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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.



Housemate Mixer

Housemate Mixer

On Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 - 8:30 pm WRFN is partnering with Developmental Services Ontario - DSO and Sunbeam Community & Developmental Services for an in-person Housemate Mixer (2749 Kingsway Drive).


This Event is meant to help strategize and meet and mingle with others who may be looking for a housemate.


To register, email c.hall@sunbeamcommunity.ca.
Keenan O'Donoghue at 4:29 PM
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Inclusion Canada Webinar: Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Join Inclusion Canada on May 14 from 12-1 pm to learn about Listen, Include, Respect and its applicability to the justice system. Listen, Include, Respect is an international tool to promote inclusion. It was developed by people with an intellectual disability. Lawyers, judges, social workers, and other justice professionals are invited to get excited about making the justice system more accessible and inclusive.


Inclusion Canada will be joined by the following professionals working in this area:


  • Chris Rowley, 2nd Vice President, People First of Canada
  • Vivian Thickett, Parent, Inclusion Canada
  • Tia Nelis, Listen Include Respect Consultant, Inclusion International
  • Ailis Hardy, Self-advocacy Programme Manager, Inclusion International
  • Moderator: Kurt Goddard, Executive Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Inclusion Canada


This event will be hosted in English with French simultaneous interpretation, ASL, LSQ, and English and French CART captioning. 


Know anyone who works in the justice system? Invite them along! Register now!


Rachel Cave at 10:19 AM
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Transition to Work and Adult Life

Partners for Planning would like to invite you to a presentation with Inclusion New Brunswick on Transition to Work and Adult Life.


As part of the events being hosted in the Planning and Facilitation Collaborative, P4P is thrilled to be able to bring two of our colleagues from Inclusion New Brunswick—Independent Facilitators Kristy Ewart and Andrea Rando - for a presentation on their Transition to Adult Life and to Work programs.


Inclusion New Brunswick's programs are helping students from across their province think about and plan for their future after high school. Andrea and Kristy will share how they have developed and implemented this program for students and their schools throughout New Brunswick.


This is an excellent opportunity for people working with young people transitioning from school to learn how we can best support them and set them up for a successful life after high school.


These event opportunities are now open to partners and colleagues outside the PFC. By joining the PFC, you can continue to carry on this and other conversations and access other events and learning opportunities.


This event will take place on Tuesday, May 14 at 1 pm.


Register here.

Rachel Cave at 10:12 AM
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Core Competency Cafe

The Developmental Services Workforce Initiative was formed with the focus to address one aspect of Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion, namely, Planning for a Skilled Workforce. This part of the plan is about supporting a skilled, diverse and professional workforce that will help people participate meaningfully in their communities and live good lives.


Modernizing the Core Competencies is one component to support this outcome.


Core Competencies reflect the needs of our workforce by recognizing the professional nature of Developmental Services, recruiting the right people, building leadership capacity and ultimately enhancing the lives of the people we support.


They are now taking registrations for the Core Competency Cafe. See details below:

Core Competency Flyer

Relevant Links:


Rachel Cave at 1:44 PM
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Sensitive Santa for Cambridge Residents!

The City of Cambridge will be running Sensitive Santa event again this year. This initiative is exclusively reserved for children with social, emotional, accessible, and behavioural needs. This sensory-friendly environment offers reduced lighting and a quieter atmosphere to meet with Santa. Families will receive complimentary digital photographs with Santa to commemorate this magical holiday season. The event is free for families.  


The City of Cambridge, in partnership with Cambridge Centre located at 355 Hespeler Road, has organized four dates for families to visit with Santa. Sensitive Santa will come to town on the following Sundays: November 26, 2023; Sunday, December 3, 2023, December 10, 2023, and Sunday, December 17, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.


Registration is required, and spots are filled on a first-come basis.


If interested, please complete this registration form and send to accessibility@cambridge.ca. Someone will follow up with next steps.

Rachel Cave at 3:16 PM
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