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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - April 2019

The Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared a April 2019 Update.


In this update you will find information about:

  • FASD Caregiver Training Series
  • "Dad's Use of Alcohol"
  • Ontario's NEW FASD One Stop Hub 
  • 'You're weird, you're different and nobody wants to be your friend': the loneliness of FASD
  • Understanding and Supporting FASD with Dan Dubovsky (workshop)
  • FASD and sleep
  • FASD presentation with Len Whalen 
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FASD Training Series for Caregivers

Developmental Services Resource Centre Waterloo Region (DSRC) is hosting a Fetal Alcohol Sprectrum Disorder Training Series for caregivers.


This is a four session training series - October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9:30am until noon.

  • Learn how prenatal exposure affects the brain
  • Learn how FASD impacts behaviour with a focus on executive and adaptive functioning
  • Identify what is needed to support individuals living with FASD
  • Learn about local resources and supports available to families

Space is limited so register early. This is a free training.  


Register with Karen Huber, FASD Coordinator at k.huber@dscwr.com or 519-741-1121 ext. 2246.

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Summer 2019 YEP

KW Habilitation's Youth Exploring Possibilities - YEP is offered for 9 weeks during the summer. This program focuses on exploring the community, including recreational and leisure centres and future volunteer and employment options. 


Develop your confidence by using the Grand River Transit to access Kitchener-Waterloo. Learn more about what resources and activities your community has to offer, and discover how to use them. Meet new people and experience great adventures together! 


What does YEP offer? 

Past YEP participants have enjoyed activities such as:

  • life skills
  • cooking and baking 
  • arts & crafts and music such as drumming
  • volunteering at local non-profit organizations
  • rock climbing
  • outdoor activities such as canoeing or fishing 
  • learning about community safety from local police and fire departments 
  • karate and Zumba
  • attending local events and festivals
  • tours of various employment settings

Who: Ages 16-21

Youth must meet eligibility for Developmental Services 

When: July 2 - August 30, 2019

9:00 - 3:30pm Monday to Friday

Where: 109 Ottawa St. S., Unit D, Kitchener

This is an accessible location. Activities happen in the community. 


$120 per registered 5 day week

$97 per registered 4 day week. 

Youth will be supported in a 1:4 ratio. Fees are non-refundable. 


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A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers - A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism. Presented by York University and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camh)


What is the research about?

This is a research project evaluating the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment

Therapy (ACT) for parents. ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with

difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most

important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the

concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop

unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with

those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action

consistent with what they care about. Each workshop is facilitated by a parent of an

individual with autism and a trained clinician.


Who should attend?

  • Mothers and fathers of children, youth and adults with autism. Fluency in English is required.

What does participation involve?

Participating involves attending three workshop sessions held in London, Ontario:

Workshop 1:

Friday, April 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm   

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-4:30pm 

Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Workshop 2:

Friday, September 13, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 19, 1:00pm-4:30pm

  • You will be randomly allocated to attend either Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.
  • As a participant, you will need to attend all three sessions and complete some questionnaires before the workshop, and again three times after that.
  • Participation in the workshop is free.

I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact Andrea Maughan, at amaughan@yorku.ca.


For more information on ACT workshops, you can check out our short video the : https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/

As well as these articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ

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WRFN Newsletter - April 2019

The April 2019 issue of Family Pulse is now available.


In this issue:

  • WRFN's Evening of Elegance
  • SEAC updates
  • What if We All Said Congratulations?
  • What's happing at WRFN
    • Focus Group - Peer-Led FASD Caregivers Support Group
    • A New Chapter
  • Coffee Club update
  • Upcoming events in the community and beyond

Read the April issue of Family Pulse online here or download a pdf copy.

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DSRC Connection Spring Issue

The Spring Issue of DSRC Connection is out!


In this newsletter you will find information on:

  • What's happening at DSRC
  • Workshops at DSRC
  • What's happening at Sunbeam Centre
  • Community workshops
  • Community events and resources
  • Recreation and leisure

Read the Spring Issue of DSRC Connection here.

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Sex-Esteem: Developing Sexuality Confidence

Join this fun and unique way to learn about sexuality that provides educational opportunities for both adults with a develop-mental disability and the staff who support them.


Topics Include:

  • dating
  • gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender
  • how to talk about sex with people you support
  • street smarts
  • responding to disclosure
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • sex and technology
  • relationships
  • consent and boundaries
  • sexual assault/abuse
  • intimacy and physical disabilities

Basic understanding of sexuality is a prerequisite to attend this more advanced decision-making and confidence-building educational opportunity. Each adult with a developmental disability must be accompanied by an agency support person. Together they will form teams in a survivor mode forum that playfully encourages everyone to “Outwit, Outplay and Outlaugh” other participants to develop sexuality confidence.


Learning Objectives and Strategies will include:

  1. Providing opportunities to discuss sexuality in an open and humorous way using visual, tactile and interactive learning strategies
  2. Fostering communication about sexuality and relationships between adults with a developmental disability and the people who support them
  3. Providing everyone with skills and materials to promote healthy sexuality

This workshop is not appropriate for individuals who are known sex offenders. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.


Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 and Friday, May 03, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Region of Waterloo Public Health, 99 Regina St. S., Waterloo, Room 508
Cost: $45.00 Includes Lunch and Snacks
Registration Deadline: April 19, 2019
Register early as space is limited


If you have questions or would like to learn how to register please contact Terry Mayou at 519-897-0357.


Brought to you by: The Sexual Health and Developmental Disabilities Conference Committee of Waterloo Region:

  • K-W Habilitation
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • Griffin Centre Toronto
  • Developmental Services Resource Centre - Waterloo Region
  • Rainbows pride in Scarborough

Along with Speakers from Shore and ACCKWA

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Upcoming Sunbeam Centre Programs!

Sunbeam Centre has some new upcoming programs! 


Pottery Making Class

These classes will focus on making things for the garden. 

April 27 - May 4, 2019 from 1-3pm. 

Total Cost: $40

Location: Sunbeam Centre, 2749 Kingsway Dr., Kitchener 

Register online at www.MyCommunityHub.ca.  


Aqua Fit

A relaxing class led by an instructor focusing on body balance, and low impact strengthening activities that will help improve overall health and activities of daily living through range of motion exercises, stretching and low impact activities.  

Participants who require assistance with personal care or assistance in the pool are required to bring their own support person to class. 

April 3-24, 2019 from 3-4pm. 

Total Cost: $40

Location: Sunbeam Centre, 2749 Kingsway Dr., Kitchener 

Register by March 29.


If you have questions about any of these programs please contact Wendy King at w.king@sunbeamcentre.com

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The Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships are Coming to Elmira!

After being held in Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia, the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships are coming to Ontario in 2019! The Woolwich Thrashers Sledge Hockey Club, the Township of Woolwich and the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association are set to welcome sledge hockey teams from across Canada to the Town of Elmira. Games will be played at the Woolwich Memorial Centre from Friday May 10th to Sunday May 12th. 


Learn more about the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships here.

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Federal Budget 2019: Disability Issues in Focus

On March 19, 2019, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his fourth federal budget (the “Budget”), ahead of the next election in October. The Budget, entitled Investing in the Middle Class, claims to provide over $2 billion in funding over six years to remove barriers experienced by people with disabilities and improve the lives of Canadians with chronic health issues. Of particular interest to the disability community include:

  • Changes to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), 
  • New and renewed support for inclusive employment opportunities for people with disabilities, ASD and visual impairments, and 
  • Enhanced federal supports for students with disabilities.

View the full budget here.

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