FCPA Annual Meeting

Events - Florida Cleft Palate AssociationEach year the FCPA sponsors an Annual Symposium. Attending FCPA members have the opportunity to hear nationally or internationally known authorities recognized authorities in treatment or research involving craniofacial anomalies. The Symposium is always held in Florida on a weekend. The location within the state varies from year to year. To be put on the mailing list to receive information about the next Symposium please contact the FCPA.

 2016 FCPA Parent/Family Conference, February 6th, 2016.
We are very sorry, but due to unforeseen and unfortunate cicurmstances, the 2016 FCPA Family Conference has been canceled.
The Professional Symposium continues, February 5th and 6th,  2016.
We will post more information on our web site as it becomes available.
We regret any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.


Events - Florida Cleft Palate Association

The 54th FCPA Symposium and Membership Meeting will be held February 5th through 7th, 2016, at the beautiful  Plaza Resort and Spa , Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Speech/Audiology and Nursing Pre-Conferences will be on Friday, February 5th.  The General Session will be on Saturday, February 6th, and will run concurrently with the Family Conference.  Please join us!  Make your hotel and meeting registrations as soon as possible. Hotel Reservation Deadline is January 20th, 2016. 

Room Bookings: CALL the resort line at 866-500-5630 to receive our $125 rate.  Ask for a room in the FCPA Meeting Block which will be an ocean view room and include the $20/night resort fee. Click here for complete hotel information

Pre-Symposium Sessions Friday          REGISTER FOR THE SYMPOSIUM ON-LINE

Nursing Specialty Conference:
For team coordinators, nurses, and other team members.  Targeted sessions include feeding infants with Pierre Robin Sequence, Pre-surgical appliances, and information on craniosynostosis syndromes.

Speech/Audiology Specialty Conference:
For speech-language pathologists and students in the field.  Content will  be applicable across a broad range of experience levels in the area of craniofacial anomalies.  Topics include feeding management in cleft associated disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) assessment and management, speech therapy techniques for children with compensatory articulation errors and nasoendoscopy training with live videos.  

Symposium Sessions Saturday
General Session
For all professionals working in cleft and craniofacial care.  Sessions addressing surgical, speech, genetic, psychosocial and orthodontic collaborative care methods, specifically pre-surgical methods, facial growth results and more.  Presenters from across the state will showcase results and cases.

Friday February 5th Special Event
After you are registered,  please plan to attend the Professional Reception and Mixer, at the 2016 FCPA Symposium.  Be our guest and enjoy the hors d’oeuvres , pasta station  and two complimentary beverages while renewing old acquaintances and making new friends.
The reception is on Friday evening, February 5th, from 6:30 pm. to 9:30 pm in the Vista del Mar and Seabreeze Terrace at the Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach.

Register Now! There is still time to Pre-Register

  Price Schedule

Online Registration


Meeting Schedule at a   glance


Hotel Details


Continuing education credit information:

FLASHA Brand Block

FCPA 54th Symposium is offered for up to 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Unless otherwise noted below, no course planner or presenter has disclosed any relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Orlando Health and the Florida Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Orlando Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  ACCME_Logo_BW

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

 Please  continue to watch your e-mail and this page for more information.

We need your help and participation:

Consider submitting a proposal for a presentation at this symposium, as we always welcome new presenters. This is a great way to support FCPA and assist with the educational component of the symposium. Click Here for the application

We are also looking for volunteers to serve on committees and as counselors on the Executive Board.  Please contact

Read what others have said after presenting at the FCPA Symposium:

Message Body:

I just wanted to thank everybody with the FCPA for organizing and executing such a successful conference last weekend. The topics that were presented were extremely interesting and encompassing of all specialties.  I especially enjoyed the keynote speaker; I found Dr. Cassell engaging and her material critical to us as a team. As one of my first academic conferences, I was honored to present on our research, and I cannot reiterate how beneficial the experience was for me as a resident and as a clinician to share and interact with others in multiple specialties but all with the same focus.  

Again, thank you for the opportunity and the experience.

Kate Donovan Lambert, DDS
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Florida


My FCPA Experience

by Andi Thomas

To present at a conference was something I thought I would never in a million years do, or could do for that matter– that is, until last semester.  My Professor, Tambi Braun, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, gave her students the idea that they could present in a conference. Honestly, even then, I thought that I could never  do that.  I even wrote to Braun and told that I would love to go to the conference, but not present.  She said that would be fine.  Then some sort of craziness came over me.  I went right to her office and asked if there was something I could do at the conference.  “Be careful what you ask for,” Braun said in an email she sent me later that evening.

The email revealed that I would be presenting at the Florida Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association Conference.  So for almost two months, I researched, I stressed, I researched, I STRESSED! And then it was time.  I walked up to the front and presented (of course with Braun standing right there to guide me).  It was done before I had time to even breathe.

Was I a great presenter? Not exactly.  Was I a good presenter?  That would be pushing it.  Was I happy I did and went through all of the stress? ABSOLUTELY!  The entire experience was extremely beneficial in several ways.  First, I learned so much at the conference and have a greater understanding and appreciation for this population and the families and professionals involved.  Second, I think I grew as a student and as an individual (and of course have much more practice at presenting to do).  Third, I hope the excitement of my experience will rub off onto my peers and they take that opportunity presented to them—an opportunity lost by one is an opportunity gained by another.

Photos from the 52nd Annual Symposium held at the Buena Vista Hotel & Spa, Orlando,Florida

52nd Annual Group Photo
2012 Group Photo

2012 Keynote Speaker

The 2012 keynote speaker was Cynthia Cassell, PhD,National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.



Dr. Cassell at the podium


2012 Mary Brent

Mary Pavan, M.D., outgoing President, presents the Honors of the Association to Brent Seagle, M.D.

Vendors' exhibits

Vendors’ exhibits

Small Grants Program

Under the scholarship tab, you will find information regarding the Small Grants Program. The FCPA provides small grants for Florida teams that submit an approved application by March 31, 2015 The grant application may be downloaded by clicking on the above scholarship tab.

Craniofacial Family Events:

The FCPA 54th Annual Symposium and Family Conference, August 7th – 9th , 2015, in Ft. Lauderdale has been canceled.

Watch this space for news.


Deliver the Dream Family Retreat

Deliver the Dream retreats have been offering families a stress free, activity-filled camp experience for 10 years! This camp is FREE for families and hosts a special craniofacial/cleft weekend getaway in Haines City, Florida.  Families must be referred by one of the Deliver the Dream partners. For more information, visit their website at

FCPA High School Senior Scholarships
The FCPA awards scholarships annually to deserving high school seniors in Florida. The requirements and guidelines for application submission are available by clicking the scholarships tab. The student must be nominated by an active member of the FCPA. Applications deadline is March 31, 2015.
Click here for application

FCCN, Florida Cleft and Craniofacial Network

The FCCN is a great resource for new families struggling to find a team in their area, needing additional information related to the cleft or craniofacial diagnosis, or help obtaining special bottles for feeding their newborn. The Network has many brochures on hand for families, too. For more information, please call 1-800-726-2029