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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 Blog-Employment: But I've been out of work for too long for anyone to hire me

Employment: But I've been out of work for too long for anyone to hire me
Many people have experienced an elongated length of unemployment due to various changes and impacts of COVID19. Hopefully the tips in this article will help provide some strategies and hope that a next career move doesn't have to feel like an unachievable goal!

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Dance Ability Movement-Spring Break Blast

Check out different virtual dance classes & activities to keep you moving and having fun all week long! Offering classes for Tots/Kids and Teens/Adults.

Click here to see what's available.

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Brightside ABA Services-Online Creative Social Hour

August topic-Landscape Canvas Painting

When-month of August (1hr/wk)

Who-18 years and older

Where-your home

 

What you need to participate:

  • laptop, computer or tablet to attend via video
  • craft supplies; supplied via curbside drop off by Brightside staff member
  • person to support with the call if needed

Cost-$255 for all 4 weeks (includes materials & delivery)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE-May 21, 2021

*day of week and time of day will be determined based on availability and interest.

 

To register call Lauren Harris at 519-894-6156 ext2904 or by email brightside@sunbeamcommunity.ca

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Brightside ABA Services-Online Creative Social Hour

July topic-Geometric Canvas Painting

When-month of July (1hr/wk)

Who-18 years and older

Where-your home

What you need to participate:

  • laptop, computer or tablet to attend via video
  • craft supplies; supplied via curbside drop off by Brightside staff member
  • person to support with the call if needed

Cost-$255for all 4 weeks (includes materials & delivery)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE-May 21, 2021

*day of week and time of day will be determined based on availability and interest.

 

To register call Lauren Harris at 519-894-6156 ext2904 or by email brightside@sunbeamcommunity.ca

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Brightside ABA Services-Online Social Group for Adults

Brightside ABA Services is now offering a weekly social group for adults looking for opportunities to meet new people, play games, learn in the moment, and have fun doing it!

These sessions include:

  • weekly 1 hour sessions
  • groups run for 8 weeks
  • days & times of sessions to be determined

This group will provide opportunities to:

  • practice social skils
  • meet new friends
  • share interests
  • play games
  • support others
  • be a part of a team

Cost-$595 for all 8 weeks

 

To register call Lauren Harris at 519-894-6156 ext2904 or by email brightside@sunbeamcommunity.ca

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Virtual Health Care for Patients with Developmental Disabilities

What is working well?

What needs to be improved?

 

During Covid-19 there has been a huge increase in the delivery of virtual primary care. We are conducting interviews (online or by phone) to learn what is working well and what needs to be improved to support high quality care for patients with developmental disabililites.

 

We want to talk to...

  1. Adults with developmental disabilities (18+)
  2. Family members/caregivers
  3. Direct support professionals/support staff
  4. Primary care providers

Interested or want to learn more?

Contact Avra Selick at avra.selick@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 ex30127

 

*Small honorarium will be provided to all participants.

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Health Care Access Research & Developmental Disabilities Newsletter

Click here to read the March 2021 HCARDD Newsletter.

Topics include:

  • Doctors Answer Self-Advocates Questions about the Covid Vaccine
  • Protecting People with Disabilities:TELUS talks
  • If We Don't Count, They Don't Count
  • IDD: Get to Know Me-Perspectives on the Pandemic
  • IDD: Get to Know Me-IDD on the Frontlines
  • Developmental Disabilities in Ontario's Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Systems
  • Virtual Health Care for Patients with Developmental Disabilities
  • The Welling and Mental Health Care Experiences of Adults with Intelluctal & Developmental Disabilities during Covid-19
  • Mental Health during Covid-19: A virtual course for family caregivers
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Quick Ways to Relax

Kid Cuddle.

Standing or sitting, stretch arms out wide, wide, wide. Slowly bring arms forward, cross in front. Each hand holds onto the opposite shoulder. Squeeze, rock and cuddle the kid in your arms.

 

Cloud Push (to stretch out tight muscles). We are going to practice stretching up and pushing the clouds away. Stand tall. Place your hands on your hips. Bring one arm way up over your head and stretch it straight up. Try and reach a cloud and push it away. Push, push, push! Now let your arm fall slowly to your side. Bring the other arm up and push the cloud. Push, push, push! Now let your arm fall slowly to your side. Lift both arms up. Clasp hands together; turn the palms up and push and bounce the cloud. Slowly, slowly, let your arms oat gently back to your sides.

 

Who Knows? Stand at attention, or sit up straight with hands along sides. Raise shoulders up to your ears. Hold. Let shoulders drop. While your shoulders go up, say, “Who.” When you drop your shoulders, say, “Knows.” Repeat ve times.

 

Deep Breathing (to slow down the body and quiet the mind). Get into a comfortable position, either lying at on your back on sitting comfortably with both feet at on the oor and if you like, close your eyes. We are going to practice breathing slowly and deeply. Imagine you have a balloon in your tummy. Place one hand below your belly button. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose to a count of four. Feel the balloon ll up with air. When the balloon is full, breathe out slowly, using a count of four, to atten the balloon. Your hand may rise and fall as the balloon lls and empties.

1. Slowly blow up the balloon …. 1 ….2 …. 3 …. 4 ….

2. Now, slowly blow out and atten the balloon …. 1 …. 2 …. 3 …. 4 ….

3. Repeat ve times and then breathe normally. Caution. Remember to breathe out as slowly as you breathe in. Breathing in deeply without relaxed slow exhalation can lead to dizziness or hyperventilation.

 

Go Tight - Go Loose. Stand at attention, hands along sides, ngers pointing down. Make a fist with each hand, squeeze each hand tight. Squeeze… Squeeze… Squeeze… Relax. Now, while you squeeze your fists again, tighten your arms to squeeze your body, Squeeze…Squeeze… Squeeze… Relax. Now, this time also squeeze your legs together while making a st and squeezing your arms together, Squeeze… Squeeze… Squeeze. Relax. Repeat. Shake out your hands, arms and legs. Enjoy the sense of relaxation.

 

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Summer Camp Directory 2021

Waterloo Region Family Network was pleased to cohost the Annual Camp Info Fair with KidsAbility again this year. Together, we offered three informative virtual sessions bringing families and camp providers together. To watch the recording of these sessions, please see the links below:

 

To search through the Camp Directory for Summer 2021, please see the links below:

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Populations Eligible for Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination

To read the latest news release from the Ontario government about the next phase of Covid vaccines, click here.

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