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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.

 


 

Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - June 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their June 2019 Adult Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, opportunities and research 
  • Employment 
  • Community
  • Call for Community Voices

You can read the June 2019 Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here

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A Team - June 2019 - Newsletter & Meeting Reminder

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 June newsletter you will find:

  • information about the June meeting
  • a "Quotable Quote"
  • ASD Resource/ Event Spotlight

  • information about summer break

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On The House

On The House is an opportunity for Waterloo Region families that have a loved one(s) with a disability to enjoy a delicious complimentary three-course dinner for two at Proof Restaurant Lounge. Care, by a trained support person, will be provided for your loved one(s) nearby so you can relax and enjoy!
 

Participants will be chosen by random selection. If you would like to participate in On The House, please submit your interest by Thursday, May 23 to https://bit.ly/2vGc6Vm.
You can also refer a friend or family member!

 

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Time: Table seating times from 5:30-6:30pm

Location: Proof Restaurant Lounge 

 

If you have questions, please contact Krista McCann 519-886-9150 x 2 or Krista.McCann@wrfn.info.


This event is an ASD Collaborative initiative. 

 

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CMHRT Psychology Consultation Services

Description of the Psychological Consultation Service

The Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT) psychological consultation service is intended for clients or parents and caregivers of children or youth who have had a previous psychological assessment and who wish to better understand the implications of the assessment results for themselves or for their child.

How does the Psychological Consultation Service Work?

First, the client/parent/guardian provides the CMHRT clinician with a copy of all relevant previous psychological assessment reports and other pertinent information (such as psychiatric reports, academic assessments, etc.). The clinician reviews this information in order to translate the technical psychological testing information into accessible language. A basic handout is developed that summarizes the client’s learning strengths and challenges, based upon the available previous psychological assessment information.

Next, the assigned clinician meets with the client or client’s parent or caregiver (and case manager, or others as appropriate) to review the assessment information. The clinician uses knowledge of tests and test results, as well as knowledge of development, to interpret the implications of those results for current functioning. The client or parent/guardian (if a child or younger adolescent) contributes observations of current functioning and together the clinician and the family co-create an understanding of the implications of the assessment data for everyday life. Key strategies and recommendations are also discussed and shared. 

Lastly, the CMHRT clinician provides a consultation document to the client or parent/guardian that summarizes the client’s learning in accessible language. If the previous assessment results no longer appear to fit the client, an outcome of the consultation may include the recommendation for an updated psychological assessment.  

Accessing the Psychological Consultation Service

To begin our intake process, please complete our online intake form or call the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment at 519-888-4567 x33842 or send us an email at cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca.  Please mention that you are specifically requesting a consultation. The CMHRT Director, Dr. Marjory Phillips, will then contact you to discuss the request. 

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Ontario Autism Consultations Now Open

Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported.
You can participate in the consultations during the month of May by participating in an online survey and/or through participating in telephone town hall sessions.
Visit the website to learn more about these opportunities. 

 

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Samsung x Autism Speaks Canada Tablet Program

Samsung Canada in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada have given over 1,700 tablets to support and foster closer connections with the autism community in Canada. This year they are providing 500 new Samsung tablets to individuals with autism and service organizations.

 

The Samsung x Autism Speaks Canada Tablet Program is NOW OPEN for applications!

 

 

How to Apply

  1. Visit Autism Speaks Canada CONNECT
  2. Create a free profile
  3. Apply before May 20, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

  • Canadian residents
  • Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or organizations supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Do not currently have a touch device
  • Willing to share the benefits of the tablet with Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung online community

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SamsungxASC@autismspeakscan.ca.

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Golf Lessons for Persons with Disabilities

Golf Clinic

​During the 3 week program, time will be spent on the putting & driving range, pitch & putt course and you will play a couple holes on the full course.
Should you decide to stay for the 12 week league, the cost of the clinic will be deducted from the league fee.
5:30-6:30 p.m. (5-11 years) - Code: 33389
6:30-7:30 p.m. (12-17 years) - Code: 33390
7:30-8:30 p.m. (18 years+) - Code: 33391
May 30 to June 13 | Cost: $35

Family, friends and support workers welcome.  

 

Golf League
A 12 week program with individual instruction while playing a few holes on the regulation sized course.
6:30-8 p.m. | Code: 33393
May 30 to August 15 | Cost: $95

Family, friends and support workers welcome.  

 

Registration: www.kitchener.ca/specializedprograms or call 519-741-2200 x7228.

 

This program is put on by:

  • KidsAbility
  • The City of Waterloo
  • City of Kitchener
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Special Olympics Ontario

 

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Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter - April 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their April 2019 Adult Nesletter. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • Your words
  • News, Opportunities and Research
    • Autism Ontario Annual Post-Secondary Scholarships now accepting applications
    • DiscoverMyRoute offering TTC training in Toronto starting in May
    • P4P Action Guide: Figuring out Funding and Support
    • Planned Parenthood Sexual Health Needs Assessment Survey
    • Lime Connect offering Student Scholarships
    • Monarch House offering Skills For Life program
    • TSO offering their first relaxed performance on April 27 @ 11am
    • Helping People Move Forward in Personal Planning: Kerry's Place Autism Service Workshop
    • NextStep Support Services Talent Show looking for Performers
  • Empolyment
  • Community
  • Call for community voices

Read the full issue of the April 2019 newsletter here.

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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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