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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.

 


 

Super Dads Super Kids

Online Dads group for dads with children 0-6. Join us to talk about what you think it means to be a dad and more. Click here to read the flyer.

 

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm starting January 26, 2021 via Zoom.

Contact Sarah at 226-339-5616 or capc@carizon.ca to register.

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The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW survey

The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW is conducting a survey to learn how our community organizations and service providers can improve services and create new programs to better serve Muslim women and their families in our region.
 
The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. There is also a chance to win three $75 Grocery Gift Cards!

If you are a Muslim woman / community member, please fill the survey and forward this email to your friends and family.

If you are a service provider in Waterloo region, please share / forward this email to your colleagues and your clients. 

If you have any question, please email fauzia.mazhar@cmw-kw.org or call 519-576-0540 ext 3565
   

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The Autistic Voices Project

Are you an Autistic Adult whose job or job search has been impacted by Covid-19? 

Consider participating in this project about your employment experiences during Covid-19. Click here for more details or if you are interested in learning more, please contact vtomas@casda.ca.

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ConnectAbility Covid-19 Resources

Find answers to your Covid-19 questions, share experiences and discover events to stay active and connected.

Click here to see more resources.

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Technical committees on employment and emergency egrees

Starting today, we are recruiting volunteer* experts for two new technical committees. These committees will create employment and emergency egress accessibility standards.

 

Membership

Experts with disabilities are key to the successful development of accessibility standards.  Each technical committee will consist of 12 to 18 members. All experts are required to represent one of the following categories:

► Industry and commerce

► Government authorities

► Consumer and public interest

► Labour and unions

► University and research groups

► Non-governmental organizations

► Standards development organizations

How to apply

Our goal is to make the process accessible and easy for all candidates.

Deadline to apply: December 21, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Here are the ways to apply:

 

A) Apply online

Follow these steps:

1.   Click on the technical committee you are interested in above.

2.   Click on the Apply button.

3.   Fill out the online form. You will need to attach your resume (maximum two pages).

4.   Submit the form.

5.   You will see a message confirming submission.

 

B) Apply in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)
Choose one of the following 2 ways :

1.   Follow the steps right above to apply online. Then attach a video in ASL or LSQ that describes your expertise in the "Resume" field. You will see a message confirming submission.

2.   Simply send us an ASL or LSQ language video describing your expertise by email.

 
C) Other ways to apply

To apply by mail, by phone or through other means, please contact us:

 

Email

asc.technical.committees-comites.techniques.nac@canada.gc.ca

 

Phone

1 833 854 7628

 

By mail

Accessibility Standards Canada

125 Sussex Drive

Terrace level

Suite 010, Confederation Hall

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2

 

If you have any issues or questions, or if you need help applying, please contact us (contact information right above).

 

Thank you for considering sharing the news in your network!

 

*We are following Canadian and international best practices to develop our standards. These are volunteer roles, but if an expert with a disability is not paid by an organization, we will pay them for their role on a technical committee.

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Putting Family Mental Health First: 7 Tips to Get Ready for the Holiday

It’s Been a Hard Year.

Here, at Children’s Mental Health Ontario, we know that many families and children across the province have been struggling deeply with mental health in these very unusual, trying days. On top of it, parents have been working hard for our families to manage health risks and find our way through the pandemic. For example, the return to school has been extraordinary for so many of us, especially those of us with a child or youth struggling with mental illness. These last few months, we have had to forgo traditional celebrations that are important to families and children, such as Thanksgiving dinners or trick-or-treating on Halloween.

And now, the holidays are upon us.

It’s a lot.

But here is the thing: We are doing it!

We are doing our best – and that is good enough right now. We will get through this next stage, too.

 

We know that many parents are going to be working overtime this year to find new ways to recreate the holidays to not lose the magic of the season. We know you want to keep the sparkle in your kids’ eyes, to keep them engaged and connected. With the support of our network of child and youth mental health experts, we have rounded up some tips and ideas to help your family support your child’s mental health and manage the holidays in a pandemic.

Télécharger: Le bien-être mental de votre famille d’abord: 7 conseils pour se préparer à la période des fêtes  

 

1) Prioritize Mental Health in the Holidays

Even in a typical year, the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year for many families. Expectations of the holidays can be hard on children– and, let’s face it, it’s not ‘the happiest time’ for all of us. When you prioritize your or your child’s mental wellness, you can focus on what works for your family. As a parent, consider the things that feel realistic for you to do and then offer those choices to kids/youth to pick from. So many of us struggle with saying no over the holidays – perhaps this year, you will feel confident about not over committing your schedule and slowing things down; and that’s ok! Also, keep in mind that having time to connect with each other is important, but so, too, is having space for everyone to have their own personal time.

 

2) Plan Early

Routines and predictability are often beneficial (within reason) for children and youth with mental health challenges. It’s a good time to start having conversations with children about what the holidays may look like so that they understand things will be different this year and they know what to expect. This also allows them to be a part of the new planning process. What is important to them? Is there something new they would like to try? Planning early also gives us time to let other relatives or friends know in advance to manage their expectations, too. Also, consider connecting with the parents of your children’s friend to arrange days before or after the holidays for play dates, either virtually or in-person/outdoors, depending on local public health advice. This can include coming up with a list of outdoor winter activities.

 

3) Focus on What's in Your Control

While we are all doing our part to manage the pandemic, so much of what is happening in the province – and the world – is out of our control right now. This is a good time to focus on the things that are in your control. When it comes to traditions of the holiday season, consider how you can incorporate the traditions, or at least parts of those traditions, that are most important to your family. What are some of the things your family can do to bring a little holiday magic into your home? It could be a simple thing like baking cookies, preparing a special family recipe, or planning for a holiday nature walk as a way to get outdoors and move. If seeing family is important to you, consider the ways you can do that, for example, setting up Zoom while your different households have a special meal. It won’t be the same, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.

 

4) Managing Disappointment

For a lot of us, we are going to need to accept that the holidays just won’t be what they usually are. That will be disappointing for a lot of children (and parents!) It’s important to acknowledge that disappointment, especially for children. Give kids a safe space to share their feelings and be heard; let them know this is hard for you, too. Reminding your kids – and yourself – that this is a temporary measure in a very unusual time may make it all feel a little less daunting. Read More from Parenting Author Ann Douglas on How to Help Kids Manage Feelings of Disappointment

 

5) Supporting Children Through Grief

The holidays can be especially hard for families who are grieving. Remembering your loved one, telling stories, and laughing about good times together are all ok to do, and can provide comfort to your child. You might work together to come up with ideas for memorializing your loved one over the holiday. Remember that it’s okay for you child/youth to feel upset as there have been a lot of different types of loss this year.

Read our post on Helping Children Through Grief Here.

 

6) Take Care of You

The holidays can be a stressful and anxious time for parents, too. Make sure that you are eating, sleeping and enjoying the holidays as well. Maintain healthy boundaries. Take time when you need it, don’t feel guilty saying no when you need to. Do what is best for you and your family. Consider planning a day where the family could play a game or watch a movie together. But don’t forget to have some scheduled time where kids can play games and parents can take some time out as well.

 

7) Take Care of You

The holidays can be a stressful and anxious time for parents, too. Make sure that you are eating, sleeping and enjoying the holidays as well. Maintain healthy boundaries. Take time when you need it, don’t feel guilty saying no when you need to. Do what is best for you and your family. Consider planning a day where the family could play a game or watch a movie together. But don’t forget to have some scheduled time where kids can play games and parents can take some time out as well.

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite is offering for Virtual Service this December.

Click here an overview of programs.

 

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Kerry's Place- Foundational Family Services & Groups

Kerry's Place has lots of learning opportunities for families and groups children with ASD.

 

Check out their Foundational Family Service catalogue here for learning opportunities for parents.

Check out their Groups catalogue here for chldren & youth to participate in & learn new skills.

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Racial Trauma & Healing

Are you a therapy client or therapist that self identifies as a person of colour?

Would you like to discuss your experiences in a research study?

 

Very little is known about the experiences of people of colour in psychotherapy practices in Canada. In this qualitative study, we will explore the experiences of therapy clients & therapist (RP & MSW) who identify as people of colour.

 

For more details on the study, click here.

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Adults in Motion Daily Virtual Programming

Adults in Motion is excited to share another month of Virtual Programming for November!

They have some new additions to their calendar, and newcomers are welcome! 

You can visit their website to learn more about in-person programming at their day programs, one to one, respite, and workshops.

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