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February 28, 2017   8:30 AM - : Eastern Time
 Professional Resource Network
Topic:
Canine Assisted Therapy
AAA is defined as pet-centered visitation programs to enhance the life quality or support educational programs in a variety of environments such as hospitals, special needs day care, retirement homes or reading intervention programs.
Bring colleagues and business cards!


Event Organizer
Aneysi Fernandez Canine Assisted Therapy

Event Contact Information:
450 E. Ocean Avenue
Lantana FL
561-420-9160

Event Coordinator
Jacky Purje
jacky@comforcare.com

February 28, 2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time
 American States Utility Services Inc. Hiring Event
Positions Available: Maintenance Technician I; Utility Technician I, II, II
Employer: American States Utility Services, Inc. Eglin Air Force Base


Event Organizer
CareerSource Okaloosa Walton

Event Contact Information:
CareerSource Okaloosa Walton
409 Racetrack Road, NE
Ft Walton Beach FL


February 28, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

February 28, 2017   9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Central Time
 Free Heart-Health Screening
Free Heart-Health Screenings. Will measure blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol and can detect anemia. The screenings are helpful in diagnosing conditions that put people at high risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other health problems.

Event Organizer
Sacred Heart Health System

Event Contact Information:
St. Mary's Catholic Church
401 Van Pelt Lane
Pensacola FL
850-416-7826
www.sacred-heart.org

Event Coordinator
Mission in Motion

February 28, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Inclusion - Individual Education Plan (IEP)
- What we learned from FL Down Syndrome Conference this past weekend.
So, you weren’t able to attend the Down Syndrome Conference in Orlando this past weekend, don’t worry we will give you the run-down of the latest research, resources and tips to support your son or daughter with Down syndrome.


Event Organizer
The Down Syndrome Committee of Broward ESE Advisory Council

Event Contact Information:
1230 S Nob Hill Rd
Davie FL


Event Coordinator
Bach Todaro
dscommitteeboard@gmail.com

February 28, 2017   11:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 IFSP to IEP Academy
IFSP to IEP Academy. To register, please contact Sue Loftis at susan.loftis@chsfl.org or 850-219-4275

Event Organizer
Family Network on Disabilities

Event Contact Information:
Early Steps at Children's Home Society (second floor)
1801 Miccosukee Commons Dr.
Tallahassee FL 32308
850-219-4275

Event Coordinator
Susan Loftis
susan.loftis@chsfl.org

February 28, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

February 28, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

February 28, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

February 28, 2017   5:00 PM - : Central Time
 Fat Tuesday Street Party
Street Party on where Government St. and Palafox St. The Pensacola Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Priscus Celebration marks the end of the Mardi Gras season. A new King and Queen Priscus will be reveled to lead us for the following Mardi Gras Season

Event Organizer
Pensacola

Event Contact Information:
Government St. and Palafox St.
Pensacola FL 32502

www.pensacolamardigras.com

February 28, 2017   8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time
 WEBINAR: ABLE United Account Basics
Saving for the future is a way of life for some; but for individuals with disabilities, fear of losing benefits has prevented many from building financial security. ABLE United offers a new way for individuals with disabilities to save for a better life experience.

ABLE United allows for the creation of savings and investment accounts for Floridians with disabilities without negatively impacting government benefits like Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid. ABLE account holders can build assets and use funds tax-free on a variety of qualified disability expenses such as housing, education and assistive technology.


Event Organizer
ABLE United

Event Contact Information:
WEBINAR


attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6186875344380435970

March 1, 2017   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
 Columbus Ships Pinta and Nina to Land in Perdido Key!
Come watch as the Nina and Pinta land at port and celebrate the history of part of the Spanish fleet. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152. Minimum of 15 required for the tour. $5.00 per person. No Maximum.

Event Contact Information:
Perdido Key Oyster Bar & Marina
13700 River Road
Perdido Key FL 32507
787-672-2152
columfnd1492@gmail.com

March 1, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 1, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Free IEP Advocate Session for FDST Members
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. have made arrangements with The IEP Advocate for you to attend a free workshop on understanding IEPs, so you can better understand how to get your child free help from the public school system. If your child is struggling in school and needs help, but you don’t know where to turn, this free seminar will teach you about how to get help from the public school system. This free workshop will tell you everything you need to know, and as your Advocate, we can attend IEP meetings with you and assist you developing a better IEP and getting the services for a better and productive educational experience. Reservations are required to attend this workshop and there may be a fee for non FDST members. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
Families, Raising, Inspiring, Educating & Networking for Down Syndrome Tampa (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.)

Event Contact Information:
1219 Millennium Parkway
Brandon FL 33511
407-342-9836 Ext. 107

Event Coordinator
Cheryl Moscal
info@theiepadvocate.com

March 1, 2017   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Central Time
 2017 Seasonal Job Fair
Recruiters are looking for many different occupations including: law enforcement; seasonal employment; hospitality; restaurant; beach service, retail and etc. Entry level, skilled and professional. Employers will be in attendance to receive applications and resumes.

Event Organizer
Northwest Florida State College

Event Contact Information:
Northwest Florida State college Niceville Campus
100 College Blvd (building 410 SAC)
Niceville FL 32578
850-729-5227
www.nwfsc.edu/careercenter
vaccarot@nwfsc.edu

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   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 2, 2017   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 Panhandle Job Fair
Over 60 Employers. Visit www.PanhandleJobFair.com to view who is hiring at the biggest job fair in the area. Preregister at www.careersourceokaloosawalton.com

Event Organizer
CareerSource Okaloosa Walton

Event Contact Information:
St. Mary's Parish Life Center
165 Coral Drive (one block north of hwy 98)
Fort Walton Beach FL 32547
850-651-2315
www.Panhandlejobfair.com

Event Coordinator
wmiles@careersourceow.com
wmiles@careersourceow.com

March 2, 2017   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time
 WEBINAR: Provider Rate Crisis
In an effort to educate and empower individuals, families and providers, FDDC, the Arc of Florida, Family Care Council, Florida ARF and WaiverProvider.com are hosting the Provider Rate Crisis Webinar.

As you know, the rates paid to providers remain extremely low. As a result, the individuals, the families and the providers face many obstacles. Most importantly, the Provider Rate Crisis poses a distinct threat to the health and safety of individuals with developmental disabilities.

In the webinar, representatives from each group will discuss the impacts, who is affected and how you can get involved


Event Organizer
FDDC, Family Care Council Florida, Arc of Florida, FARF

Event Contact Information:
WEBINAR


http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102470514219&ca=60b215b1-f6ce-49ac-a0f7-475334d999

March 2, 2017   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Webinar: Supporting Reading Comprehension at Home
This training will provide an introduction to the reading comprehension challenges children with ASD may face and discuss strategies caregivers can use to support this important skill development in the home. This training will be offered on-line. A link to access the training as well as related materials will be emailed out to registered participants prior to the training. Registration closes February 28, 2017.

Event Organizer
FAU Card

Event Contact Information:
Webinar


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-reading-comprehension-at-home-tickets-29376867000

Event Coordinator
Noelle Balsamo
nbalsamo@fau.edu

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

Proceeds benefit The Arc of Palm Beach County's mission to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets: Individual ticket $100, Table of 8: $800


Event Organizer
The Arc of Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
Manatee Lagoon
6000 N Flagler Dr.
West Palm Beach FL
561-842-3212
r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001KK4erByxid20OdAmSMiRpdeRZPCI1HUVpaJEZwO4lHXpOqi4rZRe2u_Q2r9hH3RSXKUPD

Event Coordinator
Brie
bsidman@arcpbc.org

March 2, 2017   1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 Pensacola Opera Pop-up
Pensacola Opera's Artists in Residence will perform some well known opera melodies during the Pop Up Performances. These short performances take place just before the start of Beach Bum Trolley's Historic Pensacola Tours. Stop by for the Opera and jump on a trolley tour afterwards! Pop Up Opera performances are free events. Trolley tour tickets are available for purchase at the Visitors Information Center.

Event Organizer
Pensacola Opera

Event Contact Information:
Visit Pensacola
1401 East Gregory Street
Pensacola FL 32502
850-433-6737

March 2, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Agency Fair and Parent Workshops
You're invited to the Agency Fair and Parent Workshops for families of students with disabilities and students who are gifted in Manatee County Public Schools. Parents or caregivers will learn about agencies and groups in the community who can assist with your special needs child. Workshops include: Diploma options, challenges of gifted students, and behavior and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to workshops, there will be door prizes and food. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
School District of Manatee County

Event Contact Information:
Manatee Technical College
6305 State Road 70 East
Bradenton FL 34203
941-751-6550 Ext. 2179

Event Coordinator
Sara Gaines
gainess@manateeschools.net

March 3, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 3, 2017   9:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 Autism Speaks
The Palm Beach Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people on the spectrum. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Must register to participate. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
Sponsored by Alpha XI Delta

Event Contact Information:
Meyer Amphitheatre
105 Evernia Street
West Palm Beach FL
561-465-0054

Event Coordinator
Melissa DiNuzzo
palmbeachwalk@autismspeaks.org

March 4, 2017   7:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 Walk for Diabetes & Family Fun Day
Plan to come out and join family, friends and neighbors at the 2017 DRI Walk for Diabetes! We guarantee lots of fun, including: Bounce houses, face painting, health fair; music, raffles and more! Your participation will not only support diabetes research, but this event provides great exercise that boosts energy levels and decrease health risks, and you'll be part of a community-wide effort. You may make a donation at the time of registration, and registration is required to participate. Call for more information.

Event Organizer
Diabetes Research Institute (DRI)

Event Contact Information:
Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way
Miami FL 33125
954-964-4040

March 4, 2017   7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Central Time
 Bayou Hills Run 10K-5K-Kids Run
The Bayou Hills Run is a family-friendly 10K-5K and Kids 1 Mile Run in Bayview Park. The Bayou Hills Run is one of the area's only 10K and is a wonderful challenge through the hills of East Hill in Pensacola.

Event Organizer
Creative Learning Academy

Event Contact Information:
Bayview Park
2001 E Lloyd Street
Pensacola FL 32502
850-432-1768

March 4, 2017   8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time
 29th Annual Lumberjack Festival
The free community event features forestry competitions, food, bluegrass music, children's activities, crafts, and nature and wildlife exhibits. Forestry competitions for adults ages 16 and over take place throughout the day and include knife and axe throwing, log rolling, cross-cut sawing, pulpwood tossing and more. Youth ages 13 through 15 may compete in knife throwing at 9 a.m., and cross-cut sawing at 9:30 a.m. Children ages 12 and younger can participate in face painting, crafts, and a variety of outdoor activities throughout the morning.Registration for the forestry competitions begins at 7:30 a.m. Children, senior citizens and high school students compete for free.While the supply lasts, festival-goers get to select free tree seedlings from a variety of species and receive information from experts on planting and proper care. The festival also includes opportunities to learn about environmental degree programs offered by PSC and the University of Florida at the Milton campus.

Event Organizer
Pensacola State College

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola State University Milton Campus
5988 Highway 90
Milton FL
850-484-1034
www.pensacolastate.edu/29th-annual-lumberjack-festival-filled-family-fun-psc-milton-campus-ma

Event Coordinator
Greg Ledet
gledet@pensacolastate.edu

March 4, 2017   9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Central Time
 Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair
Thousands gather to witness the spectacle of Armored combat, the thunderous clash of jousters, the swirl of a dancer's costume and to sample the wares of merchants who have traveled from afar. The Faire goes on, rain or shine, the first weekend of March. Come and meet Their Majesties, see fabulous characters and experience a historically good time! Get Medieval!

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds
6655 Mobile Highway
Pensacola FL 32526
850-434-1234

March 4, 2017   9:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 Alliance Walk
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness proudly presents celebrating every body 6th annual walk for eating disorders awareness. Join The Alliance, with our title sponsor 4GirlsFoundation, for a mourning of hope inspiration, recovery, and community.

Event Organizer
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

Event Contact Information:
Tradewinds Park
Coconut Creek FL
561-841-0900
www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com

March 4, 2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time
 Free Football Camp Josh Sitton & Friends
Josh Sitton's Free Football camp for local children in grades 1-8 can sign up at http://pro.camp/QkyfUeQ

Event Organizer
Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Event Contact Information:
Pensacola Catholic High School
3043 W. Scott St.
Pensacola FL 32505


March 4, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

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 5, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 6, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 6, 2017   1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
 Mental Health & Wellness Independent Living Skills Training
Michael Bennett of the OCD Foundation will be here to teach the following:
* Moving out of your comfort zone - facing fear of Independence - Embracing a Positive Attitude. "I CAN DO IT!" * Overcoming Mental Health Barriers - changing negative thinking to Positive Thoughts * Coping with Disabilities - Accepting your disability * Depression & Anxiety - Defining situational Depression (As it relates to resulting from having a disability) - What to do when you're struggling with Depression - Facing Anxieties.


Event Organizer
Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida (ILRC)

Event Contact Information:
Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida
2709 Art Museum Drive
Jacksonville FL 32207
904-399-8484
www.theILRC.org

Event Coordinator
Tracie Inman

March 7, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 8, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 9, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 9, 2017   9:00 AM - : Central Time
 Moms Morning Out
Come join us for coffee, friendship and conversation! This event is for mothers of special needs children and we would love to have you! Bring a friend and come meet some new ones! (This is a kid friendly event)

Event Organizer
The Starfish Project NWFL

Event Contact Information:
Juana's Pagodas and Sailors' Grill
1451 Navarre Beach Cswy
Navarre FL 32566
850-204-8030
thestarfishprojectnwfl.org

March 10, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 11, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 11, 2017   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival 2017
The City of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. will present the 23rd Annual Fine Arts Festival "Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts." The Festival is a juried fine arts and fine crafts festival that brings together quality local, regional, and national artists to Gulf Breeze, Florida. The two-day family event is free to the public and includes over 140 artists.

Event Organizer
City of Gulf Breeze

Event Contact Information:
Gulf Breeze High School- Parking Lot
675 Gulf Breeze Pkwy.
Gulf Breeze FL 32561
850-529-2051

March 11, 2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central Time
 Parent Training: Prevention Strategies and Feeding Difficulties
This is a two part parent training session. Session one, 9:00-10:00 a.m., will address prevention strategies. We will be addressing specific procedures to avoid problem behaviors. That session will be presented by Melissa Goolsby and Hayden Davis. Hayden and Melissa are dual certified as Speech-Language Pathologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Session two, 10:00-11:00 a.m. will address feeding difficulties. This session will address a range of feeding problems including limited food repertoire, texture aversions, and over stuffing. Session two will be presented by Dr. Kalli Clement, Speech-Language Pathologist. This event is free and childcare will be provided for up to 15 children. Your registration reserves your spot for both sessions.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-training-prevention-strategies-and-feeding-difficulties-tickets


Event Organizer
St. Sylvester Catholic Church

Event Contact Information:
St. Sylvester Catholic Church
6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze FL 32563
850-939-3944
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-training-prevention-strategies-and-feeding-difficulties-tickets-

Event Coordinator
Across the Board Therapy Group
atbtherapygroup@gmail.com

March 11, 2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time
 McGuire's Prediction Run 5K
With more than 5,000 participants, it is Pensacola's largest run and the nations largest prediction run. Awards to the fastest as well as the most accurate in predicting the time it will take them to complete the 3.1 mile course.

Event Organizer
McGuire's Irish Pub

Event Contact Information:
McGuire's Irish Pub
600 E. Gregory Street
Pensacola FL 32502
850-433-6789

March 11, 2017   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 Reimagine Milton
Bringing hope to all who are experiencing hopelessness. Providing free food, free clothing, free haircut, free diapers, free lunch, free blood pressure checks and more. Children activities include face painting, bounce houses, and coloring contest to win free bike. We can all learn to fish and dance together. Volunteers welcome and needed.

Event Organizer
Linda English

Event Contact Information:
Carpenter Park
5224 Munson Hwy
Milton FL 32570
850-454-5280

Event Coordinator
Linda English
linda@reimagineworldwide.org

March 11, 2017   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Central Time
 Gumbo Cook-Off
Sample some of the best gumbo on the Gulf Coast at the Gulf Breeze Rotary's 11th annual Gumbo Cook-Off at Shoreline Park North (next to Recreation Center) in Gulf Breeze. Enjoy the live music, silent auction, raffle, and kids activities. Tickets are $15 at the gate and $10 in advance.
Celebrity judges will name the Best Gumbo made by both private and restaurant teams, while the crowd will select the People's Choice. Burger, beer and sodas will be available for purchase to help wash down the spicy fare, and children under the age of 8 eat free when accompanied by paying adults.


Event Organizer
Gulf Breeze Rotary

Event Contact Information:
Shoreline Park
800 Shoreline Drive
Gulf Breeze FL 32561
850-934-5208

March 11, 2017   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Free IEP Advocate Session for FDST Members
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. have made arrangements with The IEP Advocate for you to attend a free workshop on understanding IEPs, so you can better understand how to get your child free help from the public school system. If your child is struggling in school and needs help, but you don’t know where to turn, this free seminar will teach you about how to get help from the public school system. This free workshop will tell you everything you need to know, and as your Advocate, we can attend IEP meetings with you and assist you developing a better IEP and getting the services for a better and productive educational experience. Reservations are required to attend this workshop and there may be a fee for non FDST members. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
Families, Raising, Inspiring, Educating & Networking for Down Syndrome Tampa (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.)

Event Contact Information:
1219 Millennium Parkway
Brandon FL 33511
407-342-9836 Ext. 107

Event Coordinator
Cheryl Moscal
info@theiepadvocate.com

March 11, 2017   1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
 2017 Shining S.T.A.R.S. Pageant and Fashion Show
Every year the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center hosts the Shining S.T.A.R.S. Pageant and Fashion Show for those with intellectual and mental disabilities of all ages. Each contestant gets a chance in the spotlight to sing, dance, and receive a crown for being a shining star. Before each show the contestants are given the privilege to get their hair and makeup done for free of charge at the International Academy of Hair Design.

A showcase of Fashion and Talent for people with special needs; Where everyone is a STAR! Must register. Registration is from January 23rd - March 1st, 2017. Register early........Space is LIMITED. The Pageant and Fashion Show is on March 11, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.


Event Contact Information:
Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center
399 N. U.S. 1
Ormond Beach FL 32174
386-676-3252

Event Coordinator
Lori Koplin
Lori.Koplin@ormondbeach.org

March 12, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 13, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 13, 2017   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central Time
 C.A.S.H.
This free class entitled Consumer Awareness Spending Habits is free to the public and will go over tips for saving and money management. Money spending habits will be discussed as well as ways to save and get control of your finances.

Event Organizer
Pathways for Change

Event Contact Information:
Pathways for Change Family Center
2050 W. Blount Street
Pensacola FL 32501
850-637-1429
www.pathwaysforchange.org

Event Coordinator
Heather Hess

March 14, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

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   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 15, 2017   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern Time
 Pediatric Feeding Disorders and ASD Beyond Picky Eating
It is common for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to have rigid food preferences. But when should picky eating seriously concern parents? This presentation will: review the characteristics of feeding concerns in children with ASD, discuss the classification of a feeding disorder as it relates to these children, examine why children with ASD often engage in picky eating, and offer guidance as to how to address these concerns.

About the presenter:
Dr. Roseanne Lesack is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level. She is currently the director of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic at Nova Southeastern University and oversees the Feeding Disorders Clinic. She has extensive experience working with children who either refuse to eat food or are extremely picky, helping them to increase the amount or type of food that is consumed and re-integrating them into family mealtime routines.


Event Organizer
FAU, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Event Contact Information:
5353 Parkside Dr
Jupiter f
561-221-3436
www.fau.edu/jupiter/

Event Coordinator
Maryellen Quinn-Lunny
mqlunny@fau.edu

March 15, 2017   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time
 ESE Resource Fair
Broward County Public Schools’ ESE Parent Advisory Council is hosting a Family Resources Fair on Wednesday March 15th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Piper High School (8000 NW 44th St, Sunrise, 33351) to better connect parents of children with special needs to community/business resources, programs and services.
Last year around 100 families joined us for this event, which showcased over 30 community agencies, local businesses and educational advocates.


Event Organizer
Broward County Public Schools’ ESE Parent Advisory

Event Contact Information:
8000 NW 44th St
Sunrise FL
954-348-9181

Event Coordinator
Ally Walford
ese.chair@gmail.com

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   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time
 Verterans Synposium
The free event is geared towards helping our veterans with various services and programs available to them.

Event Organizer
Volunteers of America Florida

Event Contact Information:
Santa Rosa Medical Hospital
Pensacola FL

www.voa-fla.org

March 16, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

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 17, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

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 18, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 18, 2017   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 Free Health Screenings
Join us at the Special Olympics Area 9 Games! APD Individuals welcome to participate in the health screenings. Healthy Community newcomer form must be signed by parent/legal guardian if under 18 and brought to screening. Forms will be distributed, onsite and available at www.specialolympicsflorida.org.

Dental and Physical Therapy Screenings Available!


Event Organizer
Special Olympics

Event Contact Information:
Golden Gate High School
2925 Titan Way
Naples FL 34166
352-727-5097
www.specialolympicsflorida.org

Event Coordinator
Jasmine D. Green
jasminegreen@sofl.org
Flyer
March 18, 2017   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 The 2017 Boating Beach Bash for People with Disabilities
Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities

Nation’s Largest Free Event for Kids, Adults and Wounded Warriors with Special Needs Celebrates 8th Year on Land and on Sea.

Welcome to the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, America’s largest free fun-day for people with special needs, their families and their caregivers.

Now in its 8th year, the Bash reaches out to embrace the estimated 20% of Florida residents who live with physical and/or intellectual challenges–disabilities that are seen or unseen. In Palm Beach County however, 25% have a disability, among the highest number in the nation.

A true celebration of diversity, the Boating & Beach Bash demonstrates how a community can honor and salute those among us who struggle each day with unimaginable challenges.


Event Organizer
The American

Event Contact Information:
3077-3239 N Ocean Blvd
Boca Raton FL
561-715-2622
http://boatingbeachbash.com/location-directions/
infor@boatingbeachbash.com

March 18, 2017   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 2017 Central Florida Big Wheel Deal
The Big Wheel Deal, simply put, is a wheelchair basketball tournament. What makes it unique is that it is not only played by people who normally use wheelchairs but those who don’t, too! This makes for some funny wheeling, unorthodox playing and unusual scoring techniques. The way we fundraise is by getting pledges for every point a team scores. Anyone can ask for pledges and anyone can give!

Event Organizer
Access Life

Event Contact Information:
First Baptist Windermere
300 Maine Street
Windermere FL 34786
352-455-9926
https://access-life.com/big-wheel-deal-cfl/
Flyer
March 19, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 20, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 21, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 21, 2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Community Developmental Screening Clinic
Do you have a child who is 5 years old or younger? Do you have concerns about their development?

We will conduct free developmental screenings throughout our service area, which includes Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. This service is critical for children and families experiencing developmental concerns because early screening leads to early diagnosis and early intervention.

*Parents must be present at the time of screening to provide consent and receive screening results.*


Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
Vickers House South
3801 Georgia Avenue
West Palm Beach FL 33405
561-804-4975
www.fau.edu/

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 22, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 22, 2017   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 Technology Virtual Career Fair
Recruit from 3 Florida Universities, predominant in student reach, collectively serving nearly half of all students and 73% of minority students in the State University System.

Event Organizer
Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

Event Contact Information:
Online

770-980-0088
www.careereco.com/events/floridametro
floridametro@careereco.com
Flyer
March 22, 2017   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Changes to "Florida Mental Health Law, "No Wrong Door" Baker Act Process Information
Basic information for family member and the community on the Baker Act Process. When you or someone you know experiences a crisis, how do you receive the help so desperately needed.

Recent legislative changes and the creation of a secure central receiving facility Leon and surrounding counties will be described. Topics include: The role of law enforcement, Role of a guardian advocate, and function of central receiving facility. Staff from the Apalachee Center and a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer from the Tallahassee Police Department will provide an update and be able to answer your questions.
Please RSVP by noon Monday on March 20, 2017


Event Organizer
NAMI Tallahassee

Event Contact Information:
Apalachee Center, Inc.
2634J Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee FL 32308
850-523-3265
www.nami-tallahassee.org/bakeractcommunityprogram/

Event Coordinator
Rae Kelly
raek@apalacheecenter.org

March 23, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 23, 2017   11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time
 Caring for Yourself Counts Too!
So often we forget about ourselves trying to help those that need us. But everyone deserves self-care. Just because you have a child with special needs, it does not mean that you are not worthy of love and caring for yourself.

In this training, we will look at ways to manage your time, strategies for coping with caregiver stress, and the value of taking time for yourself. We look forward to seeing you on March 23rd, 2017 at 11 AM.

*This training will be offered both on site and online on Thursday, March 23rd. If you are choosing to participate online please be sure to register using the online ticket option. Registration for this event will close on Wednesday, March 22nd.


Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Room 411
Boca Raton FL 33431

www.eventbrite.com/e/caring-for-yourself-counts-too-tickets-29305903747

Event Coordinator
Miriam Moreno-Duany

March 23, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Autism Speaker Series: Liane Holliday-Willey
Professor Liane Holliday Willey, who holds a doctorate in psycholinguistics, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 35 years old. Since her diagnosis Liane has focused her academic research on female’s with Asperger syndrome and communication skills for people on the spectrum.

Liane is the author of the new book Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life, and the author of the international best selling books Pretending to be Normal: Living with Aspergers Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between, Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal. She is also the Senior Editor of Autism Spectrum Quarterly, a blogger for Psychology Today and a consultant with B.R.A.I.N.S. – the Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services.


Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
St Lucie School District Board Room
4204 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce FL 34947
561-212-8058
www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaker-series-liane-holliday-willey-tickets-29833345339

Event Coordinator
Mercedes Pagano
paganom@fau.edu

March 23, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Eastern Time
 "A Conversation with Attorney, Mary Beth Kelly"
If you are a parent, or caregiver, of a special needs individual you will not want to miss this informative presentation by attorney Mary Beth Kelly from the law firm Thompson, Evangelo & Kelly, P.A. This is an opportunity to learn about Special Needs Trusts, Conservatorship, Guardianships, and the rules and benefits of Able Accounts. This is a free event to the community and all are welcome to attend. Supervised childcare provided. This event is provided to enlighten parents & caregivers on what they need to know in order to protect their loved ones. Please come join us!

Event Organizer
Special Needs Ability Program (S.N.A.P.)

Event Contact Information:
Identity Church
777 Deltona Blvd., Suite 25
Deltona FL 32725
800-816-5235

Event Coordinator
Jamie Grover

March 24, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 24, 2017   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time
 2017 Annual Training in Transition
This training is dedicated to helping employment and job development professionals become more successful in achieving competitive integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities.
Attendees will learn to use customized employment tools of the discovery profile to build a customized plan of employment and techniques to facilitate and support people with disabilities to gain customized jobs in competitive employment.


Event Organizer
Children's Services Council of Broward County

Event Contact Information:
520 NW 3rs Street
Pompano Beach FL
954-786-4585

Event Coordinator
Stacey Hoaglund
jmaia@aol.com

March 25, 2017   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time
 Positive Behavior Supports Conference
We are pleased to announce that Family Network on Disabilities, Florida Center on Inclusive Communities at USF, and Florida’s APBS Network are hosting this conference, “Working Together to Improve Student Behavior”, on March 24th and 25th, 2017. This conference is designed for family members and educators, especially those supporting students with behavioral challenges.
The conference brings together national and local experts to deliver over 20 presentations, as well as skill-building workshops. The presentations will cover a wide range of topics related to effective school-wide discipline, classroom management, and especially individualized behavior support.


Event Organizer
Family Network on Disabilities

Event Contact Information:
124 South Franklin Street
Tampa FL 33602
727-523-1170 Ext. 201
fndusa.org/pbs/

Event Coordinator
Cassandra Perez
cperez@fndusa.org
Flyer
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 25, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 25, 2017   11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 3rd Annual Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo
Join us for the Memorial Rehab Institute's Adaptive Sports Expo event.This exciting event is to promote Adaptive Sports Programs being offered at Memorial South Rehabilitation Institute by raising the awareness of various adaptive sport opportunities in the community. There will be motivational speakers with physical disabilities as well as Memorial physicians giving presentations on physical disabilities and the benefit of adaptive sports. Adaptive sports on display will be tennis, kayaking, water skiing and more. Call for more information.

Event Organizer
The Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center (FSCIRC)

Event Contact Information:
Markham Park
1600 W. State Road 84
Sunrise
954-518-5573

Event Coordinator
Ray Shipman

March 25, 2017   11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 Friends Down Syndrome Tampa (FDST) World Down Syndrome Day Celebration Picnic
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome Tampa will celebrate the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome at our annual picnic. Come spend a beautiful afternoon with us at the Rotary's Camp Florida! Bring your bathing suit and go swimming in the pool; go canoeing on the beautiful lake Gornto; play cornhole, giant jenga, or with the giant parachute; or you can stroll the butterfly garden and let the kids romp on the playgroup. Lunch is provided with free hot dogs & hamburgers hotdogs off the grill, along with chips, fruit, soda, & water. Enter our FDST Pie Contest. Bring your best pie to the picnic and enter to win a great gift! To enter drop off your pie at the beginning of the picnic. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
FDST

Event Contact Information:
Rotary's Camp Florida
1915 Camp Florida
Brandon FL 33510
813-245-2782
info@friendssupport.org

March 25, 2017   12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 11th Annual Duck Fest Derby
The KID Duck Fest Derby is a great day for the whole family, and this year we’re celebrating 11 years of rubber ducky fun! Flock to Esplanade Park from 12-3 PM for a wide range of family-friendly activities at the KID Fun Zone including:
•Bounce Houses
•Petting Zoo
•Face Painting
•Funny Photo Opportunities
•Meet and Greet with Splash, the Duck Fest Derby Mascot
•Delicious Food
•and So Much More!

The KID Olympics, presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. are back and better than ever! Each child who participates in every Olympic event will receive a chance to win a great raffle prize. Prizes will be awarded that afternoon.*

At 2 PM join our excited and energized crowd as we cheer on the 30,000 rubber ducks floating down the New River to the finish line. Each duck is racing to win one of our 10 fabulous prizes including the Grand Prize of $10,000 cash!


Event Organizer
KID Inc.

Event Contact Information:
Esplanade Park
Fort Lauderdale FL
954-390-7654 Ext. 1338
support.kidinc.org/site/TR/Events/General?pg=entry&fr_id=1141#sthash.h712rn2D.dpuf

Event Coordinator
Maggie Hulsey
maggiehulsey@kidinc.org

March 26, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Honest Visions: Artists and Autism Exhibition
Please join the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating a new exhibition, Honest Visions: Artists and Autism.

Honest Visions features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. They represent truth, sincerity, and unabashed personal declarations.

As Mikaela Sheldt once remarked about the truth she finds in her art, “It’s not about making paintings, it’s about conveying that truth most effectively, most honestly and most vulnerably.”

Honest Visions is the first invitational exhibition in the Artists and Autism series presented by the FSU Autism Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in partnership with VSA Florida.

The exhibition will be open during regular MOFA hours.


Event Organizer
FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Event Contact Information:
Florida State University
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 250
Tallahassee FL
850-644-1250
arthistory.fsu.edu
arthistory@fsu.edu

March 27, 2017   5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Eastern Time
 Relationship Safety
Come discover how to enjoy a relationship while also being safe at the same time. Participants will learn how to read social cues and understand communication related to healthy relationships.

Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
FAU
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton FL 33431

www.eventbrite.com/e/relationship-safety-tickets-29621955065

Event Coordinator
Veronica A. Castro, LCSW

March 28, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

March 28, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

March 28, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

March 29, 2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time
 Part-time Job Fair
Free Admission. Free Parking. Dress Code enforced. Job seekers must wear business attire to be admitted (no jeans, shorts, or flip flops).
Meet the following employers at the fair:
1. Automated Health Systems
2. City of Tallahassee, FL - Government, Human Resources
3. First Baptist Weekday Education
4. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
5. New Avon LLC
6. Oneloanplace.com
7. PATLive
8. Pilot Flying J
9. Priority Security Services
10. Taco Bell
11. Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee
12. Vector Tallahassee
13. CareerSource Capital Region
14. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
15. North Florida Medical Centers


Event Organizer
Tallahassee Community College TCC

Event Contact Information:
Tallahassee Community College TCC
444 Appleyard Dr. (Student Union Ballroom)
Tallahassee FL 32304
850-201-9970
tcc-csm.symplicity.com
careercenter@tcc.fl.edu

March 29, 2017   7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Parenting Special Needs Support Group
This group is open to any parent or caregiver of a child with ANY special needs and its FREE. It is a great place to meet parents on similar journeys, gain insight and information. Support group meets on April 26, 2017, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Days/times subject to change. Call for more information.

Event Contact Information:
262 Crystal Grove Bouelvard
Lutz FL
813-966-7064

Event Coordinator
Erica Dupont
Erica@protherapyplus.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   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 Family Connections Conference 2017
The Family Connections Conference is an opportunity for local families affected by autism to come together to learn from and connect with one another.

Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
Florida Atlantic University, ADM Auditorium
5353 Parkside Drive
Jupiter FL 33458
561-212-8058
www.eventbrite.com/e/family-connections-conference-2017-tickets-29996180383

Event Coordinator
Mercedes Pagano
paganom@fau.edu

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 2, 2017   8:30 AM - : Eastern Time
 Autism Speaks Walk
Join us for the Autism Speaks Walk, and make a difference for people on the spectrum. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Must register to participate. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
Autism Speaks South Florida Chapter

Event Contact Information:
Doral Central Park
3000 N.W. 87th Avenue
Doral FL 33172
786-456-8921

Event Coordinator
Angelica Ramcharran
miamiwalk@autismspeaks.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 6, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 SportsAbility Miracle Baseball – FREE
Attendees are encouraged and welcome to learn about new products and try fun activities! Information booths on the latest in products, active leisure programs and services for people with disabilities. Participant can engage in hands-on active leisure opportunities including, adaptive golf, tennis, basketball, martial arts, laser target shooting; interactive fishing simulator, disc golf and therapeutic recreation activities provided by Tallahassee Community College (TCC.) This is a free event. Call for more information.

Event Organizer
Florida Outdoors Disabled Association

Event Contact Information:
Miracle Field at Messer Park in Tallahassee
2803 Jackson Bluff Road
Tallahassee FL 32304
850-201-2944
www.fdoa.org/tallahassee
Flyer
April 8, 2017   8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Central Time
 Walk the Talk for Epilepsy
This event is geared towards raising money and awareness of epilepsy which affects 12% of Americans living in Florida. The Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and defeat challenges created by epilepsy. The walk will take place in 8 cities across Florida.

Event Organizer
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Event Contact Information:
Blue Wahoo Stadium
Pensacola FL
877-553-7453
www.efof.org/walkthetalk

April 8, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Sunshine Splash
Although we are based in Connecticut, LOF Adaptive holds its annual “Sunshine Splash” event at Lake Ivanhoe for the disabled community of central Florida. This year’s event will be held on April 8 & 9, 2017 from 9AM-4PM. The event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. All ages and disabilities are welcome!

Event Organizer
LOF Adaptive Skiers

Event Contact Information:
Lake Ivanhoe Park
57 S Ivanhoe Blvd
Orlando FL 32804
203-426-0666
lofadaptiveskiers.org/home/orlando-florida-sunshine-splash-april-8-9-2017/

Event Coordinator
Joel Zeisler
lofskiers@gmail.com
Flyer
April 8, 2017   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
 SportsAbility Outdoor Day – FREE
Attendees are encouraged and welcome to learn about new products and try fun activities! Information booths on the latest in products, active leisure programs and services for people with disabilities. Participant can engage in hands-on active leisure opportunities including, adaptive golf, tennis, basketball, martial arts, laser target shooting; interactive fishing simulator, disc golf and therapeutic recreation activities provided by Tallahassee Community College (TCC.) This is a free event. Call for more information.

Event Organizer
Florida Outdoors Disabled Association

Event Contact Information:
Ochlockonee River State Park
429 State Park Rd
Tallahassee FL 32358
850-201-2944
www.fdoa.org/tallahassee
Flyer
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 8, 2017   11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Time
 Community Spring Fling
Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, Games, Food. FREE for everyone. Easter Egg Hunt Schedule: 12:00-12:15 Walking 3 year olds (staff will assist with hunt); 12:15- 12:45 4-7 year olds and 12:45-1:15 8-10 year olds. Bring your own baskets.

Event Organizer
Families First Network

Event Contact Information:
Families First Network, Children Services Building
1221 W. Lakeview Avenue
Pensacola FL 32501
850-429-6500

April 8, 2017   2:00 PM - : Eastern Time
 Strike Out Autism Baseball Game
S.N.A.P. Has teamed up for the third year with Stetson Athletics Hatters to promote Autism Awareness in a riveting baseball game against Florida Gulf Coast University's Eagles. Several community organizations will join us in supporting our Special Needs community : Welcoming Hearts, UCF C.A.R.D/PALS, Blue Jay Academy, Special Olympics of Florida - Volusia County, and Autism Speaks. Tickets Price $10.00 and can be purchased on our website. We can mail your tickets to you, or you can pick them up from our staff game day.
A Bounce House will be at Melching Field for the kids to enjoy; courtesy of Bounce & Play.


Event Organizer
Special Needs Ability Program and Stetson Athletic Hatters

Event Contact Information:
Melching Field
555 S. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand FL 32724
800-816-5235

Event Coordinator
Jamie Grover

April 9, 2017   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
 Sunshine Splash
Although we are based in Connecticut, LOF Adaptive holds its annual “Sunshine Splash” event at Lake Ivanhoe for the disabled community of central Florida. This year’s event will be held on April 8 & 9, 2017 from 9AM-4PM. The event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. All ages and disabilities are welcome!

Event Organizer
LOF Adaptive Skiers

Event Contact Information:
Lake Ivanhoe Park
57 S Ivanhoe Blvd
Orlando FL 32804
203-426-0666
lofadaptiveskiers.org/home/orlando-florida-sunshine-splash-april-8-9-2017/

Event Coordinator
Joel Zeisler
lofskiers@gmail.com
Flyer
April 11, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 ABLE United Workshop
This workshop is being held to educate participants on how to open an ABLE United account, who can contribute, how much can be contributed and how can it be used. This is a giant step for individuals with disabilities and Florida is leading the way. By learning about this program, you can help others learn and save. Speakers: John Finch, Director of ABLE United; Attorney Lauchlin Waldock will be at the meeting to talk about how Special Needs Trusts can complement ABLE accounts. - John Curry from North Florida Financial to discuss how ABLE accounts fit in with your overall planning.
There is no cost to attend, but you will need to register by April 4 by calling Amanda at 562-3000


Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
North Florida Financial Corporation
3664 Coolidge Ct. (Southwood)
Tallahassee FL
850-562-3000

Event Coordinator
Amanda

April 11, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 ABLE United Workshop
This workshop is being held to educate participants on how to open an ABLE United account, who can contribute, how much can be contributed and how can it be used. This is a giant step for individuals with disabilities and Florida is leading the way. By learning about this program, you can help others learn and save. Speakers: John Finch, Director of ABLE United; Attorney Lauchlin Waldock will be at the meeting to talk about how Special Needs Trusts can complement ABLE accounts. - John Curry from North Florida Financial to discuss how ABLE accounts fit in with your overall planning.
There is no cost to attend, but you will need to register by April 4 by calling Amanda at 562-3000


Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
North Florida Financial Corporation
3664 Coolidge Ct. (Southwood)
Tallahassee FL
850-562-3000

Event Coordinator
Amanda

April 13, 2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time
 Connecting the Dots 2017
Family Care Council Area 4 would like to announce our "Connecting the Dots 2017" conference is open for registration. Please join us for a half-day, disability-topic conference. Keynote speaker Boaz Nelson, from Picasso Einstein in Pembroke Pines, FL will present "The #JobCreators Movement: Simple & Sustainable Employment"

After the keynote, the conference offers two subsequent breakout sessions, including a variety of topics such as: Making Employment Meaningful to the Person: How?, Navigating the iBudget Waiver, Mental Health issues in the IDD population, Guardianship Options, Self-Directed IEPs, Financial strategies and options, Parent Panel, Preparing for Independent Living, Q & A with APD Staff, ABLE United, and more.


Event Organizer
Area 4 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Schultz Center
4019 Boulevard Center Drive
Jacksonville FL 32207

www.eventbrite.com/e/connecting-the-dots-conference-2017-tickets-31940041524

Event Coordinator
Karen Prewitt
prewitt.karen@yahoo.com

April 13, 2017   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Autism Speaker Series: John Miller
John Miller was born in 1968 in Montreal, Quebec. As a child he dealt with many social and academic difficulties. After many struggles and hard work he graduated from high school in 1986. John completed a BA in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. A few years later he decided to get a Masters in Special Education, in order to help those with special needs. By chance John started teaching students with autism. . In 2010 he published a manuscript based on his own life and teaching experiences titled, "The A Word: My Life With Asperger's and the World of Autism." In early 2011 he felt privileged to be invited to the Autism society of Florida's Board. Presently, he is beginning a manuscript on dating and relationships for males with high functioning autism and Asperger's titled; Navigating the Mine field: A Dating and Relationship Guide for Males with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's.

Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
FAU, Boca Raton Campus - Live Oak Pavilion Rooms C and D
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton FL 33433
561-212-8058
www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-speaker-series-john-miller-tickets-29836404489

Event Coordinator
Mercedes Pagano
paganom@fau.edu

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 22, 2017   9:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 Autism Speaks Walk 2017
Join us for the Autism Speaks Walk and make a difference for people on the spectrum. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Must register to participate. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
Autism Speaks Tampa Bay Chapter

Event Contact Information:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa FL 33607
407-478-6330

Event Coordinator
katy Formella
katy.formella@autismspeaks.org

April 22, 2017   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
 Guardian Advocacy Workshop
Laurie Ohall, PA will be hosting a Guardian Advocacy Workshop in April. She will assist low income special needs families achieve guardianship of their children. The workshop is free. FDST has relied on the expertise of Ms. Ohall each time our members had a question related to Special Needs trusts, guardianship and estate planning. She serves on our FDST Board of Directors as our Special Needs Attorney. Call or E-mail for more information.

Event Organizer
FDST (F.R.I.E.N.D.S. TAMPA)

Event Contact Information:
FDST Offices
1219 Millennium Parkway
Brandon FL 33511
813-245-2782
info@friendssupport.org

April 24, 2017   7:30 AM - : Eastern Time
 "Ante Up FORE Autism" 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic benefitting Jacksonville School for Autism
JSA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit school dedicated to helping children with Autism achieve a solid foundation for learning and communication. Ante Up FORE Autism is the 13th annual Charity Golf Classic at Deerwood Country Club on Monday, April 24, 2017. This event will benefit Jacksonville School for Autism. Registration is at 7:30 am. Shotgun Start is at 9:00 am. Lunch/Prizes/Raffle is at 12:30 pm.
Together, we can make a difference in helping children improve their odds of defeating Autism! EDUCATE. ENGAGE. INSPIRE.


Event Organizer
Jacksonville School for Autism

Event Contact Information:
Deerwood Country Club
10239 Golf Club Drive
Jacksonville FL 32256
904-642-5917
www.jsakids.org/fundraisers/golf-classic/

April 25, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

April 25, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

April 25, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

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 26, 2017   7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Parenting Special Needs Support Group
This group is open to any parent or caregiver of a child with ANY special needs and its FREE. It is a great place to meet parents on similar journeys, gain insight and information. Support group meets on April 26, 2017, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Days/times subject to change. Call for more information.

Event Contact Information:
262 Crystal Grove Bouelvard
Lutz FL
813-966-7064

Event Coordinator
Erica Dupont
Erica@protherapyplus.com

April 27, 2017   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Central Time
 Step Up For Students Scholarships Presentation
Presentation open to all parents of children who qualify for the Step Up for Students Scholarships. Space is limited. You must RSVP to ADMIN@ASECFL.COM Presentation by Stephanie Love, Step Up for Students Community Outreach Manager.Step Up For Students, is a state-approved nonprofit scholarship organization that helps administer two scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) and the Gardiner Scholarship (formerly known as Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts-PLSA) for children with certain special needs.

Event Organizer
Autism Spectrum on the Emerald Coast, Inc. Brad Burnette

Event Contact Information:
St. Jude's Episcopal Church
200 N. Partin Dr.
Niceville FL 32578


Event Coordinator
Brad Burnette
ADMIN@ASECFL.COM

April 27, 2017   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences provide the perfect opportunity to build and strengthen the relationships between parents and teachers. Communication is an essential component to your child's academic success. This training provides a great framework for effective parent-teacher conferences and meetings.

Event Organizer
FAU CARD

Event Contact Information:
500 NW California Blvd
D-115/Schreiber Conference Center
Port St Lucie FL 34986

www.eventbrite.com/e/effective-parent-teacher-conferences-tickets-29442911541

Event Coordinator
Cathy Allore

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 29, 2017   8:30 AM - : Eastern Time
 Florida On The Move
Join us for our spring conference April 28, 29, 30th. The conference kicks off with a Friday evening Social from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a board meeting at 8:15; Saturday speakers starts at 8:30 a.m., and there will be activities for the children and WALK begins Saturday afternoon at 3:00. Items for the Raffles comes from Donations from our families that come to conferences, so bring items or Pick up GIFT Cards. There are cabins that sleep between 4 to 8 people or RV sites. Call Tropical Palms Resort at 407-235-7179 and mention the Prader-Willi Conference. Must register to attend this event. Call or E-mail the Prader-Willi Association Florida for more information.

Event Organizer
Prader-Willi Association of Florida

Event Contact Information:
Tropical Palms Resort
2650 Holiday Trail
Kissimmee FL 34746
321-229-2986

Event Coordinator
Beverly DeLemos
pwfa2015@gmail.com

April 30, 2017   3:00 AM - : Eastern Time
 Florida On The Move
Join us for our spring conference April 28, 29, 30th. The conference kicks off with a Friday evening Social from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a board meeting at 8:15; Saturday speakers starts at 8:30 a.m., and there will be activities for the children and WALK begins Saturday afternoon at 3:00. Items for the Raffles comes from Donations from our families that come to conferences, so bring items or Pick up GIFT Cards. There are cabins that sleep between 4 to 8 people or RV sites. Call Tropical Palms Resort at 407-235-7179 and mention the Prader-Willi Conference. Must register to attend this event. Call or E-mail the Prader-Willi Association Florida for more information.

Event Organizer
Prader-Willi Association of Florida

Event Contact Information:
Tropical Palms Resort
2650 Holiday Trail
Kissimmee FL 34746
321-229-2986

Event Coordinator
Beverly DeLemos
pwfa2015@gmail.com

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 1, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Florida STM Get Away
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere. While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

Event Organizer
Special Touch Ministry

Event Contact Information:
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Wales FL
321-543-8729
www.specialtouch.org

Event Coordinator
Pastor Joe and Ann Trementozzi
Trementozzi@specialtouch.org

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 11, 2017   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time
 May 11th Conference R.E.A.C.H Event
Join us for this exciting diversity and inclusion business to business conference!

Learn from award-winning keynote speakers Haben Girma and Debra Ruh about fostering diversity in the workplace through hiring, training and retaining persons with disabilities at our “Reinforcing Employment Access & Career Hiring” (R.E.A.C.H.) event!


Event Organizer
CareerSource Palm Beach County

Event Contact Information:
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach FL

www.eventbrite.com/e/reach-tickets-30700042654?aff=es2

Event Coordinator
Elsa DeGoias
edegoias@careersourcepbc.com

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

May 24, 2017   7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time
 Parenting Special Needs Support Group
This group is open to any parent or caregiver of a child with ANY special needs and its FREE. It is a great place to meet parents on similar journeys, gain insight and information. Support group meets on April 26, 2017, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Days/times subject to change. Call for more information.

Event Contact Information:
262 Crystal Grove Bouelvard
Lutz FL
813-966-7064

Event Coordinator
Erica Dupont
Erica@protherapyplus.com

May 29, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Florida STM Get Away
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere. While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

Event Organizer
Special Touch Ministry

Event Contact Information:
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Wales FL
321-543-8729
www.specialtouch.org

Event Coordinator
Pastor Joe and Ann Trementozzi
Trementozzi@specialtouch.org
Flyer
May 30, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Florida STM Get Away
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere. While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

Event Organizer
Special Touch Ministry

Event Contact Information:
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Wales FL
321-543-8729
www.specialtouch.org

Event Coordinator
Pastor Joe and Ann Trementozzi
Trementozzi@specialtouch.org
Flyer
May 30, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

May 30, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

May 30, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

May 31, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Florida STM Get Away
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere. While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

Event Organizer
Special Touch Ministry

Event Contact Information:
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Wales FL
321-543-8729
www.specialtouch.org

Event Coordinator
Pastor Joe and Ann Trementozzi
Trementozzi@specialtouch.org
Flyer
June 1, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Florida STM Get Away
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere. While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

Event Organizer
Special Touch Ministry

Event Contact Information:
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Wales FL
321-543-8729
www.specialtouch.org

Event Coordinator
Pastor Joe and Ann Trementozzi
Trementozzi@specialtouch.org

June 2, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 Florida STM Get Away
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere. While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

Event Organizer
Special Touch Ministry

Event Contact Information:
Lake Aurora Christian Camp
Lake Wales FL
321-543-8729
www.specialtouch.org

Event Coordinator
Pastor Joe and Ann Trementozzi
Trementozzi@specialtouch.org

June 15, 2017   8:30 AM - : Eastern Time
 2017 Florida Lifespan Respite Summit
Please plan to join us for this all day event full of collaboration and idea sharing. We will work together to expand the Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance and make respite a priority in our state.

More information, including registration instructions will follow as the date nears.

If you would like to consider presenting or participating on an expert panel, please let us know! We are looking for experts of all types - caregivers, care receivers. professionals in disabilities fields, faith based groups, and more.


Event Organizer
Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance

Event Contact Information:
St. Paul United Methodist Church
1498 Rosery Road East
Largo FL 33770

http://www.fllifespanrespite.com/

Event Coordinator
Kasey Cunningham
kasey@fllifespanrespite.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

June 27, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

June 27, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

June 27, 2017   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time
 Area 2 Family Care Council Meeting
Monthly meeting. The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. You are encouraged to attend in person. However if you cannot, you may call into the conference call line at 1-888-670-3525 passcode at prompt is 9486690734#.

Event Organizer
Area 2 Family Care Council

Event Contact Information:
Children's Home Society conference room
1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive
Tallahassee FL 32308
800-470-8101

Event Coordinator
Louise Ogburn

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

August 28, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 2017 Florida Conference on Aging
The 2017 Conference attracted over 500 registrants and 104 presenters. The Florida Aging Network recognizes that professionals are busier than ever. However, the value of training and networking has never been more important. We invite you to be part of a 62-year tradition by sponsoring or exhibiting at the largest aging network conference in Florida. Over the years, our sponsors and exhibitors have succeeded in building brand awareness with leaders in the field of aging. Support from our sponsors makes this Conference possible and accessible to everyone who is interested in attending – from students and professionals to caregivers and retirees. We would like to work with you to develop the right mix of benefits to enhance your visibility and networking opportunities at the Conference

Event Organizer
Florida Council on Aging

Event Contact Information:
Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando FL 32821
850-222-8877
www.fcoa.org/2017%20Sponsor%20Brochure%20FINAL.pdf
moreinfo@fcoa.org

August 29, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 2017 Florida Conference on Aging
The 2017 Conference attracted over 500 registrants and 104 presenters. The Florida Aging Network recognizes that professionals are busier than ever. However, the value of training and networking has never been more important. We invite you to be part of a 62-year tradition by sponsoring or exhibiting at the largest aging network conference in Florida. Over the years, our sponsors and exhibitors have succeeded in building brand awareness with leaders in the field of aging. Support from our sponsors makes this Conference possible and accessible to everyone who is interested in attending – from students and professionals to caregivers and retirees. We would like to work with you to develop the right mix of benefits to enhance your visibility and networking opportunities at the Conference

Event Organizer
Florida Council on Aging

Event Contact Information:
Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando FL 32821
850-222-8877
www.fcoa.org/2017%20Sponsor%20Brochure%20FINAL.pdf
moreinfo@fcoa.org

August 30, 2017   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
 2017 Florida Conference on Aging
The 2017 Conference attracted over 500 registrants and 104 presenters. The Florida Aging Network recognizes that professionals are busier than ever. However, the value of training and networking has never been more important. We invite you to be part of a 62-year tradition by sponsoring or exhibiting at the largest aging network conference in Florida. Over the years, our sponsors and exhibitors have succeeded in building brand awareness with leaders in the field of aging. Support from our sponsors makes this Conference possible and accessible to everyone who is interested in attending – from students and professionals to caregivers and retirees. We would like to work with you to develop the right mix of benefits to enhance your visibility and networking opportunities at the Conference

Event Organizer
Florida Council on Aging

Event Contact Information:
Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando FL 32821
850-222-8877
www.fcoa.org/2017%20Sponsor%20Brochure%20FINAL.pdf
moreinfo@fcoa.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