July 4 - 9, 2017
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
FFL is about our type 1 families
You'll hear from world-renowned diabetes care experts ...
... and learn about innovative research from pioneers in the field
Don't miss the Grand Opening of the Exhibition Hall
First timer? Don't worry -- you'll meet hundreds of others
Our kids and adults with type 1 are FFL Stars
FFL is also for adults with type 1 and their families
Food is healthy and carb counted for you and includes a separate gluten free buffet
Selfie-Sunday with your new Friends for Life
Children with Diabetes presents our 18th annual Friends for Life® Orlando conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups, share your story, and help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes. Watch toddlers and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!
Who Should Attend Friends for Life®?
- Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
- Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
- Kids with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best buddies
- Their parents
- Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners and children
- Health care professionals who work with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)
The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell
- Monday, July 3:
Presidentâ€™s Fund-raiser Evening details To Be Announced in January
Sponsors and large booth set-up in Exhibit Hall
- Tuesday, July 4:
Registration is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so pick up your name badge, conference t-shirt, and green/orange bracelets nice and early! Retinal screenings begin. TrialNet and Celiac screenings begin. Pump Trials begin. Meet new friends and enjoy pool time! It's very easy to find other FFLers â€“ look for the bracelets and FFL tees! Sports Central opens. Discussion groups and informal social get togethers will be held to help people meet each other. Staff dinner and team-building at Splitsville.
- Wednesday, July 5:
Focus groups, sessions, and symposia. Youth programming available all day. The Teen program begins in the afternoon. Sports Central is open. Screenings (Retinal, TrialNet, Celiac) continue. Pump Trials continue. First Timers Orientation â€“ don't miss it! â€“ will be held at 4:30 p.m. The Exhibit Hall opens at 6:00 p.m., in conjunction with a Grand Opening Reception. The Quilt for Life opens in the Exhibit Hall.
- Thursday, July 6:
Sessions for adults, parents, grandparents, and youth are offered all day. Free full day childcare available for 5 and under, preregistration only. Sports Central, Screenings, and Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall is open all day. The Family and Friends Banquet and Dance from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. â€“ with DJ Miles â€“ includes everyone â€“ no tickets required if you are registered for the conference! The theme this year is FFL Country Jamboree!
- Friday, July 7:
Sessions for adults and children all day. Free full day childcare available for 5 and under, preregistration only. Teens are offsite at a Disney park (park TBD); (Important note: Teens must attend all four sessions on Thursday in order to participate on Friday); Sports Central and Screenings continue. Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall closes at 4 p.m. There will be a Young Adult Dinner for ages 18-25. Dessert and Posters with the Faculty is back (all ages welcome), as is the T1 Adults Social Event (T1 Adults and their partners) and Family Movie Night (for the younger crowd and their parents).
- Saturday, July 8:
TBD family day. Saturday evening features the Teen Dance and Tween Social. The Family Fun Night (for any age) will also be back this year. Sports Central is open until 3:00 pm.
- Sunday, July 9:
Farewell Breakfast, tearful goodbyes
What Does Registration Include?
Registration includes all sessions for adults and children, session materials, and one t-shirt per person.
Registration includes childcare for pre-registered children ages 0-5. We are not able to accept walk-in childcare. The link to the childcare registration form will be available in January 2017.
Quite a few meals are included in the price of registration. We will detail those in January 2017 once sponsorships are confirmed.
For the teens who participate in the Teen Day offsite at a park (park TBD), a park ticket, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Please note that teens must participate in all four sessions on Thursday in order to participate in the Friday Park Day. (Certain exceptions are permitted, such as retinal screening.) This is also true of the Saturday Teen Dance.
This year we will have childcare (ages 0-5), elementary group (ages 6-8), a young tween group (ages 9-10), and older tween group (ages 11-12), a young teen group (ages 13-14) an older teen group (ages 15-17). Participants 18 and older are in the adult group, even if they have just graduated from high school. Children must participate in the age group of their current age at the time of the conference. This is per our insurance, and there are no exceptions.
Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian registered for the conference and with them in the building during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children may not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.
The Conference Venue and Hotel Reservations
Disney's Coronado SpringsÂ Resort is located near Magic KingdomÂ® Park, EpcotÂ®, Disneyâ€™s Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal KingdomÂ® Theme Park. Five swimming pools are on the Hotel grounds, including a huge, feature-pool complex with southwestern theme. A children's playground is on site, as is a large game arcade and fitness center. A jogging trail winds around the 15-acre lake. Complimentary Disney bus transportation, Disneyâ€™s Magical Express, is available between the Hotel and all Disney Theme Parks, as well as between the Orlando International Airport and the Hotel.
Sleeping rooms include 2 queen beds or a king bed, refrigerator, complimentary wireless internet, ceiling fan, coffee maker, wall safe, and telephone. Wireless high speed internet is also available in public areas of the hotel, including the lobby, conference center, and swimming pool.
Room rates are $153 + tax. This rate is available from July 1, 2017 to July 11, 2017 for those families who might want to extend their vacation. In support of the Friends for Life conference, $8 per room night will be donated by Disney back to CWD.
CWD rooms will be located throughout the Coronado Springs Resort in the Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabana buildings. We do not have designated rooms in specific buildings. If you have a physical disability which requires close proximity to the Convention Center, please contact Laura Billetdeaux at email@example.com.
Corporate Suites may be reserved for hospitality events or entertaining, subject to availability. There are different types of suites and they have different prices; please contact the Hotel directly for availability and pricing.
Hotel Reservation Link
You may reserve a room online at resweb.passkey.com/go/2017FriendsforLife.
A few things to note in regard to this online room registration process:
- Disneyâ€™s Online booking site is available for booking, modifying and canceling reservations 24/7. Should you need assistance while booking your reservation, please contact Group Reservations by calling 407-939-4686 during business hours â€“ Monday - Friday.
- The dates offered on the site for room reservations are those dates that CWD has contracted. If you would like to book hotel nights before or after that, you will need to contact the Housing office to inquire about availability.
- Please put the names and ages for any children in your group under the â€śother informationâ€ť section of the guest information landing page.
- You may book Disneyâ€™s Magical Express reservations by visitingÂ www.disneyconventiontickets.com/disneyworld/transportation/Â or by calling (407) 827-6777 with your flight informationÂ AFTERÂ your hotel reservation has been entered into the system and you have received the Resort Confirmation email.
Also, please note that this yearâ€™s conference is right during the busy July 4 holiday week. The resort will be quite crowded and will likely sell out early. If you plan to vacation for a few days prior to or after the conference, please make your reservations as soon as possible. While CWD has a block of rooms under contract, once those rooms are spoken for, reservations are subject to additional availability.
For more conference information, including sponsorship and exhibitor information, contact Laura Billetdeaux at 734-353-9294 or .
Cancellations prior to June 1, 2017 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. After June 1, 2017, no refunds are available.
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation offers conference scholarships each year. Please refer to the Diabetes Scholars Foundation website for more information. Note that the Diabetes Scholars Foundation is an entirely separate organization from CWD, so you do need to contact them directly in order to discuss scholarship questions.
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