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

Autism Ontario is inviting children ages 4-7 with ASD, along with their parents to Morphy Music Sessions in Cambridge.

This group will meet each Friday evening, for 4 weeks from 6pm to 7pm.  The sessions will be fun, interactive and social.  Music, signing and instruments will be used at each session.

Parents/caregivers are expected to attend and participate during each session.


January 12, 2018

January 19, 2018

January 26

February 2, 2018 .

Spaces are limited.  Pre-registration is required and begins December 5, 2017 at 2pm.

To learn more about this opportunity click here.

Autism Ontario is inviting families to come out and enjoy 3 hours of tubing at Chicopee Tubing Park in Kitchener on Saturday, February 10, 2018!

This event is open to children with ASD, their siblings and caregivers only,  – all must be ages 4 and up and 42″ tall.  Spaces are very limited.  Pre-registration is required and opens January 2, 2018 at 11am.

Learn more about the event and registration here.


Parachute Flyer

Parenting brochure

Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Stars in Waterloo.  Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!

Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team.

Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game.  Cues will be taken from the child, siblings and parents and activities can include balancing balls, Frisbees, volleyballs, softer balls, hula hoops, smaller nets, etc.  It can be a very diverse hour but it is an hour of physical activity.

**Parents must participate with their children on the field**

Registration begins December 1, at 11am.

The program runs from Saturday, 6 January 2018 at 3:00 PM - Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 4:00 PM

Learn more here.

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From The Blog

Developmental Services Spotlight on Transformation

Read Spotlight on Transformation, November 2017 issue – Ontario Seeks New Proposals for the next Phase of the Employment and Modernization Fund.

Immigration Partnership Community Survey 2017

Are you an immigrant or refugee to Canada?

Do you serve or employ immigrants or refugees?

Are you an interested community member with ideas about how to better welcome immigrants and refugees to Waterloo Region?

The Immigration Partnership wants your help to guide how to best support immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. The survey closes December 13, 2017.

The survey is available in English, Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin.

Access the survey online here.

Contact Paulina Rodriguez, Social Planning Associate, at for any questions about this survey.

WRFN Annual Appeal

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Taking a child with special needs outside of their comfort zone can be exhausting and a real challenge for families. Parents always wonder…will it cost a small fortune to try something new only to have to leave in a meltdown? Will other people be looking at us oddly because our child doesn’t behave like other kids do? Will the space be truly accessible for our kids?

These are only a few of the many questions Sarah thinks of before a family outing with her two daughters, Ivy and Gwen. Both have autism.

“It doesn’t often get to me,” says Sarah, “but there are days when I just want to be a normal family and show up somewhere without feeling that I have to explain my children’s different behaviour.”

WRFN Camp Day was that day!!!

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