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.
Connections - A Carizon CAPC Program in partnership with Kinbridge Community Association.
Connections is an 8-week support group for mothers who have experienced interpersonal violence (emotional, verbal, physical, cyber). Group members learn together and support one another to understand how experiencing violence impacts family life and how they can enrich their parenting skills.
Connections information, learning and sharing sessions include:
Building self-esteem in ourselves and in our children
Positive effective parenting
Strengthening our bond with our children
Strengthening our capacity to parent our childre
Time: Wednesday Mornings 10 am-12 noon, March 20– May 8, 2019
Location: Kinbridge Community Association 200 Christopher Drive Cambridge, ON
Group sessions are free of charge
Space is limited
Childminding is available
Bus tickets and light snacks provided
To inquire about registration contact Sydney at Carizon: 226-808-7540 or email@example.com.
The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.
In the February edition you will find information on:
"We would like to advise you of an urgent matter concerning future funding for the infrastructure for independent facilitation by the Ministry of Children's and Community Social Services (MCCSS).
As you may or may not be aware, Bridges to Belonging along with 6 other Independent Facilitation Organizations were funded to provide independent facilitation across Ontario through the Ministry of Children's and Community Social Services (MCCSS) since April 1, 2015. This funding arrangement expires on March 31, 2019.
To date, the Ministry has not provided any indication that the current funding arrangement will continue. Based on the current Provincial government's budgeting reviews and timelines, it appears highly unlikely that future funding will be extended beyond March 31, 2019.
The Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) has held a number of constructive discussions with both elected and public service officials in the Government of Ontario to describe the value, benefits and positive impact that independent facilitation has provided in the lives of people with disabilities.
Over the next few days and weeks there are a number of things that you can do to be advocate for the continuation of funding for independent facilitation in Ontario.
Attend the Family Information Session:Thursday, January 17th, 2019 from 6-9pm in Room 2015, at the Family Centre 65, Hanson Ave. Kitchener
Post a testimonial statement and/or upload a 1-2 minute video clip about why independent facilitation matters to you. (How to instructions are provided on the site)
A helpful app that you may wish to use can be found at wetransfer.com. You may wish to contact your local MPP either by phone call and/or email your 2 minute video (using wetransfer) about why Independent Facilitation is important
Please find the following message from the Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition:
Dear Friends, Partners and Allies,
The Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition is made up of people with developmental disabilities, their family members and loved ones, and other allies who believe that Independent Facilitation makes a difference in the lives of people and families and should continue to be available and funded in Ontario.
Please share this information with your networks, so that as many people, loved ones, and allies who are interested in Independent Facilitation can join in and support the Coalition. We want the Ministry to see strong, large numbers of people who care about this!
Families will have the opportunity to come and enjoy at Great Wolf Lodge at a special rate just for Autism Ontario!
Great Wolf Lodge is generously offering Autism Ontario families a discounted group rate for stays occurring May 5-11, 2019.
By registering Eventbrite, starting Feb 6th at 930am, you will be given the group code, which allow you to access the reduced rate. Once you have your group code, you MUST contact Great Wolf Lodge directly, yourself to reserve your stay.
Details About Autism Ontario’s Group Rate:
A limited number of rooms have been set aside for this group. Families are encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure their reservation. Rooms are booked first come first served and the Autism Ontario group block has consistently sold-out each year.
Rates are listed in Canadian dollars and are based on a family of four in a Family Suite that includes up to 4 waterpark passes.
Passes are not transferable. Additional guest passes can be purchased for $50.00 plus tax, per night stay, per guest from Great Wolf Lodge.
Call Great Wolf Lodge as soon as you get your group code for the best selection of dates. When calling, identifying yourself as a member of the Autism Ontario Group and you will be asked for the group code that will be provided after the online registration is completed.
All bookings are based on availability.
The group rates offered, are based on attaining a minimum number of rooms. If the group minimum is not met, the group guests will be contacted and offered the option to cancel without penalty or rebook at the retail rate. If the group minimum is met and a guest chooses to cancel, the individual cancellation policy applies.
Great Wolf Lodge's Cancellation Policy: You have up to 7 days prior to arrival to cancel with a fee of 15% of your deposit. If you cancel 4-6 days prior to arrival, there will be a 30% fee, and 3 days or less of arrival, the deposit becomes non-refundable.
Successful registration does NOT guarantee a room reservation. You must contact Great Wolf Lodge yourself with the group code to arrange your reservation before Great Wolf Lodge's booking cut off date of April 5, 2019 - But don’t wait until then!