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 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

Bodies in Motion. Brains in Motion.

Saturday Outings – Enjoy a variety of community outings between 9:30-3p.m. on Saturdays.

Spa Evening Experience – Relax, enjoy and unwind. Wednesday evenings from 4-7p.m.

Dance Nights – Dates in April, May and June. 6:30-8:30p.m.

Costs are eligible for reimbursement by Passport.


Aldaview Services in New Hamburg is offering a summer respite program. This program is for individuals with a developmental disability in grade 9 and up.

Activities include arts and crafts, music, cooking, games, social time community outings, and more!

Fees are based on participants’ needs and activity costs.

Accessible by GRT.

Weekly sessions July 3 – August 25th.

Monday to Friday from 8:30-3.

Contact Mary Hartman at or 519-552-5172

Food and culture have long been interconnected. Join your neighbours for a free six-week course, learning to prepare and cook healthy and family-friendly recipes. Led by Red Seal chef and food educator Allison Mitchell of The Busy Locavore, you will learn about affordable meal planning and cooking with seasonal ingredients. Enjoy chef guided sessions through the first four weeks, while participants take the reins for the last two sessions, showcasing their own skills and cultural recipes. Share your knowledge, while building relationships with your neighbours and community.

In partnership with Kitchener Market, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region and The Busy Locavore

Tuesdays, March 28th to May 2nd

12:30-2:30p.m. at the Kitchener Market

Please RSVP to ensure your spot by contacting Melissa at or 519-741-0190 ext. 265

The Art of Resilience and Reconciliation

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From The Blog

Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update

Please see the update from the FASD Community of Practice. Find information about Summer Chill, a camp for youth living with FASD, upcoming workshops and caregiver consultations.

Empowering Ability Podcast

Today, our friend Eric Goll is launching the Empowering Ability Podcast! The purpose of the podcast is to get families and individuals with a disability valuable word-of-mouth information on building a full and meaningful life.

April 4th WRFN’s very own Executive Director, Sue Simpson, will be the featured guest on the podcast in Episode #005. Sue and Eric discuss the power of peer to peer family relationships.

The podcast is free and available on your mobile device through iTunes, or Podbean for Android users – just search ‘Empowering Ability’. The Podcast is also available online at

In each episode Eric interviews an expert guest and covers a variety of topics including; support, finances, housing, friendship, community, and employment. The Introduction Episode and the first 3 episodes are available now, and a new episode will be released every Tuesday.


ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University have shred the following message:

ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University, is announcing the launch of new research titled “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”. We are currently conducting a survey on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The focus of this survey is on many of the current practices and barriers related to inclusive education. Read more

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