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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.

 


 

Adults in Motion Cambridge-Weekly LifeSkills Respite Program

Adults in Motion Cambridge has expanded their services to include a weekly LIFESKILLS RESPITE PROGRAM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-7:30pm.

 

Take a break and enroll for evenings of one to one learning in the kitchen, practicing life skills and relaxing while safely socializing with friends. 

 

465 Avenue Road

Cambridge, ON

$67/session.  Dinner cost included.

 

For more information about this program and to learn about our robust COVID safety measures, please call or visit AdultsinMotion.org, Southern Ontario Disability Programs and Services.

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite has on for virtual programming this September 2020!

-September calendar

 

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Sick Kids CCMH Live Webinars - Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement

Create your ideal learning plan by taking the full certificate program, or any of the individual modules (webinars).
 

This certificate program will be offered as a webinar only.

Dates: September 17, October 20, November 26, 2020 and January 19, February 23, 2021

Facilitators: Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP., Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S., Lysa Toye, MSW., RSW., Rev. Andrew Blake

This training is suitable for: Any professional or volunteer who is in a position to influence the support received by a grieving child. This includes front-line workers and volunteers such as medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers.

Please note; Each of the modules (webinars) may be taken on their own as a stand-alone training, however all five days must be completed to obtain the certificate.

 

Overview: Grief is a confusing and isolating experience for any person, old or young. Children's grief, however, differs considerably from adult grief, resulting in the needs of grieving children often being overlooked or misunderstood. This can have a profound impact on the social and emotional development of a child. Caregivers, including the most skilled professionals, often feel helpless when supporting children through the death of someone close to them.

The Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement explores the roots of our cultural discomfort with the topic of children and death and exposes common myths and misconceptions. This certificate program equips you with skills to provide support to children, youth and families grieving the dying or death of someone they care about. Adults cannot change the reality of a death occurring in a child's life, but with the right tools they can play a powerful role in shaping the story of the child's grief experience and therefore help the child thrive in life.

Module 1: Children at the Bedside.

Module 2: When Death Darkens the Door.

Module 3: When Grief Gets More Complicated.

Module 4: Using Mindfulness and Compassion to Support Grieving Children/Families.

Module 5: Dancing in the Darkness.

 

For more details, click here.

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EarlyON Interactive Programming on Zoom for August

For all the EarlyON programming for August, click here.

 

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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

Addictions

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

 

Trauma

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?

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/03/29/ontario-developing-last-resort-guidelines-on-which-patients-to-prioritize-if-hospitals-are-overwhelmed-by-critical-covid-19-cases.html

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.  

https://accommodationsduringapandemic.wordpress.com/

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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