Parent Mentor

Parent Mentor

Parents who have a child with special needs often feel helpless and alone. Talking with someone who can give them specific guidance can bring a sense of security to parents who wonder what to do when their child does not fit the pattern for the usual growth and development.


WRFN Programs

Programs at Waterloo Region Family Network include a variety of workshops and seminars, ongoing support groups and personal guidance to ensure families are aware of and appropriately connected to all available community resources. Our programs also include social and skill development groups.


WRFN Resources

Our resources page includes information and links on many topics: Advocacy, Support, Respite, Education, Financial Assistance, Camps, Employment needs, Health, Transportation and much more.

Vulnerable Persons Registry: In the event of an emergency, The Registry provides police access to helpful information such as: emergency contacts, detailed description, ways to communicate.

Community News on has expanded to include news and events in Waterloo Region.

Autism in High School is a new web-based guide to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families as they navigate the transitions and common challenges of high school.

Upcoming Events

Colonization Road

KiJengle Inclusive Education and Music Therapy is hosting an inclusive Karaoke Night for individuals 16+.
Date: January 19, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 7:00PM
Location: Bridgeport Community Centre (20 Tyson Dr. Kitchener)
Cost: Free (if you would like pop and pizza it is $5)

Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) has the following upcoming workshops:

Transitioning from Childhood ADHD Into Adolescent ADHD: What Parents Need To Know
January 23, 2018 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST
This presentation will cover topics such as increased academic challenges, driving, relationships, sex and unwanted pregnancies, smoking, alcohol, pot, stimulant medication and other substance abuse, continuing issues with emotional regulation, and challenges in transitioning into the adult health care system. Register here.

Adult ADHD and Substance Use Disorders- Dr. David Teplin
February 22, 2018 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST
This webinar addresses the commonly observed overlap between Adult ADHD and Substance Use Disorders. While each are independent disorders, there are several factors involved as to why there exists such high overlap rates, both in ADHD clinical settings, as well as in addiction treatment settings. Register here.

Oak Bridge Academy, a New School Designed to Help Children with Special Needs Exceed their Potential, Hosts an Open House in February

Oak Bridge Academy will host an Open House on February 26, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at its new location at 455 Myers Road, Cambridge. Ahead of its grand opening this September, Oak Bridge Academy invites the community to learn about its curriculum and admission procedures, and tour the impressive facilities that will accommodate the school.

Parents of children with special needs will discover how Oak Bridge Academy can start their child on a journey toward success in school and in life. Educators and behaviour therapists will learn how they can be part of the rewarding academic and therapeutic environment of Oak Bridge Academy.

Oak Bridge Academy is a new alternative, not-for-profit elementary school offering evidence-based academic and behaviour programming for children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and other related learning exceptionalities. Families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome in this inclusive school.

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Bring out the whole family for a fun movie morning to see Sherlock Gnomes in 2D! This event is open to children with ASD, their siblings and caregivers only.

Date: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 10AM
Location: Kitchener Empire Theatres

Registration opens January 31, 2018.

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From The Blog

Research Opportunity

You are invited to participate in research regarding the association among imitation, social, and motor deficits in individuals with ASD.

To learn more about this opportunity please see the information flyer.

Job Opportunity

The YMCA’s of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge is hiring EarlyON Program Facilitators. The function of this role is to create and deliver quality programs and services for families and children ages 0 – 6 years in a welcoming, stimulating, and safe environment.

To learn more about these opportunities please see the following job descriptions:

EarlyON Program Facilitator – Full time

EarlyON Program Facilitator – Part time

The application deadline is January 29, 2018 at noon.


New process for requesting inclusion support – City of Kitchener

City of Kitchener Inclusion Services is excited to announce a new process for requesting inclusion support for year-round and summer recreation programs.

The changes will take effect for the Spring 2018 program session.  To ensure you are ready to request support for upcoming programs including summer camp, fill out your inclusion membership today.  The application is available now on the link provided below.  This is the first step in requesting inclusion support for any municipal recreation programs. Once you have your membership you can then request support through ACTIVE Net when program registration opens for the session you are looking to participate in.

For all the details click on the link below.

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