Parent Mentor

Parent Mentor

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.


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 is 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

Independent Facilitation is an ongoing relationship designed to support CHANGE. Facilitators assist people with developmental disabilities in creating change that works for them, with the people they know and trust, families, friends, and allies,. The Common Threads Conference is an opportunity to learn and share about the impact that Facilitation can have.

When: November 16-17

Where: Holiday Inn, Toronto International Airport Conference Centre

Cost: $295.  For people with a disability or a family member, tickets are available at a special rate of $75.00

Details and registration information can be found here.

Planned Lifetime Networks is holding an educational information session on Registered Disability Savings Plan on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at Lang’s Community Centre in Cambridge. This information session is open to all residents of Waterloo Region.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, this new tax-deferred savings vehicle will assist around 500,000 Canadians in planning for long-term financial security.

When: November 16th

Time: 6:30-8:30pm (Please arrive by 6:15pm)

Where: Lang’s Community Centre, 1145 Concession Rd., Cambridge

Cost: $20/individual or family

$10/associate member; No charge for lifetime members

Space is limited! To register click HERE or visit PLN’s website at

On Friday, December 9th from 9-4pm there is a Stay & Play workshop CDA’s/supportive personnel, OTs and SLPs.

Stay & Play is a seven-week social skills program for children aged 3-5 with significant social communication needs, at the emerging, moderate and advanced skill levels. It also trains peers, parents and child care/school teachers.

At this training you will get:

– An electronic copy of the comprehensive manual, that includes lesson plans for every session, materials lists, song choices, activity suggestions and visual cues to post and use in your group.

– Strategies for peer training, coaching parents, coaching child care/school teachers, facilitating social skills development in children with significant challenges, utilizing sensory and self-regulation strategies for individuals and the group.

The cost of this workshop is $30.

Please see the Stay & Play workshop flyer for details on registration.

The Community Lecture series presented by SMILE is an opportunity for the broader community to connect on and learn about disability – the challenges, the successes and the impacts on individuals and society – with the goal of creating awareness and inclusion.

The first series, “Creating Inclusion” will be a panel discussion hosted by the Noor Culture Centre Toronto.

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Time: 7pm

Address: Noor Culture Centre (123 Wynford Dr. Toronto)

Free admission and refreshments.

Visit for more information and RSVP to

The next A-Team meeting will be held October 20th.  To find details about this meeting please see the reminder.

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Support Groups

Are you caring for a child or youth who is living with mental health challenges? Does anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders or behaviour challenges make parenting difficult?

Support Groups are available to you through the Parents for Children’s Mental Health Waterloo Chapter. Open to anyone, no registration required.

Mental Health Focus
When: Fourth Tuesday of the month (except July, August and December)
Time: 7-9pm
Where: Lutherwood, 285 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo

ADHD Focus
When: Third Wednesday of the month (except July, August and December)
Time: 7-9pm
Where: Front Door, 1770 King St. E. Kitchener (Lower Level)

For more PCMH information and resources, please visit www. or view our Waterloo Region page at

Easter Seals Ontario is seeking SEAC representation

Easter Seals Ontario is seeking volunteers for the Special Education Advisory Committees at both the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board.  The positions would be as alternate representatives to support the SEAC members and attend meetings in their absence.  To find out more watch the new videos about SEAC that have been created by PAAC on SEAC.  If you are interested in finding out more about joining SEAC, please e-mail Alison Morse at


Purpose of SEAC – SEACs play an important role in your school board. Learn what a SEAC does and how they contribute to special education.

Roles and Responsibilities – What exactly does a SEAC member do? Learn how to be an effective member of your SEAC.

Meeting Process – Setting agendas, making motions, minority reports and much more. How to be a part of a successful SEAC meeting.

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada’s (CADDAC) paper on “The Impact of ADHD on Canada’s Justice and Correction Systems” featured on CBC

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada’s (CADDAC) paper on “The Impact of ADHD on Canada’s Justice and Correction Systems” was recently featured on CBC Radio’s “The Current”. The segment offered 3 different perspectives and it couldn’t have gone better! One perspective is from a lawyer who really seems to ‘get’ what ADHD is about, along with its awareness challenges! This was an ADHD advocacy home run and is definitely worth a listen! Visit the  Link  to hear the segment and please “spread the word”

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