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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.

 


 

Family Pulse-September 2020

Welcome to September! 

 

Inside the September issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

Thank You, Cowan Foundation!
Back to School Q&A
Managing Overwhelm in the Big Wide World
SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy

 

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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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Bridges to Belonging LINKS workshops

Bridges to Belonging is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative for youth experiencing social isolation and barriers to inclusion who self identify as living with a disability or dual diagnosis. 

Thanks to funding from the Lyle Hallman Foundation for the Resilience Project,  Bridges to Belonging is launching Phase 1 of LINKS for youth ages 14 to 24 beginning in September.

Phase 1 is a series of five virtual workshops over a 5-week period offering a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and community connection via ZOOM.  Each youth can have one or two people who they are in a meaningful relationship with and who know them well (parent/guardian, sibling, other relatives/extended family member, friend, neighbour teacher, coach or other community members) participate with them to learn, grow, and build a network of support.

Participants will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet equipped with speakers and a good microphone (or headset); a built-in or external HD webcam and availability of a stable internet connection.

 

CLICK HERE To Register on EventBrite.

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Family Pulse-August 2020

Welcome to August! 

 

Inside the August issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

The Matthew MacGregor Award for Volunteerism
Steph's Corner
Welcome Sue Furey!
SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy. 

 

 

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EarlyON Interactive Programming on Zoom for August

For all the EarlyON programming for August, click here.

 

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Our Place-Virtual Playdates

Does your child miss being able to interact with their friends and educators? Would you like them to practice relationship-builind and social skills over the summer before reutrning to school?

Join us for a two week session of Our Place's Virtual Playdates.

 

A Registered Early Childhood Educator will facilitate three 25-minute play dates per week on Zoom for groups of children 3-6 years (and a caring adult close by). The sessions involve open-ended play, songs, conversation, and fun!

 

Zoom groups are CLOSED programs.

 

Dates: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Sessions start in July 

Time: 11:00-11:25am

 

Register Online.

There is no fee to register. SPACE is LIMITED.

 

Questions: 519-571-1625 ourplace@ourplacekw.ca

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KidsAbility Family eNews

Check out KidsAbility's latest newsletter HERE.

 

 

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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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