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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 Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC)

KidsAbility is currently recruiting for KidsAbility Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC) 2019-2020. 

  • Monthly meetings September to June
  • For youth aged 14-24
  • Get volunteer hours
  • Plan youth events, gain advocacy skills
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Be the youth voice for KidsAbility

For more information, contact:
Joanne Duddy, transitions@kidsability.ca.

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Caring for the Caregiver

A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) for female caregivers of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).


ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action consistent with what they care about. This is a research project evaluating the benefits of ACT for caregivers.

 

Who Should Attend?
Female caregivers of individuals with FASD.

 

Dates & Times

May 24th: 5:30pm-9:00pm
May 25th: 9:00am-4:00pm
June 19th: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Toronto Western Hospital, 9 East Wing, Group Room B (Room 9E436).
*You must attend all dates

 

Want more information?
Video: https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/ 
Articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ
 

Interested?
Contact Brianne Redquest at brianne.redquest@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 ext. 33923

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Ontario Autism Consultations Now Open

Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported.
You can participate in the consultations during the month of May by participating in an online survey and/or through participating in telephone town hall sessions.
Visit the website to learn more about these opportunities. 

 

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Samsung x Autism Speaks Canada Tablet Program

Samsung Canada in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada have given over 1,700 tablets to support and foster closer connections with the autism community in Canada. This year they are providing 500 new Samsung tablets to individuals with autism and service organizations.

 

The Samsung x Autism Speaks Canada Tablet Program is NOW OPEN for applications!

 

 

How to Apply

  1. Visit Autism Speaks Canada CONNECT
  2. Create a free profile
  3. Apply before May 20, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

  • Canadian residents
  • Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or organizations supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Do not currently have a touch device
  • Willing to share the benefits of the tablet with Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung online community

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SamsungxASC@autismspeakscan.ca.

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Golf Lessons for Persons with Disabilities

Golf Clinic

​During the 3 week program, time will be spent on the putting & driving range, pitch & putt course and you will play a couple holes on the full course.
Should you decide to stay for the 12 week league, the cost of the clinic will be deducted from the league fee.
5:30-6:30 p.m. (5-11 years) - Code: 33389
6:30-7:30 p.m. (12-17 years) - Code: 33390
7:30-8:30 p.m. (18 years+) - Code: 33391
May 30 to June 13 | Cost: $35

Family, friends and support workers welcome.  

 

Golf League
A 12 week program with individual instruction while playing a few holes on the regulation sized course.
6:30-8 p.m. | Code: 33393
May 30 to August 15 | Cost: $95

Family, friends and support workers welcome.  

 

Registration: www.kitchener.ca/specializedprograms or call 519-741-2200 x7228.

 

This program is put on by:

  • KidsAbility
  • The City of Waterloo
  • City of Kitchener
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Special Olympics Ontario

 

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Summer 2019 YEP

KW Habilitation's Youth Exploring Possibilities - YEP is offered for 9 weeks during the summer. This program focuses on exploring the community, including recreational and leisure centres and future volunteer and employment options. 

 

Develop your confidence by using the Grand River Transit to access Kitchener-Waterloo. Learn more about what resources and activities your community has to offer, and discover how to use them. Meet new people and experience great adventures together! 

 

What does YEP offer? 

Past YEP participants have enjoyed activities such as:

  • life skills
  • cooking and baking 
  • arts & crafts and music such as drumming
  • volunteering at local non-profit organizations
  • rock climbing
  • outdoor activities such as canoeing or fishing 
  • learning about community safety from local police and fire departments 
  • karate and Zumba
  • attending local events and festivals
  • tours of various employment settings

Who: Ages 16-21

Youth must meet eligibility for Developmental Services 

When: July 2 - August 30, 2019

9:00 - 3:30pm Monday to Friday

Where: 109 Ottawa St. S., Unit D, Kitchener

This is an accessible location. Activities happen in the community. 

Cost:

$120 per registered 5 day week

$97 per registered 4 day week. 

Youth will be supported in a 1:4 ratio. Fees are non-refundable. 

 

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A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers - A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism. Presented by York University and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camh)

 

What is the research about?

This is a research project evaluating the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment

Therapy (ACT) for parents. ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with

difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most

important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the

concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop

unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with

those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action

consistent with what they care about. Each workshop is facilitated by a parent of an

individual with autism and a trained clinician.

 

Who should attend?

  • Mothers and fathers of children, youth and adults with autism. Fluency in English is required.

What does participation involve?

Participating involves attending three workshop sessions held in London, Ontario:

Workshop 1:

Friday, April 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm   

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-4:30pm 

Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Workshop 2:

Friday, September 13, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 19, 1:00pm-4:30pm

  • You will be randomly allocated to attend either Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.
  • As a participant, you will need to attend all three sessions and complete some questionnaires before the workshop, and again three times after that.
  • Participation in the workshop is free.

I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact Andrea Maughan, at amaughan@yorku.ca.

 

For more information on ACT workshops, you can check out our short video the : https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/

As well as these articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ

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Upcoming Sunbeam Centre Programs!

Sunbeam Centre has some new upcoming programs! 

 

Pottery Making Class

These classes will focus on making things for the garden. 

April 27 - May 4, 2019 from 1-3pm. 

Total Cost: $40

Location: Sunbeam Centre, 2749 Kingsway Dr., Kitchener 

Register online at www.MyCommunityHub.ca.  

 

Aqua Fit

A relaxing class led by an instructor focusing on body balance, and low impact strengthening activities that will help improve overall health and activities of daily living through range of motion exercises, stretching and low impact activities.  

Participants who require assistance with personal care or assistance in the pool are required to bring their own support person to class. 

April 3-24, 2019 from 3-4pm. 

Total Cost: $40

Location: Sunbeam Centre, 2749 Kingsway Dr., Kitchener 

Register by March 29.

 

If you have questions about any of these programs please contact Wendy King at w.king@sunbeamcentre.com

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Connection - An 8 Week Support Group for Mothers Who Have Experienced Interpersonal Violence

Connections - A Carizon CAPC Program in partnership with Kinbridge Community Association.

Connections is an 8-week support group for mothers who have experienced interpersonal violence (emotional, verbal, physical, cyber). Group members learn together and support one another to understand how experiencing violence impacts family life and how they can enrich their parenting skills.

 

Connections information, learning and sharing sessions include:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Building self-esteem in ourselves and in our children
  • Positive effective parenting
  • Strengthening our bond with our children
  • Strengthening our capacity to parent our childre

Time: Wednesday Mornings 10 am-12 noon, April 3 – May 22, 2019

Location: Kinbridge Community Association 200 Christopher Drive Cambridge, ON

Group sessions are free of charge
Space is limited
Childminding is available
Bus tickets and light snacks provided

To inquire about registration contact Sydney at Carizon: 226-808-7540 or sbell@carizon.ca.

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Career Compass Summer Jobs 2019

KW Career Compass can help you find meaningful employment!

 

Job Coaches are available to assist youth and adults with developmental disabilities match interests, skills and career goals to find the perfect fit.

 

Get help with:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing

  • Interview Preparation

  • Skills Assessments

  • Job Coaching

  • Goal Setting & Job Searching

  • Employment Readiness Classes

Fee for service options are available.

 

To apply, you MUST:

1. Complete and send in the full application and current resume by May 10, 2019 to KW Habilitation:

 Mail or in person: 99 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON, N2G 3S8

 Fax: 519-884-8609

 Email: info@kwcareercompass.org

Please make each application to the Attention of Wil Candlish.

2. Have an intellectual disability (confirmed through a psychological assessment, IEP or DSO)

3. Be able to find own way to and from work and/or classes and appointments. (We can provide bus route training as needed!)

4. Commit to:

- Attending and joining all skill building opportunities.

- Working the scheduled hours/time as set by the employer.

- Only being absent from work/training if you are ill or have an emergency situation to deal with.

5. Have a Social Insurance Number – or be willing to apply for one to have it by June 15, 2018.

 

If you have any questions about Career Compass Summer Jobs 2019, or need help filling out the application please contact Wil Candlish, Manager at 519-744-6307 ext. 1213 OR by email info@kwcareercompass.org.

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