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

Transition Fair

Firefly is happy to be able to offer summer camps where children will create, discover, and meet new friends as they explore exciting themes throughout the summer.

Does your child:
– Thrive with structured and consistent routines
– Excel when in an environment that offers low camper-to-staff ratios
– Require extra support in order to play and socialize with their peers
…If so, Firefly’s summer camps are for you!

Firefly Friends (Ages 4-12)
Activities include games, crafts, music, outdoor play, swimming and much more! Each week we will have an exciting new theme, that will promote learning, exploring and creating fun camp memories. Parents have peace of mind knowing that their children are enjoying themselves under the guidance of KidsAbility staff.

Eat Cook and Mingle 
Come join us for a fun week of Cooking, Eating and Mingling! This fun camp is targeted for teens who want to learn basic cooking skills and make new friends in the process.

Street Smarts
Is your teen equipped to manage and make decisions without you? This week long camp for teens will focus on developing the skills required to make good decisions and manage more independently in the community.

Jr. Robotics (Ages 6-10)
Campers will build their Lego models with working motors, sensors and pulleys. They will program their models exploring a variety theme based activities.

Kids Kitchen (Ages 8-13)
The Kids Kitchen camp is a week long camp that teaches kids how to prepare a three course meal. Kids will learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety and more!

See the Summer Firefly Brochure for a list of dates and details.

Firefly Therapy Services is offering the following programs for spring 2018:


Eat Cook and Mingle Jr – This 8 week group is for youth in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who want to learn basic cooking skills and make new friends in the process.

Eat, Cook Mingle (teens): This fun group is targeted for teens in high school who want to learn cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it!

Home Alone: The Home Alone Program is designed to provide children/youth ages 10 –15 with the skills and knowledge needed to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time.

Jr. Robotics: Jr. Robotics uses the WeDo Lego system to teach your child how to build and program their own creations! The Lego WeDo program introduces participants ages 6-10 to robotics and computer programming.


Playtime Academy: Playtime Academy is a fun and engaging group for children aged 4 – 7 who require additional support learning how to interact and play appropriately with their peers.


Eat, Cook and Mingle (teens) – This fun group is targeted for teens in high school who want to learn cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it!

No Need to Fret – Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.
Ages: 7-11
Dates: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cost: $100

Stand Tall – A group that promotes confidence and assertiveness enabling children to protect and express themselves.
Ages: 7-9
Dates: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 & 10, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cost: $100

Please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

Community Living dances are sponsored by KW Association for Community Living and City of Kitchener. All dances take place at the Downtown Community Centre, 35 Weber St. W. Kitchener, from 7-9:45pm. If you come on your own, you are responsible for your own needs and safety.

April 20 – Wear your favourite colours
May 18 – Howdee there, Country Western fans
June 8 – Sunny Days – Sunglasses and sunhats

Participants – $5
Staff/Parent – $1
Pop – 25 cents per cup
Pizza – $1

Questions? Call Lillian – 519-741-9422 or Susan 519-654-7023

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From The Blog

Aldaview Services Summer Respite Program

Aldaview Summer Respite Program is for individuals with developmental disabilities in grade 9+. Activities include arts & crafts, music, cooking, games, social time community venues and more!

Accessible by GRT.

8:30-3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Weekly sessions from July 2 to August 24, 2018
Aldaview Services, 332 Hamilton Road, New Hamburg

For registration contact Mary Hartman, 519-662-5172 or

Register by May 1, 2018

Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds Survey

KidsAbility School Authority needs your help! Please see the message below and a link to the Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds Survey.

“Inclusive and accessible playgrounds have shown to provide improved opportunity for children to develop skills for successful engagement with the world around them. We need your help to identify the factors that would contribute to an inclusive and accessible playground for students at KidsAbility School and for clients of KidsAbility Centre for Child Development.”

Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds Survey

LCO Launches Consultation Survey to Hear About Your Experiences

Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has shared the following message:

Have you ever supported a family member, close friend, or acted as a substitute decision-maker for someone who received palliative care, or end of life care? Or, do you work in health care, academia, government, or another profession with knowledge or experience in issues during the last stages of life?

We want to hear from you!

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