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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.

 


 

CAPC Connections Group is launching in Cambridge

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:

  • Healthy relationships
  • 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 sbell@carizon.ca.

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - February 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their February 2019 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities & Research
    • Autism Ontario Peel Chapter Offering Affordable Valentines Day Social Dinner
    • Kerry's Place offering Mindfulness Group for ages 30+
    • Kerry's Place offering The Code 2.0 intermediate coding course
    • Aging with a Developmental Disability Workshop
    • Ottawa Aspirations Group General Meeting
    • Photoshop for Beginners Workshop in Hamilton
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers Study                               
    • Care for the Caregiver Workshop in North Bay

  • Employment

    • Youth Job Connection is taking applications in Pickering and Whitby

    • Gain & Maintain: Learning Differences and Employment

    • Prepare for Life: An Adaptive Life Skills Course

    • Hospitality Workers Training Centre offering free training

  • Community

    • Women on the Spectrum: A Discussion

  • Call for Community Voices

Read the Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here.

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A-Team - February 2019 Newsletter

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:

  • Upcoming meetings
  • ASD Research Opportunities
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iCan Bike

Hosted by KidsAbility, iCan Bike helps children and youth with special needs to

achieve an important life milestone: learning to ride a two-wheeled bike!

 

Using specially adapted bicycles, partcipants gradually transition to a regular two-wheeled

bicycle learning the skills and condifence that they need to ride independently!

 

Times: 75 minute sessions each day (sessions scheduled between 8 am–5 pm)

Ages: 8 Years Old – School Exit (up to age 21)

Eligibility: Your child must meet eligibility requirements and register with KidsAbility for

this event. For more informaton and details including full eligibility criteria visit kidsability.ca/icanbike.

Cost: $180 per person

To Register: Call 519.886.8886 or 1.888.372.2259 ext. 1373 or email specialized@kidsability.ca.

Registraton deadline is Friday, June 21, 2019

 

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A Message from Bridges to Belonging

Please see the following message from Bridges to Belonging:

 


"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
  • Join the Independent Facilitation Matters Advocacy movement by subscribing to and participating on the social media sites:   http://www.independentfacilitationmatters.com and visit, like and share the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/independentfacilitationmatters
  • 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
  • Participate in the Province of Ontario Budget Consultations at https://www.ontario.ca/page/budget-consultations

For more information, please feel free to contact either Donnamarie Dunk, Executive Director at 519-886-8886 ext 2420 or Roz Vincent-Haven, Board Chair at 519-746-7950.

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A message from the Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition

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.

 

But we need your help to do that today.

 

We’re asking you to visit our website here, sign up for our newsletter, and submit a story of your own: https://www.independentfacilitationmatters.com/

 

You can also:

 

Here’s one more action you can take right now – sharing your written testimonial about why independent facilitation matters to you.

 

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!

 

Thank you,

 

The Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition

www.independentfacilitationmatters.com

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - January 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their January 2019 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities and Research
    • Accessibility Advisory Committee Members Needed in Toronto
    • Ontario Groups Collaborate with Awake Labs for Anxiety App
    • Ahuri Theatre presents: This Is The Point
    • Toronto Public Health offering modified Food Handlers Certification Course
    • Strategies for Adult ADHD & Aspergers Weekly Walk-in Group
    • Free Adult ADHD & Aspergers Monthly Support Group
    • York Recreation Centre offering adapted programs for adults
    • Ladies Learning Code HTML & CSS Workshops coming to Kingston & Markham  
    • Ladies Learning Code offering JavaScript for Beginners in Toronto  
  • Employment
    • Specialisterne is hiring for positions at CIBC
    • Individualized Transition to Life Course Available Throughout Many Ontario Regions

    • New Haven Learning Centre offering Vocational Program

  • Community

    • The Art of Kristin Wilkinson

  • CALL FOR COMMUNITY VOICES

Click here to read the newsletter.

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Carizon Winter Group Programs

The following is a list of upcoming 2019 winter group programs at Carizon.

 

Understanding Me

Day Group I Wednesdays 9:30am—11:30am I Jan 9—Mar 20

Evening Group | Tuesdays 6:30pm— 8:30pm I Jan 8—Mar 19

Provides education & support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.

Open group: clients can join at any time.

No fee.

 

Building Better Boundaries

Mondays 1pm—3pm I Jan 14—Mar 11

Provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are working towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Closed Group.

No fee.

 

Managing Stress for Managing Moods

Thursdays 6:30pm—8:30pm I Jan 10—Mar 7

Helps participants learn methods to cope more effectively with chronic stress and feelings of depression, anxiety and negative moods, identify & change chronically negative thoughts and beliefs to improve self-esteem, self-care and quality of life.

Cost: $200, sliding scale available.

 

Mindful Moves, Meditation and Relaxation

Mondays 6:30pm—8pm I Jan 14—Mar 4

This class will include a balance of mindful movements to release tension, mindfulness meditation to calm the mind, and guided relaxation to restore the mind and the body. We will also discuss how we might use some of these practices to alter our response to the stresses and discomfort in our everyday lives.

No fee.

 

Dynamic Girls Gr. 7/8

TBD

The group focuses on improving social interaction, increasing self-esteem and improving mood. Each week will cover different topics and teach girls skills that will help them cope with difficult times, overcome obstacles, and develop healthy relationships with themselves and others while navigating the teen years.

Cost: $150 sliding scale available.

 

Families in Separate Homes: FISH

Mondays 4:30pm—6pm I Jan 14—Mar 4

FISH is a group for children aged 7-10, designed to help cope with separation and divorce, utilizing Play Therapy. The purpose of the group is to explore some of the concerns, anxieties, and big feelings your child may experience during this transition while relating to other children who may be experiencing similar feelings.

Cost: $150, sliding scale available.

 

I’m More than My Pain

Fridays 1pm—3pm I Feb 1—Mar 22

This is a support group for people who have chronic pain. This group provides a positive and safe space for people to talk about the ways that they are impacted by having chronic pain as well as to share coping strategies. Discus-sion will include topics such as healthy balance, self-care strategies and dealing with losses because of pain. Each session will include a relaxation or mindfulness activity.

Cost: $200, sliding scale available.

 

For more information please visit the Carizon website at www.carizon.ca  or call 519.743.6333 for information or registration.

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Aldaview Services March Break Respite Program

Aldaview Services is running a March Break Respite Program. This program is for individuals with a developmental disability in Grade 9 and up.

 

Activities include:

  • arts & crafts
  • music
  • games
  • social time and much MORE!

Fees are based on participants' needs and activity costs.

 

Aldaview Services is accessible by GRT.

 

Dates: March 11 – 15, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 3:00

Location: Aldaview Services, 332 Hamilton Road, New Hamburg, Ontario

 

For registration contact:

Mary Hartman

519-662-5172

mhartman@tcmhomes.com

Respond by February 22, 2019

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Facilitation Wellington Dufferin Newsletter - October 2018

Facilitation Wellington Dufferin has shared their October 2018 newsletter.

 

This edition includes information on:

  • LIFEactually Photo Exhibit Gala 
  • The People of FWD
  • 52 Weeks, 52 Ways To Build Community
  • Upcoming Events and Opportunities
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