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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.

 


 

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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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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CNIB Workshop Series

National Empowerment Workshop Series II:

This virtual workshop series will be offered every Thursday, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, from April 9, 2020 until June 25, 2020. The National Empowerment Workshop Series II will provide participants with an opportunity to immerse themselves in virtual educational workshops focusing on empowering people to live the lives they choose. 

Registration required.

To register for this program, please contact Larissa Proctor, Team Lead, Accessible Community Engagement at Larissa.Proctor@cnib.ca.

 

Come To Work: Online Boot Camp Workshops.

This 6-week virtual workshop series will be offered every Wednesday,1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time, from April 8, until May 13, 2020. Put your best foot forward, brush up on the skills you need to compete and be successful in the workforce. Come to Work Boot Camps are weekly virtual sessions that explore a variety of topics. 

Registration required.

To register for this program, complete the Microsoft Office Registration Form.

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Recreational Respite has been working hard as a team to find a way that continues to promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity. We understand how imperative it is to stay connected. So, we are bringing you a very unique interactive opportunity, that proves innovative and offers experiential outcomes in 1:1, mini or small group virtual settings. That’s right, these programs are now available online!

Contact Us to participate. 1-877-855-7070 or info@recrespite.com

 

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Community of Heart programming

Community of Hearts staff have been working diligently behind the scenes in order to develop some programming that can be delivered to you remotely. See flyers attached for upcoming program details. 

 

Participants can access programs online in the following ways (beginning this Friday, April 3rd):

 

Mondays: On Community of Hearts’ YouTube channel and Community of Hearts’ Facebook page, join Ariel, Independent Hearts Program Coordinator, for a cooking lesson video to follow along with from the comfort of your home. Want to purchase the visual aid recipes? Contact Shera at info@communityofhearts.cato get yours via email!

 

Tuesdays: Check Community of Hearts’ Facebook page for fun posts and printable activities to do from the comfort of your home.

 

Wednesdays: On Community of Hearts’ Zoom account, join Jerushia, Program Manager, from noon to 1 pm for a Lunch & Learn. Bring your own lunch to your laptop or desktop computer, log in to the Zoom room (password and meeting ID provided Wednesdays via email) for a facilitated check-in and to connect with other Community of Hearts participants!

 

Thursdays: On Community of Hearts’ YouTube channel and Community of Hearts’ Facebook page, join community partners for a wellness, gentle movement and stress management video to follow along with from the comfort of your home.

 

Fridays: On Community of Hearts’ Facebook page, join Jerushia, Program Manager, from 1:30-2:30 pm for a reading and discussion about Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (by J.K. Rowling). 

 

Access our YouTube channel here. Videos will be uploaded gradually. This content is available to the public.

Access our Facebook page here. This content is available to the public.

Zoom Meeting invitations will be sent to your email inboxes Wednesdays before the Zoom Room with Jerushia opens. This is not available to the public - only current participants will receive the Meeting ID and Password.

 

 

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Autism Ontario-Raise the Flag events

While COVID-19 will impact many of Autism Ontario's Raise the Flag events for World Autism Awareness Day, they invite you to visit their Raise the Flag website so you and your family can make use of the curriculum and content and safely celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. They will announce rescheduled events as they become available on their website and through their social media outlets.

 

Meanwhile, they are building a resource list of activities that families can do together during the extended period beyond the March break.  They invite you to share your thoughts by completing this brief survey.   Let them know how they can stay connected and supportive to Ontario families during this time. 

 

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Your Virtual YMCA

The YMCA is committed to keeping our community healthy and connected. While their physical space may be closed, they still want to show up for our community through online workouts and more.

 

Please take a moment to explore Your Virtual YMCA.

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IMPORTANT WRFN UPDATE RE: Programming & Events

After much consideration, conversation and concern for the health and safety of the families and individuals supported through WRFN, our staff and volunteers, and for the larger community, we are cancelling all our support groups, social groups, events, and in-person program activities until further notice. With growing concerns around COVID-19, we feel this is the appropriate and responsible approach to take at this time. Updates will be provided as to when regular programming, activities and events will resume.

 

Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate and respond to these challenging times together.

 

Sue Simpson

Executive Director          

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