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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.



Recreational Respite Activities


One to One Respite Support

Recreational Respite professionals work one-to-one with children, youth, adults and older adults who have a disability, mental health, or face social isolation. Those we support may face barriers to participation and connectivity which effect opportunities for participation. Targeted goals are for positive mental health, emotional wellness, social health and connectivity.


Young Adults (Ages 16+)

Virtual Group Programs

January 2024: Join Recreational Respite's online groups for Young Adults! Inclusive for all abilities, these groups foster outcomes such as creativity, critical thinking, independence, and self-discovery, along with healthy lifestyles, relationships, and skills for success. 

Please join our FREE Peer-to-Peer Talent Show, and check out our other engaging programs. There is something for everyone! 

Winter Warmups: Build a Snowman (and more)
The RecRoom: Arts & Mixed Media (series)
Friendship Circle (Series)
The Grocery Game
Exploring Careers
Comedy Club
The Winter Blues and Blahs
How to Monitor Screen Time
and more!

All programs are run via Zoom and scheduled in Eastern Time. 

Registration is open now! Click here to use our contact form or email groups@recrespite.com.


Build an Empowered You!

This in-person series is designed for young adults with developmental disabilities and/or ASD, and is open to people of all abilities who are seeking to develop life skills to become more independent. Programs include Healthy Lifestyles, Creating Routines, How to Be a Good Roommate, and more!

Where: 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
When: Wednesdays January 17 – March 6, 2024 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Cost: $400.00 per participant. Subsidies available via effieb@mnjcc.org. Offered in partnership with Recreational Respite and the Miles Nadal JCC.
Click here to register 


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