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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.



Weekend Social Club

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is pleased to continue offering the Weekend Social Club (WSC) to Waterloo Region. Founded by the Kitchener Waterloo Association for Community Living and with support from WRDSS, this program’s goal is to inspire active participation in the community.

WSC offers recreational opportunities for adults ages 18+ with a developmental disability where a variety of community events and interests are explored. Events and activities range from attending sporting events, going nature hikes, visiting historical places and so much more.

The winter/spring session runs from January - June, 2020 and the registration fee for this session is $35 (plus any additional costs for special events or trips). If required, a direct support person must be provided.

For more information or to register, please contact Ben Sauder, Support Coordinator/Community Group Supervisor at 519-741-0190 x290 /ben.sauder@eafwr.on.ca.

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Attendant Services & Legal Clinic

ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is offering two free repeat workshops for consumers of attendant services about their legal rights and self-advocacy strategies.

After each workshop, ARCH’s lawyers will be available to give up to 30 minutes of legal advice and information to persons with disabilities on Attendant/PSW services issues. Please sign up for an appointment if you would like to take part in this free and confidential service.

Thursday February 20
Tuesday March 17
Workshop: 11:00am - 1:00pm (Reception at 10:30 am)
Legal Clinic: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (30 minute sessions)

Please choose only one date as seating for each workshop is limited to 25 people.

ARCH Disability Law Centre
15th Floor, 55 University Ave, Toronto

To register via Eventbrite, click here.
For more information, click here.

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Living Life to the Full-Autism Ontario

As part of the Mental Health Matters initiative, Autism Ontario is looking for adults (18+) on the spectrum to participate in Living Life to the Full. Living Life to the Full is an eight-week course that provides skills and knowledge to help you cope with life’s challenges.

This mental health promotion course is free for participants, and may be a great opportunity to learn more about making small changes to feel happier, less stressed and more in control.

Please note that this course involves voluntary group participation, reading and writing/typing for some of the activities. This is not a transfer of care program.



Autism Ontario
1179 King St W, #004
Tuesdays, February 4 - March 24
5:00pm - 6:30pm


To see the full flyer, click here.
For more information about this course, click here. 

For additional information, contact Tobi at tobi@autismontario.com or call (416) 246-9592 ext. 230.

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Mindfulness-Adult Workshop

This 5 week course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed and focused you.


Course sessions on Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 & Mar 5, 2020 from 6:30pm-8pm at Woolwich Counselling Centre.

Fee: $100


Pre-interview required.

Please call 519-669-8651 to register.

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DSRC-Weekly Mother's Support Group

The Mothers’ Support Group at DSRC is an 8-week group, providing the opportunity for Mothers to discuss a range of topics related to parenting a child with an intellectual disability and / or autism.  

Topics include understanding and sharing the diagnosis, grief and resilience, interacting with schools, behavioural challenges and self-care.  Guest speakers from the community and DSRC also contribute their expertise.  The group is a great way to connect with other Mothers who understand your daily experience.  

The Mothers’ Support Group is a small group, for 6 – 8 members, and runs for 8 consecutive weeks.   Day and evening times are offered.  

Groups are offered 2 – 3 times per year.    

Please call 519-741-1121 for more information about how to join.

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Fundraising & Communications Officer Waterloo Region Family Network Full Time; 35 hours/week

Since 2009, WRFN has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.


We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, passionate and respectful person for the position of

Fundraising & Communications Officer
to work as part of the WRFN team to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals, revenue targets and communications strategy objectives.


  •  A passion to support families and individuals living with special needs through respectful storytelling, fundraising & community engagement
  •  Post-secondary education in either fundraising management or communications
  •  3 – 5 years’ experience in a non-profit environment
  •  Strong understanding of fundraising principles and practices
  •  Ability to grow relations & manage a range of relationships with prospects & donors
  •  Exceptional written & verbal communication skills with attention to detail & accuracy
  •  Ability to articulate a strong organizational case for support & call to action in fundraising materials prepared for foundations, corporations & individual donors
  •  Experience developing & writing for communications materials – brochures, gratitude reports, newsletters, websites, social media, stewardship materials, donor appeals, etc.
  •  Exceptional organizational skills with ability to effectively meet deadlines & set priorities
  •  Demonstrated ability to work independently & collaboratively as part of a team
  •  Creative & adaptive to change

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  •  Working closely with the WRFN team to support organizational objectives related to fundraising & communications
  •  Communications for different audiences
  •  Expanding on existing positive organizational reputation
  •  Content development for gratitude reports, donor stewardship communications, monthly newsletters, weekly social media presence & annual fundraising appeals
  •  Website updates & management


  •  Implementation of a development plan which focuses on building authentic & strong relationships with individuals, foundations & corporate donors
  •  Researching & evaluating prospective donors to develop personalized approaches in order to build long-lasting donor relationships
  •  Working closely with the Executive Director to prepare donor stewardship materials
  •  Tracking of the development plan results
  •  Development & execution of the annual appeal
  •  Donation processing, receipting & tracking
  •  Assisting with the annual Signature Fundraising Event

$48,000 - $55,000 (depending on experience)

To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to:
Sue Simpson
Executive Director
Waterloo Region Family Network
65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener ON N2C 2H6
Or by email to: sue.simpson@wrfn.info

Application Deadline: Wednesday December 18, 2019

Waterloo Region Family Network welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for your interest in this position and regret that we are able to contact only those invited for an interview.

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Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one of a kind fitness program. This program through the City of Cambridge is designed for adults with disabilities.


Dates: Sept 14 – Dec 21, 2019 (Except Oct 12)

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Cost: $95 for 14 classes

Location: David Durward Centre – 2nd Floor Activity Room

Bar Code: 14477


Registration can be done for programs indicated with a Barcode in person at City Hall or any Recreation Centre, or online Coral. Coral can be accessed through the City of Cambridge website. www.cambridge.ca.


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Cambridge Youth Soccer ACES Program

All abilities CElebrated Soccer is a program designed for participants between the ages of 5 - 15 & 16 – 24 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of physical literacy and soccer.


Sundays October 27—December 15, 9:30am—10:25am


CYS Indoor Facility, 745 Fountain Street, Cambridge. CYS jersey provided.


For more information contact Jon Morgan at 519 277-0325 or grassroots@cambridgesoccer.ca.


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Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD Class

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre is hosting a 5 session class, "Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD."


Join with ADHD and Asperger's experts and other parents/caregivers of kids of all ages with ADHD and/or Asperger's to get your questions answered, support from people who've been there, and a hopeful perspective on your child's future. The ADHD & Asperger's Centre sees ADHD and Asperger's as a gift and focus on managing the negative symptoms while helping to find and harness the amazing super powers of our kids (like high intelligence, creativity, kindness, and hyper-focusing).

Part workshop, part support group, these sessions have been described as "self-care I badly needed", "a safe place to not feel guilty, for once!", and "incredibly informative". Refreshments and snacks are also offered. 


Topics are voted on at the beginning of each course. Topics often discussed include:

  • Homework & Chores
  • Effective Disciplining
  • Time management & Organization
  • Anger Management
  • Parent Self-Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Sleep Issues
  • School Transitioning
  • Career Navigation

This group will run September 11 to October 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.


Learn more about this opportunity on their website.  


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A Team - August 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 August newsletter you will find:

  • upcoming meeting dates
  • a "quotable quote" 
  • ASD resource spotlight

Read the August newsletter here.

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