Parents who have just learned their child has 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.
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.
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 ConnectABILITY.ca has expanded to include news and events in Waterloo Region.
The Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region is hosting a morning conference http://www.elawr.org/early-literacy-conference-2016.html on Saturday, October 29th at Our Place Early Years Centre. Please see the link for details.
Family Alliance Ontario invites you to join them for some learning, thinking, and networking with individuals and families
combined with their Annual General Meeting
Date: October 29-30th
Location: Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario.
See the Save the Date for details.
This national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge; experiences and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety in health and social services.
The first webinar will take place September 29th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Please see the ICS Learning series flyer for all of the details.
The Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series screens films that will inspire, model, or challenge our thinking about what inclusion means. It is a chance for the community to come together and enjoy a film while considering what it means to be included. The Waterloo Region Inclusion Films Series is hosted by, and in support of, Bridges to Belonging.
About the Film: Chris is autistic, living on his own for more than 30 years, and a talented artist of some renown. Yet behind his cheerful paintings lies a powerful story of a family struggling to keep hold of mental health, wealth, and love.
When: Tuesday, October 4th
Location: Princess Cinemas (46 King St. North, Waterloo)
We want to hear from you! We value what you have to say and recognize that working together is key. Share your thoughts, ask your questions and help shape our future directions working towards meaningful employment, independence and more inclusion in the community. This event is hosted by KH Habilitation, the Passport Community Developer and the Waterloo Region Family Network. Please join us for an evening of conversation.
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Location: KW Habilitation, 99 Ottawa St. South, Kitchener
*** Space is limited to 40 people, additional conversations will be organized should space not allow for your participation. ***
From The Blog
It’s “Play with me” week in Waterloo Region brought to you by the Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region.
Play is a child’s work. Play exercises your child’s brain – it’s the way your child learns. While they play, they develop social skills, body muscles and creativity. They also learn to solve problems and take turns.
Find out more at Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region.