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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.



Lutherwood Youth Job Connection

Lutherwood Employment Services is still offering support during the pandemic. While working remotely, they've continued to try to reach out to job seekers as best as possible in our community. Check out these posters and opportunities, if you or someone you know is currently looking for employment.

Youth Job Connection Workshops

Job Searching during Covid19

Job Posting Facebook groups

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Mighty Hawks

 Mighty Hawks is committed to working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.  Our mission is to help each participant foster a greater independence in the community, build meaningful relationships and feel confident in pursuing their personal goals.


This is achieved through interactive workshops focussed on developing work ready skills with an emphasis on hands-on learning, encouraging participation and social interaction with dedicated one-on-one support from Mighty Hawks facilitators, a passionate group of students at Wilfrid Laurier University. This enables participants to build valuable relationships with facilitators and each other, with individualized support in a fun environment every step of the way.

Learn more about the opportunities to be found through the Mighty Hawks program by clicking here.

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Wilfred Laurier University offering CBT and Addiction course online

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all in-person workshops scheduled for the spring and summer have been cancelled. We are hoping to have additional online programming available for the fall. In the meantime, we have added more sections of our courses that are already available online. We will continue to add as many sections as we can, but it will depend on the availability of instructors.


Updates on Laurier's response to the COVID-19 situation are posted regularly on the coronavirus information page.


We know many of you are essential workers who are doing incredible work to support your clients, patients and students right now. Thank you for being the superheroes in our communities.


Available Online Courses


Fundamentals of Addiction
Addiction and the Family
Trauma and Addictions
Engaging Complex Clients: Working in Addictions with Specialized Populations



Foundations of Trauma
Trauma and Addictions


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Level I: Fundamentals of CBT
Level II: CBT with Mental Health Disorders


Register here for any online courses.

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Breastfeeding Workshop & Support

Connect with Breastfeeding Buddies for some online breatfeeding support both prenatal and post. 

Click here to register for the Wednesday 2-4pm workshops on prenatal breastfeeding.

Click here to register for the Tuesday & Thursday at 10am to discuss popular breastfeeding topics and ask questions.

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Transition to Adulthood Clinic (for KidsAbility clients 15+)

Have you started to think about your life after high school? Do you have questions about services for adults with disabilities in the community? Would you like to find out about resources that are available to help you with your transition planning?

The Transition to Adulthood Clinic is an opportunity to meet with the Transitions Lead who will help to guide you in the right direction with planning for your future. During Covid-19 isolation, all appointments will be occurring through Zoom. Once KidsAbility Centres have opened up again, there will be the option to meet with the Transitions Lead either face to face or through Zoom.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your KidsAbility therapist or call Intake  at 1-888-372-2259, Ext 1214.


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Ontario's Triage Protocol

ARCH Disability Law and its partners have drafted a response to Ontario’s Triage Protocol that will be sent to the Premier, Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors and Accessibility. Please share this widely, and ask organizations and individuals to endorse the letter before it is sent on April 7th, 5.00 pm.

Thank you for taking the time to review and hopefully endorsing this letter to protect the human rights of people with disabilities in this province who may fall ill due to COVID 19.


The ARCH letter is found here. 

What is Ontario’s Triage Protocol?


Marilyn Dolmage and her son, Jay a professor at the University of Waterloo have shared a critical analysis of the accommodations required for people with disabilities during the pandemic.  


This pertains to measures which may occur in our province if a disabled person were to require medical intervention due to Covid-19, referred to as  COVID Triage Protocol. They will not be triaged according to their medical needs, instead by their disability.

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Recreational Respite has been working hard as a team to find a way that continues to promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity. We understand how imperative it is to stay connected. So, we are bringing you a very unique interactive opportunity, that proves innovative and offers experiential outcomes in 1:1, mini or small group virtual settings. That’s right, these programs are now available online!

Contact Us to participate. 1-877-855-7070 or info@recrespite.com


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Community of Heart programming

Community of Hearts staff have been working diligently behind the scenes in order to develop some programming that can be delivered to you remotely. See flyers attached for upcoming program details. 


Participants can access programs online in the following ways (beginning this Friday, April 3rd):


Mondays: On Community of Hearts’ YouTube channel and Community of Hearts’ Facebook page, join Ariel, Independent Hearts Program Coordinator, for a cooking lesson video to follow along with from the comfort of your home. Want to purchase the visual aid recipes? Contact Shera at info@communityofhearts.cato get yours via email!


Tuesdays: Check Community of Hearts’ Facebook page for fun posts and printable activities to do from the comfort of your home.


Wednesdays: On Community of Hearts’ Zoom account, join Jerushia, Program Manager, from noon to 1 pm for a Lunch & Learn. Bring your own lunch to your laptop or desktop computer, log in to the Zoom room (password and meeting ID provided Wednesdays via email) for a facilitated check-in and to connect with other Community of Hearts participants!


Thursdays: On Community of Hearts’ YouTube channel and Community of Hearts’ Facebook page, join community partners for a wellness, gentle movement and stress management video to follow along with from the comfort of your home.


Fridays: On Community of Hearts’ Facebook page, join Jerushia, Program Manager, from 1:30-2:30 pm for a reading and discussion about Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (by J.K. Rowling). 


Access our YouTube channel here. Videos will be uploaded gradually. This content is available to the public.

Access our Facebook page here. This content is available to the public.

Zoom Meeting invitations will be sent to your email inboxes Wednesdays before the Zoom Room with Jerushia opens. This is not available to the public - only current participants will receive the Meeting ID and Password.



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Webinar- Managing Anxiety During Social (Physical) Distancing.

To support parents during this time of stress, Best Start by Health Nexus is pleased to share this recorded webinar on Managing Anxiety During Social (Physical) Distancing.


To view the webinar, click here.


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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series

The Continuous Professional Learning Committee (CPLC) is excited to bring the Foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series to the members of the Children and Youth Planning Table! This $350.00 value, 15-part series focuses on promoting early mental health and wellbeing during the first 1,000 days of life. The series aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unique needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social-emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in youth and childhood. 


How to Register:

Registration is now open and will remain open until 2022,  click here to learn more and register. Please ensure you register as Guest specifying Conestoga PRC (as the Host Agency). A unique email must be used upon registration for access to the session handouts, and to receive session details and reminders. You will also be required to create a personal user account at www.IMHPromotion.ca to access the recorded content. You will have access to the 15  Live webinars, which are scheduled to launch every 2-3 weeks between January and August 2020. Furthermore, you will have access to the recorded videos until September 2022 to view the lectures at your own pace or to revisit the material for your own learning. You will receive a certificate upon completing the training. Coupon code will be provided for free access.

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