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.
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.
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.
Submit scripted question ideas to assist us in our question writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 16.
Please RSVP by email email@example.com or by phone 519-886-9150 x1 by March 16th 2018, indicating the number of people who will be attending.
Taming Your Worry Dragon – Teaching children (ages 7 to 10) to identify signs and triggers of anxiety. Children will develop effective strategies and feel empowered to take control over their worries so that they can cope through difficult situations.
Cost: $150, sliding scale available.
Date: Mondays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm. March 19 to April 30
Dynamic Girls (Gr. 7/8) – This group focuses on improving social interactions, increasing self esteem and improving mood. Each week will cover different topics and teach girls skills that will help them cope with difficult times, overcome obstacles and develop healthy relationships with themselves and others.
Cost: $175, sliding scale available.
Date: Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm. March 22 to May 3
For more information please contact 519-743-6333.
KiJengle Inclusive Education and Music Therapy is hosting another Karaoke Night! This is an inclusive event for individuals 16+.
Date: February 16, 2018
Location: Bridgeport Community Centre (20 Tyson Dr. Kitchener)
Cost: Free – $5 for pizza and pop
A-Team Waterloo Region is a place where individuals with Aspergers can discuss topics in a safe and welcoming environment.
The next meeting will be a PRIVATE meeting on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 on the 3rd floor at KW Habilitation (99 Ottawa St. S, Kitchener). There is an optional pre-meeting social that begins at 7:00pm with the formal discussion to follow at 7:30pm. The topic of the meeting will be Making and Maintaining Friendships (Part 2).
Not sure what the difference between a “private” and “open” meeting is?
Private meetings are intended for individuals who personally identify with Aspergers Syndrome, or Autism Spectrum Disorder – level 1. In order to honour participant privacy and to allow participants to freely express themselves, we ask that support person do not attend private meetings. At open meetings, each participant may bring one support person with them to the meeting if they wish. Open meetings often have guest speakers.
Click here for more information or to RSVP.
The Region of Waterloo is hosting a workshop entitled “Addictions and Mental Illness: Working with Co-Occurring Disorders”. This workshop is being shared across Canada by Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI).
Wednesday May 16, 20188:30 am to 4:30 pm
St George Hall 665 King St. N Waterloo
Who should attend?
This is a workshop intended for anyone working with people who struggle with both addictions and mental illness.
Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. This makes recovery
complicated. Service providers may not know where to start.
– Did the addiction cause the mental illness?
– Did the mental illness cause the addiction?
– Is there something else that leads to both?
A framework for systematically working with both issues at the same time will be given. Participants will explore:
– The impact of addiction and mental illness;
– Receive an overview of theoretical frameworks; and
– Learn how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.
Lear more or register here.
From The Blog
- Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, includes a variety of new protections for workers and an increase to the minimum wage in Ontario to $14 per hour as of January 1, 2018.
– The government recognizes that Bill 148 may impact expenses for people and families in receipt of direct funding.
– Ontario is providing increased funding for people and families who receive direct funding through the Passport and Special Services at Home programs so they can maintain their services.
– People and families in receipt of direct funding through the SSAH and Passport programs will receive an annualized increase of 15% to their allocation beginning in April 2018.
– For fiscal year 2017/18, people and families will receive a pro-rated 15% increase for a three month period effective January 1, 2018 through to March 31, 2018
– This phased investment will go to support individuals and families in receipt of direct funding through the Passport and Special Services at Home programs manage the range of costs associated with the benefits of Bill 148.
For questions regarding specific details and different implementation dates for parts of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, more information can be found here.