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

Jenny Mitchell, CFRE, delivers straight talk on how to step into your important role as a fundraising leader at your organization. With practical, hands-on examples, Jenny will help you own your space at the table where fundraising decisions are made, ask confidently for the things you need to get your job done, and create a work-life balance that lives in harmony with being a successful fundraiser. Being your own Chief Visionary Officer is the secret to making that happen. This session will help you approach your job with purpose and clarity so you can achieve the goals that feed your success.

This event will be held May 18th from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm at Waterloo Region Museum. Learn more about the event here 

Movie Night

Autism Ontario is inviting you to take part in their webinar,  Understanding Challenging Behaviour. This is a live, interactive webinar on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 8-9pm.

Join Dr. Ross Greene (author of “The Explosive Child” as he discusses CPS (Collaborative and Proactive Solutions), an approach that recognizes challenging behaviour in children and equips parents to develop tools and techniques to reduce these challenging episodes.

Register for this event here.

Light House invites you to their first ever summer adult prom! Wear your best formal, or Hawaiian attire, or come as you are!

Date: Friday, June 16. 2017
Time: 6:30-9pm
Where: Light House
Cost: $5 (includes snacks and refreshments)
RSVP by June 9th by calling 226-338-2681 or emailing Space is limited. This event is for ages 16+

Developing supporters and leaders to mindfully support individuals to “be all they can be”. This workshop is targeted to direct support people, caregivers and families members who support people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

“Peter provides caregivers with the skills and awareness that enable them to be competent and kind in situations where they may be in front of people whose behaviour awakens quite different feelings in them.” Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche International.

Date/Time: Saturday May 6th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: KidsAbility Pavillion at 500 Hallmark Dr. Waterloo, ON
Cost: Free, please register via EventBrite

Coffee, Tea and light refreshments provided

Presented by: KidsAbility, Extend-A-Family, Kerry’s Place, Canadian Mental Health Association

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From The Blog

Waterloo Region FASD CoP Update

Please see the update from the FASD Community of Practice. Find information about upcoming workshops, caregiver consultations and an update on the 2017 Ontario budget in regards to funding for individuals living with FASD.

Independent Facilitator Job Opportunity

Bridges to Belonging offers Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning to individuals who face barriers to community inclusion and full-citizenship. Bridges is currently looking to add a part-time temporary Independent Facilitator to their team.

See the Independent Facilitator Job Posting for details. The application deadline is May 10, 2017.

Join the National Para Soccer Team!

Canada’s Para Soccer Team competes in several global competitions over a four-year cycle, including the International Federation of CP Football’s biennial World Championships. Canada also strives to compete in the America’s Cup, the Parapanamerican Games, and the Paralympic Games.

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