, lunch will be provided.

Event Organizer
Autism Pensacola & Pensacola Police Department

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Police Department
711 Hayne St.
Pensacola FL
850-434-7171

Event Coordinator
Autism Pensacola
office@autismpensacola.org

February 7, 2017   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 First Responder Training
A special needs training event for first responders with Captain Bill Cannata and Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe. Three training dates to choose from: Feb 6, 7 or 8th from 9 am to 2 pm. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required, lunch will be provided.

Event Organizer
Autism Pensacola & Pensacola Police Department

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Police Department
711 Hayne St.
Pensacola FL
850-434-7171

Event Coordinator
Autism Pensacola
office@autismpensacola.org

February 8, 2017   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 First Responder Training
A special needs training event for first responders with Captain Bill Cannata and Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe. Three training dates to choose from: Feb 6, 7 or 8th from 9 am to 2 pm. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required, lunch will be provided.

Event Organizer
Autism Pensacola & Pensacola Police Department

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Police Department
711 Hayne St.
Pensacola FL
850-434-7171

Event Coordinator
Autism Pensacola
office@autismpensacola.org

February 9, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time
 Pete Wright Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference
One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:
-Special education law, rights and responsibilities
-Tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
-SMART IEPs
-Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.


Event Organizer
Families Exploring Down Syndrome of Brevard, Inc.

Event Contact Information:
Radisson Resort at the Port
8701 Astronaut Blvd
Cape Canaveral FL 32920
321-795-6620
www.wrightslaw.com/speak/17.02.fl.htm

Event Coordinator
Dawn Bellerose
vp@fedofbrevard.org

February 9, 2017   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Little Owls Early Intervention Initiative
FAU CARD's Little Owls Early Intervention Initiative is a 3- day parent training for parents and family members of children ages 2-5 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or that are in the process of seeking a diagnosis of ASD.

The goal of the training is to help prepare families to be active participants in a child’s positive developmental growth.


Event Organizer
FAU Card

Event Contact Information:
The Hope Center for Autism
1695 Southeast Indian Street
Stuart FL 34994
561-245-1792
www.eventbrite.com/e/little-owls-3-day-parent-training-stuart-tickets-28158747572

Event Coordinator
Wanda Baldwin
baldwinw@fau.edu

February 10, 2017   8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
 Project 10 Region 5 Winter Institute on 2/10/17
Project 10: Transition Education Network, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), is pleased to announce the Project 10 Region 5 Winter Institute. This all day meeting will be held February 10, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Grand Ballroom at the Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, Florida 33351. Please find the agenda attached, and be on the lookout for another email which will be sent after the holidays in regards to registration.

Event Organizer
Project 10 Region 5

Event Contact Information:
10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd
Sunrise FL
786-417-3904

Event Coordinator
Lisa Friedman-Chavez
lfchavez@usfsp.edu

February 10, 2017   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Central Time
 Bay County Job Fair
Job Fair 9 am to 10 am for Veterans and transitioning service members; 10 am to 1 pm open to all. Over 30 employers registered. Bring resumes and list of references with your calendar to schedule a follow-up meeting.

Event Organizer
Haney Technical Center and CareerSource Gulf Coast

Event Contact Information:
Haney Technical Center
3016 Highway 77
Panama City FL 32405
850-747-5500
http://www.baycountyjobfair.com/about-us.html

February 10, 2017   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Little Owls Early Intervention Initiative
FAU CARD's Little Owls Early Intervention Initiative is a 3- day parent training for parents and family members of children ages 2-5 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or that are in the process of seeking a diagnosis of ASD.

The goal of the training is to help prepare families to be active participants in a child’s positive developmental growth.


Event Organizer
FAU Card

Event Contact Information:
The Hope Center for Autism
1695 Southeast Indian Street
Stuart FL 34994
561-245-1792
www.eventbrite.com/e/little-owls-3-day-parent-training-stuart-tickets-28158747572

Event Coordinator
Wanda Baldwin
baldwinw@fau.edu

February 10, 2017   2:00 PM - : Eastern Time
 Florida Down Syndrome Conference 2017: Learning With Families, Advocates & Professionals
This 2-day conference will present state-of-the-art information and best practices concerning children and adults with Down Syndrome, their families, and professionals that serve them. The pre-conference sessions, reception, and workshops are all designed to meet the needs of family members, educators, advocates, health care providers, and Self Advocates. The 2017 conference kicks off with three in-depth pre-conference session options Friday afternoon. Conference runs Friday, February 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m., thru Saturday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. A one night stay for February 10th will be provided for you and your child at The Residence Inn 6955 Lake Nona Rd. Orlando, FL 32827. Tickets are $59.00 - $89.00, and the deadline to register to attend the conference is January 27, 2017. Call for more information.

Event Organizer
Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

Event Contact Information:
Nemours Children's Hospital
13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando FL 32827
407-478-5621

Event Coordinator
Katherine DeHart

February 10, 2017   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Time
 Night to Shine (Gulf Breeze)
“Tim Tebow Foundation” to host “A Night to Shine”.  It is an unforgettable prom experience, centered on God’s love, for people 14 years and older with Special needs.   It is taking place on February 10, 2017 from 6-9 pm simultaneously at 350 churches, 37 denominations worldwide.  It is a celebration of the value of life.  A night when all guest are kings and queens of the prom. Please RSVP by December 15th, 2016.

Event Organizer
Carol & Brian Joyner (grant awarded from the Tim Tebow foundation)

Event Contact Information:
4115 Soundside Drive
Gulf Breeze FL 32563


Event Coordinator
Carol Joyner
Carolj.5star@gmail.com

February 10, 2017   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Time
 2017 Night to Shine Prom
The Night to Shine Proms sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation are for individuals with special needs age 14-16 and older. Night to Shine proms provide a red carpet entrance complete with a friendly welcome from paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, music and a dance floor. The community provides the services through volunteers and donations such as prom dresses, tuxes, limousines, food, photography. Each guest registered is usually assigned a volunteer buddy to make sure their needs are met for the evening. Therefore it is critical that individuals interested in attending register early so the community can prepare for them. Volunteers are also needed if individuals are interested in volunteering their services or making donations. It is a community event.

Event Organizer
Perdido Bay United Methodist Church

Event Contact Information:
Perdido Bay United Church
13660 Innerarity Point Road
Pensacola FL 32507

www.pbumcnts.com
pbumc.nighttoshine@gmail.com

February 10, 2017   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Time
 2017 Night to Shine Prom (registration deadline 1/13/17)
The Night to Shine Proms sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation are for individuals with special needs age 14-16 and older. Night to Shine proms provide a red carpet entrance complete with a friendly welcome from paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, music and a dance floor. The community provides the services through volunteers and donations such as prom dresses, tuxes, limousines, food, photography. Each guest registered is usually assigned a volunteer buddy to make sure their needs are met for the evening. Therefore it is critical that individuals interested in attending register early so the community can prepare for them. Volunteers are also needed if individuals are interested in volunteering their services or making donations. It is a community event.

Event Organizer
Rivertown Community Church

Event Contact Information:
Rivertown Community Church
4534 Lafayette Street
Marianna FL 32446
850-674-5747
www.rivertown.cc/nighttoshine
info@rivertown.cc

February 10, 2017   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Time
 2017 Night to Shine Prom
The Night to Shine Proms sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation are for individuals with special needs age 14-16 and older. Night to Shine proms provide a red carpet entrance complete with a friendly welcome from paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, music and a dance floor. The community provides the services through volunteers and donations such as prom dresses, tuxes, limousines, food, photography. Each guest registered is usually assigned a volunteer buddy to make sure their needs are met for the evening. Therefore it is critical that individuals interested in attending register early so the community can prepare for them. Volunteers are also needed if individuals are interested in volunteering their services or making donations. It is a community event.

Event Organizer
Genesis Church

Event Contact Information:
Genesis Church
4070 N. Mission Road
Tallahassee FL 32303
850-634-4869
www.genesischurch.tv/prom

February 10, 2017   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Time
 2017 Night to Shine Prom (registration deadline 1/15/17)
The Night to Shine Proms sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation are for individuals with special needs age 14-16 and older. Night to Shine proms provide a red carpet entrance complete with a friendly welcome from paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, music and a dance floor. The community provides the services through volunteers and donations such as prom dresses, tuxes, limousines, food, photography. Each guest registered is usually assigned a volunteer buddy to make sure their needs are met for the evening. Therefore it is critical that individuals interested in attending register early so the community can prepare for them. Volunteers are also needed if individuals are interested in volunteering their services or making donations. It is a community event.

Event Organizer
Messiah Lutheran Church, ELCA

Event Contact Information:
Boardwalk Beach Resort
9450 S. Thomas Dr.
Panama City FL 32408
850-532-4123
http://missiahlutheranpc.wixsite.com/nighttoshinepc

Event Coordinator
Kim Cicero
kimcicereo05@gmail.com

February 11, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Life with Autism Conference - Please share
Palm Beach School for Autism has partnered with Lynn University and Butterfly Effects to bring you our 2nd annual Life with Autism Conference.

Our Keynote Speakers are Tracy & Larry from Wretches & Jabberers
"Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say."

The Wretches and Jabberers trailer can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FlIyJJRc0E

The conference features informational and practical workshops for families as well as a professional strand of workshops which offer ESE PD points for teachers and BCBAs!


Event Organizer
Palm Beach School for Autism

Event Contact Information:
3601 N Military Trail
Boca Raton FL
561-533-9917

Event Coordinator
Nicole DeFlorio
nicoled@pbsfa.org

February 11, 2017   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Little Owls Early Intervention Initiative
FAU CARD's Little Owls Early Intervention Initiative is a 3- day parent training for parents and family members of children ages 2-5 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or that are in the process of seeking a diagnosis of ASD.

The goal of the training is to help prepare families to be active participants in a child’s positive developmental growth.


Event Organizer
FAU Card

Event Contact Information:
The Hope Center for Autism
1695 Southeast Indian Street
Stuart FL 34994
561-245-1792
www.eventbrite.com/e/little-owls-3-day-parent-training-stuart-tickets-28158747572

Event Coordinator
Wanda Baldwin
baldwinw@fau.edu

February 11, 2017   3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
 321 Dance!
321 Dance! is a fundraising and awareness event in which participants have the opportunity to dance to make a difference. The day will be full of family fun and will culminate with fantastic raffle items donated by generous sponsors.

Event Organizer
Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Org

Event Contact Information:
8356 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines FL
954-825-0400
www.bgcdownsyndrome.org

Event Coordinator
Diane De Braga
jmaia@aol.com

February 14, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Seminar 2, Legal & Financial Planning: An attorney will address basic and important legal and financial topics related to future planning.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

February 14, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Legal & Financial Planning for the Future
Legal & Financial Planning for the Future
Addresses the important aspects of legal, financial and estate planning for individuals with special needs, including special needs trusts, letters of intent,
guardianship, power of attorney, advanced directives and healthcare surrogacy. FREE and open to the community.


Event Organizer
Joshua’s Path at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward

Event Contact Information:
8200 Peters Road
Plantation FL
954-472-1988
www.jfsbroward.org

Event Coordinator
Sharlene C. Glassman, M.S.

February 16, 2017   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central Time
 Family Care Council Area 1 meeting
Family Care Council Area 1 helps educate the local community and serves as a resource for those individuals while promoting community involvement for those with disabilities. Learn more about the function of the Family Care council and consider becoming a member appointed by the Governor. If you are unable to attend and wish to join by phone, call 888-670-3525 code 9904940247#

Event Organizer
Family Care Council Area 1

Event Contact Information:
Chappie James Building 4th floor
160 West Government Suite 412
Pensacola FL 32502
850-485-2155
www.area1fcc.org

Event Coordinator
Dina Justice
area1fcc@bellsouth.net

February 16, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Broward County Middle School Community Resource Fair
The Tween Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC) is organizing two Broward County Middle School Resource Fairs during the month of February and we would like to invite you to represent your agency and the valuable work that you do in both events.

Event Organizer
Tween Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC)

Event Contact Information:
8505 West Atlantic Blvd.
Coral Springs FL

cscbroward.org

Event Coordinator
Catherine Baez Sholl
cbaez@cscbroward.org

February 17, 2017   4:00 AM - 10:00 PM Central Time
 St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival
Fun for all the family, great food, artisans & vendors, kids activities and live music. Kids and Pet Parade at 4 pm. Live music 7 pm

Event Organizer
St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival

Event Contact Information:
St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival
Bayview Avenue, Historic St. Andrews.
Panama City FL 32401

dutchsanger@gmail.com

February 17, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Retreat will be held February 17-19,2017

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

February 18, 2017   8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time
 The 18th Annual Senior Spirit Health and Wellness Day
Enjoy free health screenings, health and wellness information, community senior resources, refreshments, and the chance to win lots of door prizes. Adults 55 and older invited to attend.

Event Organizer
Sacred Heart Senior Services

Event Contact Information:
Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola
Greenhut Auditorium
Pensacola FL 32504
850-416-6547

February 18, 2017   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
 7th Annual Access Life Expo
Our 7th annual outreach for individuals and families living with disabilities at the John Prince Park in Lake Worth, FL. Boat rides, bank fishing, kayaking, archery, art, crafts, games, animals, resource exhibitors, adaptive wheelchair sports, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, snacks, lunch and more will be available and as always it is completely FREE.

In order to help us plan appropriately for food, activity and buddy needs, we ask that folks pre-register if planning to attend as a participant, volunteer or exhibitor. They can do that by calling Matt at (352) 455-9926. They can also go to our website at www.access-life.org for more INFO, pictures and registration links.


Event Organizer
Access Life, Inc.

Event Contact Information:
John Prince Park
4759 S Congress
Lake Worth FL 33461
352-455-9926
www.access-life.org

Event Coordinator
Matt
Flyer
February 18, 2017   11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Central Time
 St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival
Over 14 Krewes on over 30 floats complete with the color guard, beads, doubloons and more! Food, drink and live music will fill the air! Parade starts at 2 from Oakland Terrace park and ends at St. Andrews Baptist Church on Beck Ave. Main Parade at 2 pm. Live Music 7 pm.

Event Organizer
St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival

Event Contact Information:
St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival
Bayview Avenue, Historic St. Andrews.
Panama City FL 32401

dutchsanger@gmail.com

February 21, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Seminar 3, Exploring Residential Options: Professionals will discuss residential options in the community, including types of housing and community resources.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
(5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

February 22, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Seminar 2, Legal & Financial Planning: An attorney will address basic and important legal and financial topics related to future planning.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
(8500 Jog Road, Activity Room,
Boynton Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

February 24, 2017   9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern Time
 Coral Glades ESE Transition Fair
Coral Glades is having their annual transition fair for our ESE students that are either graduating or aging out. This event will take place on Friday, February 24th, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am in our media center. Life After High School! Visit with variety of agencies to help you and your child plan for the future.

Event Organizer
Coral Glades High School: ESE Department

Event Contact Information:
2700 Sportsplex Dr
Coral Springs FL
754-322-1297

Event Coordinator
Nicki Sanchez
Nicole.Sanchez@browardshools.com

March 1, 2017   4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Wednesday, March 1st: An attorney will discuss financing a Special Needs Trust and present information on the ABLE account.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

March 2, 2017   11:30 AM - : Eastern Time
 The Arc Angels Luncheon
The Arc Angels luncheon is an annual luncheon honoring community partners, volunteers, corporate partners and exemplary employees of The Arc of Palm Beach County. Dine with us as we dive under the sea at The Manatee Lagoon.

Event Organizer
The Arc of Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
6000 N Flagler Dr
West Palm Beach FL
561-842-3213
arcpbc.org

Event Coordinator
Brie
bsidman@arcpbc.org

March 4, 2017   11:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 35th Annual Fashion Show
Our 35th Annual Fashion Show will be held on Saturday March 4, 2017 at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Jacksonville, FL. This wonderful event is a special gift to us, and is put on by DCCW. Tickets will be $12.00, which includes lunch and a fabulous show from our Campers. If you are interested in more information, if you have a Camper interested in modeling, or a Buddy interested in escorting, please call the office at 904-230-7447 so we may add your email address to our records and update you as more information about the event becomes available.

Event Organizer
Camp I Am Special

Event Contact Information:
St. Matthews Catholic Church
1773 Blanding Blvd
Jacksonville FL 32210
904-230-7447
www.dosacamps.com
campiamspecial@ccbjax.org

March 14, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Residential Options for Special Needs
Residential Options for Special Needs
Explores the various residential options available for individuals with special needs, including independent living skills training, group homes,
supported living, assisted living and intermediate care facilities. FREE and open to the community.


Event Organizer
Joshua’s Path at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward

Event Contact Information:
8200 Peters Road
Plantation FL
954-472-1988
www.jfsbroward.org

Event Coordinator
Sharlene C. Glassman, M.S.

March 15, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Seminar 3, Exploring Residential Options: Professionals will discuss residential options in the community, including types of housing and community resources.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
8500 Jog Road, Activity Room
Boynton Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

March 16, 2017   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central Time
 Family Care Council Area 1 meeting
Family Care Council Area 1 helps educate the local community and serves as a resource for those individuals while promoting community involvement for those with disabilities. Learn more about the function of the Family Care council and consider becoming a member appointed by the Governor. If you are unable to attend and wish to join by phone, call 888-670-3525 code 9904940247#

Event Organizer
Family Care Council Area 1

Event Contact Information:
Chappie James Building 4th floor
160 West Government Suite 412
Pensacola FL 32502
850-485-2155
www.area1fcc.org

Event Coordinator
Dina Justice
area1fcc@bellsouth.net

March 18, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Care Council Florida
The Family Care Councils are a group of Governor-appointed volunteers who advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The council’s primary functions are to:
• assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families;
• review the effectiveness of the APD and make recommendations with respect to implementation;
• advise the APD administrators on the community and family support systems in their area; and
• meet and share information with other area FCCs.

The FCCs work closely together representing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as a united voice. Through the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF), chairpersons or a representative of each council meets quarterly to educate and discuss common issues and concerns. Speakers are often invited to provide the FCCF with information on topics that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida.


Event Organizer
Pauline Lipps, FCCF Chairperson

Event Contact Information:
Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando FL 32822
800-470-8101
www.fccflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Pauline Lipps
fccf@statewidefcc.onmicrosoft.com

March 18, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 4th Annual SWFL Nationals Car Show & Classic Car Auction
Join us for the Southwest Florida Nationals Car Show & Classic Car Auction. The two day event features Southwest Florida's largest car show and a two-day auction on March 18-19. The car show opens & closes at the times listed both Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 and active military receive FREE entrance. The Admission fee is $10. Pre-registration for cars is $15 or $20 on the day of the event. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
Sunrise Community, Inc.

Event Contact Information:
Lee County Civic Center
11831 Bayshore Road
North Fort Myers FL 33917
305-596-9040
roadhousepromotions.com
info@sunrisegroup.org

March 21, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have a parent who is a Post 9/11 combat veteran
Retreat will be held April 21-23.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Duncan Conference Center
15820 S Military Trail
Delray Beach FL 33484
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

March 25, 2017   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 Ciclovia (seek-low-via) Open Streets Pensacola
FREE HUGE Open Streets Event. Streets will be closed from Main and Palafox from Gulf Power to the Maritime Park and Palafox from the Pier to Garden St. Five miles of road will be closed to traffic so people can experience the streets by walking, running, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, or shopping. There will be many activities along the route. There will be dancing, Zumba, check our the new YMCA or get a tour of historic buildings. Volunteers, vendors and sponsor needed.

Event Organizer
City of Pensacola

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Downtown
Pensacola FL

www.pensacolaopenstreets.com
pensacolaopenstreets@gmail.com

March 31, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families with Spina Bifida
Retreat will be held March 31 - April 2, 2017

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

March 31, 2017   6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time
 Jazz Piano Concert Featuring Matt Savage, March 31
Join us on Friday, March 31st, 2017 for the Awe in Autism VIP Cocktail Event & Concert featuring internationally acclaimed jazz pianist & composer Matt Savage!

The Awe in Autism Cocktail Event & Concert will benefit the following four organizations: Els for Autism, Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Renaissance Learning Academy & The Learning Center at The Els Center of Excellence. We appreciate your support and hope to see you there


Event Organizer
The Els Center of Excellence

Event Contact Information:
18370 Limestone Creek Road
Jupiter FL
561-598-6197
www.elsforautism.com
info@elsforautism.org

April 1, 2017   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 Dodgeball Tournament of Central Florida
April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading laughter, and that makes April Fools' Day the perfect time for Sunrise of Central Florida First Annual Dodge Ball Tournament. The event will be held in Lakeland at the Kelly Recreational Complex from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A $200.00 registration fee is required, and all proceeds will benefit people with intellectual and physical disabilities served by Sunrise of Central Florida.

Event Organizer
Sunrise Community, Inc.

Event Contact Information:
Kelly Recreational Complex
404 Imperial Boulevard
Lakeland FL 33803
305-596-9040

April 1, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families with Spina Bifida
Retreat will be held March 31 - April 2, 2017

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

April 5, 2017   4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Wednesday, April 5th: FAU Center on Autism and Related Disabilities professionals will moderate a sibling panel, where relationships and future planning considerations with siblings will be discussed.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

April 6, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Miracle Baseball
Attendees join in the excitement of Miracle Sports! This event is about enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by promoting active living. The day includes interactive play between the audience, and attendees have the opportunity to try their hand at baseball; children play 6:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m. / Adults play 7:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m. - The event is free, and everyone is welcome! Call for more information.

Event Organizer
Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

Event Contact Information:
Miracle Field at Messer Park, Tallahassee
2803 Jackson Bluff Road
Tallahassee FL 32304
850-201-2944

April 8, 2017   11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 FAMILY FUN DAY 2017
FAMILY FUN DAY 2017
Open House and Resource Fair
Food, Music, Game, Balloon, Art, & More.


Event Organizer
The Arc of Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
1201 Australian Ave.
Riviera Beach FL
561-842-3213
arcpbc.org

Event Coordinator
Brie
bsidman@arcpbc.org

April 19, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have Experienced Death of a Loved One (Parent or Child)
Retreat will be held May 19-21, 2017

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

April 20, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Vocational Training & Adult Day Programs
Vocational Training & Adult Day Programs
Provides information regarding vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, sheltered workshops, post-secondary training and
adult day programs. FREE and open to the community.


Event Organizer
Joshua’s Path at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward

Event Contact Information:
8200 Peters Road
Plantation FL
954-472-1988
www.jfsbroward.org

Event Coordinator
Sharlene C. Glassman, M.S.

April 20, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Seminar 4, Vocation and Recreational Supports: This presentation will provide resources and information that can assist family members with special needs in becoming/remaining independent. Employment, social, and recreational services will be discussed.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

April 20, 2017   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central Time
 Family Care Council Area 1 meeting
Family Care Council Area 1 helps educate the local community and serves as a resource for those individuals while promoting community involvement for those with disabilities. Learn more about the function of the Family Care council and consider becoming a member appointed by the Governor. If you are unable to attend and wish to join by phone, call 888-670-3525 code 9904940247#

Event Organizer
Family Care Council Area 1

Event Contact Information:
Chappie James Building 4th floor
160 West Government Suite 412
Pensacola FL 32502
850-485-2155
www.area1fcc.org

Event Coordinator
Dina Justice
area1fcc@bellsouth.net

April 20, 2017   6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time
 Caddy Shack Cocktail Party
Introducing The Caddyshack Cocktail Party! Immerse yourself in Bushwood Country Club’s shenanigans as we tee off for an epic Caddyshack themed cocktail party. Prizes will be given for best dressed and Bill Murray lookalike. - See more at: https://www.arcpbc.org/events/public-events/special-events/caddy-shack-cocktail-party#sthash.j10A35FB.dpuf

Event Organizer
The Arc of Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
149 Soundings Ave
Jupiter FL
561-842-3213
arcpbc.org

Event Coordinator
Brie
bsidman@arcpbc.org

April 21, 2017   7:45 AM - : Eastern Time
 The Arc Invitational
The Arc Invitational is a prestigious golf tournament held to support The Arc of Palm Beach County. This illustrious event attracts top community leaders and is accompanied by a lunch and award ceremony. Amazing swag bags, delicious cocktails, poker hands, and a whole lot of fun await the elite golfers on the links. - See more at: https://www.arcpbc.org/events/public-events/special-events/the-arc-invitational-2017#sthash.0RhU3bfH.dpuf

Event Organizer
The Arc of Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
1808 SE Colony Way
Jupiter FL
561-842-3213
arcpbc.org

Event Coordinator
Brie
bsidman@arcpbc.org

April 21, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families who have a parent who is a Post 9/11 combat veteran
Retreat will be held April 21-23.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Duncan Conference Center
15820 S Military Trail
Delray Beach FL 33484
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

April 22, 2017   8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time
 The Annual STARS Conference
The Council for In Transition Youth of Palm Beach County is hosting The Annual STARS Conference.

The STARS Conference Guiding Youth Toward A Brighter Future for students with disabilities, their families, and support providers.


Event Organizer
School District of Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
6880 Lawrence Rd
Lantana FL
561-434-8367
www.palmbeachschools.org

Event Coordinator
Laura Schultze
laura.schultze@palmbeachschools.org

April 26, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Legal & Financial Planning for the Future
Seminar 4, Vocation and Recreational Supports: This presentation will provide resources and information that can assist family members with special needs in becoming/remaining independent. Employment, social, and recreational services will be discussed.

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
(8500 Jog Road, Activity Room
Boynton Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

April 28, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Els for Autism conference
From Els for Autism Foundation

We are having our inaugural scientific conference April 28-29, 2017 with top leaders in the field of autism including Ami Klin, Adriana DiMartino, Roberto Tuchman, Andy Shih, Roy Grinker, and Catherine Lord.


Event Organizer
Els for Autism Foundation

Event Contact Information:
18370 Limestone Creek Road
Jupiter FL
561-625-8269
www.Elsforautism.org

Event Coordinator
Marlene Sotelo

April 30, 2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time
 Sensory Sunday at Orlando Science Center
Join Orlando Science Center for sensory-friendly experiences on Sunday, April 30!

Sensory Sundays present everything you love about the Science Center while offering a wonderful relief from extra stimuli, giving our visitors a chance to visit select exhibit halls at quieter volume settings with more light.

Sensory Sundays offer families a quieter opportunity to explore the Science Center with less crowds and help prepare their children for future visits that may be busier and louder.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a movie with softer volume and more ambient light in our theater and the Orlando Science Center also offers noise-reducing headphones at the admissions desk on Level 2.

Sensory Sundays offer visitors a chance to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. To help prepare for your visit to Orlando Science Center, please download our Sensory Story Guide at www.osc.org/accessibility


Event Contact Information:
777 E Princeton St
Orlando FL 32803

www.osc.org/about/accessibility/

May 3, 2017   4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
 LifePlanning 2017 Seminar & Workshop
Wednesday, May 3rd: An attorney from Legal Aid of Palm Beach County will discuss types of guardianship and alternatives to guardianship for people with disabilities. He will also discuss the process of attaining

Event Organizer
Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service

Event Contact Information:
5841 Corporate Way, Room 104
West Palm Beach FL

www.jfcsonline.com/life-planning

Event Coordinator
Meredith Lee Katzenberg
MKatzenberg@jfcsonline.com

May 9, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have a child with cancer
Retreat will be held June 9-11.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

May 16, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Resources
Offers guidance with locating appropriate resources, navigating community health settings and managing challenges presented by
disabled loved ones. FREE and open to the community.


Event Organizer
Joshua’s Path at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward

Event Contact Information:
8200 Peters Road
Plantation FL
954-472-1988
www.jfsbroward.org

Event Coordinator
Sharlene C. Glassman, M.S.

May 18, 2017   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central Time
 Family Care Council Area 1 meeting
Family Care Council Area 1 helps educate the local community and serves as a resource for those individuals while promoting community involvement for those with disabilities. Learn more about the function of the Family Care council and consider becoming a member appointed by the Governor. If you are unable to attend and wish to join by phone, call 888-670-3525 code 9904940247#

Event Organizer
Family Care Council Area 1

Event Contact Information:
Chappie James Building 4th floor
160 West Government Suite 412
Pensacola FL 32502
850-485-2155
www.area1fcc.org

Event Coordinator
Dina Justice
area1fcc@bellsouth.net

May 19, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families who have Experienced Death of a Loved One (Parent or Child)
Retreat will be held May 19-21, 2017

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

May 20, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Care Council Florida
The Family Care Councils are a group of Governor-appointed volunteers who advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The council’s primary functions are to:
• assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families;
• review the effectiveness of the APD and make recommendations with respect to implementation;
• advise the APD administrators on the community and family support systems in their area; and
• meet and share information with other area FCCs.

The FCCs work closely together representing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as a united voice. Through the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF), chairpersons or a representative of each council meets quarterly to educate and discuss common issues and concerns. Speakers are often invited to provide the FCCF with information on topics that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida.


Event Organizer
Pauline Lipps, FCCF Chairperson

Event Contact Information:
Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando FL 32822
800-470-8101
www.fccflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Pauline Lipps
fccf@statewidefcc.onmicrosoft.com

June 15, 2017   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central Time
 Family Care Council Area 1 meeting
Family Care Council Area 1 helps educate the local community and serves as a resource for those individuals while promoting community involvement for those with disabilities. Learn more about the function of the Family Care council and consider becoming a member appointed by the Governor. If you are unable to attend and wish to join by phone, call 888-670-3525 code 9904940247#

Event Organizer
Family Care Council Area 1

Event Contact Information:
Chappie James Building 4th floor
160 West Government Suite 412
Pensacola FL 32502
850-485-2155
www.area1fcc.org

Event Coordinator
Dina Justice
area1fcc@bellsouth.net

June 21, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have a parent with Multiple Sclerosis
Retreat will be held July 21-23.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Duncan Conference Center
15820 S Military Trail
Delray Beach FL 33484
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

July 15, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Care Council Florida
The Family Care Councils are a group of Governor-appointed volunteers who advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The council’s primary functions are to:
• assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families;
• review the effectiveness of the APD and make recommendations with respect to implementation;
• advise the APD administrators on the community and family support systems in their area; and
• meet and share information with other area FCCs.

The FCCs work closely together representing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as a united voice. Through the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF), chairpersons or a representative of each council meets quarterly to educate and discuss common issues and concerns. Speakers are often invited to provide the FCCF with information on topics that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida.


Event Organizer
Pauline Lipps, FCCF Chairperson

Event Contact Information:
Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando FL 32822
800-470-8101
www.fccflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Pauline Lipps
fccf@statewidefcc.onmicrosoft.com

July 18, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have a child with epilepsy
Retreat will be held August 18-20.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

July 21, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families who have a parent with Multiple Sclerosis
Retreat will be held July 21-23.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Duncan Conference Center
15820 S Military Trail
Delray Beach FL 33484
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

August 18, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families who have a child with epilepsy
Retreat will be held August 18-20.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

September 13, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have a parent with breast cancer
Retreat will be held October13-15.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

September 16, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Care Council Florida
The Family Care Councils are a group of Governor-appointed volunteers who advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The council’s primary functions are to:
• assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families;
• review the effectiveness of the APD and make recommendations with respect to implementation;
• advise the APD administrators on the community and family support systems in their area; and
• meet and share information with other area FCCs.

The FCCs work closely together representing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as a united voice. Through the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF), chairpersons or a representative of each council meets quarterly to educate and discuss common issues and concerns. Speakers are often invited to provide the FCCF with information on topics that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida.


Event Organizer
Pauline Lipps, FCCF Chairperson

Event Contact Information:
Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando FL 32822
800-470-8101
www.fccflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Pauline Lipps
fccf@statewidefcc.onmicrosoft.com

October 3, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Retreat for Families who have a parent with breast cancer
Retreat will be held November 3-5.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

October 13, 2017   11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Retreat for Families who have a parent with breast cancer
Retreat will be held October 13-15.

Deliver the Dream provides structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis (space is limited to 15 families) on a three-day, two-night retreat weekend experience. Each retreat is geared towards a specific illness/crisis such as autism, spina bifida, death of a loved one, Down syndrome or cancer. There is no charge for families to attend. Families are normally referred by a network of not-for-profit and healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida. Families can also be self-referred.

On these retreats, families will participate in assorted recreational indoor and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team building exercises, and more!


Event Organizer
Deliver the Dream

Event Contact Information:
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
5000 Firetower Rd
Haines City FL 33844
954-564-3512
www.deliverthedream.org/familyretreats.html
contact@deliverthedream.org

November 18, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Care Council Florida
The Family Care Councils are a group of Governor-appointed volunteers who advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The council’s primary functions are to:
• assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families;
• review the effectiveness of the APD and make recommendations with respect to implementation;
• advise the APD administrators on the community and family support systems in their area; and
• meet and share information with other area FCCs.

The FCCs work closely together representing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as a united voice. Through the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF), chairpersons or a representative of each council meets quarterly to educate and discuss common issues and concerns. Speakers are often invited to provide the FCCF with information on topics that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida.


Event Organizer
Pauline Lipps, FCCF Chairperson

Event Contact Information:
Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando FL 32822
800-470-8101
www.fccflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Pauline Lipps
fccf@statewidefcc.onmicrosoft.com

November 18, 2017   8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Care Council Florida
The Family Care Councils are a group of Governor-appointed volunteers who advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The council’s primary functions are to:
• assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families;
• review the effectiveness of the APD and make recommendations with respect to implementation;
• advise the APD administrators on the community and family support systems in their area; and
• meet and share information with other area FCCs.

The FCCs work closely together representing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as a united voice. Through the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF), chairpersons or a representative of each council meets quarterly to educate and discuss common issues and concerns. Speakers are often invited to provide the FCCF with information on topics that affect individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida.


Event Organizer
Pauline Lipps, FCCF Chairperson

Event Contact Information:
Embassy Suites Orlando Airport
5835 T.G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando FL 32822
800-470-8101
www.fccflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Pauline Lipps
fccf@statewidefcc.onmicrosoft.com