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

Autism Ontario is inviting children with ASD and  their families for a game of laser tag. Children and siblings must all be 5-18 years old to participate.

Date: November 19, 2017
Location: Laser Quest Kitchener1381 Victoria Street North,  Kitchener

Details and registration information can be found here.

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, October 19th, 2017, on the 3rd floor at KW Habilitation (99 Ottawa St. S, Kitchener).
Optional pre-meeting social begins at 7:00pm. Formal discussion to follow at 7:30pm.
The topic of the meeting will be Unspoken Social Rules.
Please RSVP to


Children with ASD and their siblings are invited to come out for an hour of virtual arcade reality at Ctrl V in Guelph!  Children with ASD and siblings must all be 18years old and under and 48″ or taller to participate.

Autism Ontario will have exclusive use of the venue and will provide the rentals and safety equipement needed.

Available times:
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 – 11:00am – 12noon
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 – 12:10pm – 1:10pm
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 – 1:20pm – 2:20pm
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 – 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Spaces are limited.  Pre-registration is required. Registration opens October 17, 2017. Learn more here.

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.

Film: The Punk Syndrome
Date: Tue, 24 October 2017
Time: 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Location: Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King Street North, Waterloo

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The Resilience Project – Newsletter

The Resilience Project hosts monthly Family Friendly Events at The Family Centre in addition to the many programs that all 9 partner organizations run. Learn more about The Resiliency Project and their upcoming events here.

Job Opportunity – Service Planning Coordinator


Developmental Services Resource Centre – Waterloo Region (DSRC) is a division of Sunbeam Centre. They are the host agency for Coordinated Service Planning under the Special Needs Strategy and are presently inviting applications for the position of: Service Planning Coordinator.

Please see the Service Planning Coordinator job posting for details.

Applications are due by 5pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017.


Volunteer Development Coordinator

Kinbridge Community Association (KCA) The Volunteer Development Coordinator is seeking an experienced Volunteer Development Coordinator to join their team. The successful candidate will effectively coordinate KCA volunteers through all stages including recruitment, screening, training, supervision and recognition.

Please see the Volunteer Coordinator Job Posting for details. Deadline for Resume Submission is Sunday October 15, 2017.

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