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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.



iCan Bike

Hosted by KidsAbility, iCan Bike helps children and youth with special needs to

achieve an important life milestone: learning to ride a two-wheeled bike!


Using specially adapted bicycles, partcipants gradually transition to a regular two-wheeled

bicycle learning the skills and condifence that they need to ride independently!


Times: 75 minute sessions each day (sessions scheduled between 8 am–5 pm)

Ages: 8 Years Old – School Exit (up to age 21)

Eligibility: Your child must meet eligibility requirements and register with KidsAbility for

this event. For more informaton and details including full eligibility criteria visit kidsability.ca/icanbike.

Cost: $180 per person

To Register: Call 519.886.8886 or 1.888.372.2259 ext. 1373 or email specialized@kidsability.ca.

Registraton deadline is Friday, June 21, 2019


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Triple P Positive Parenting Group

Triple P positive parenting group starts at the CMHRT, University of Waterloo in March 2019.


What is Triple P?

  • Group program based on research evidence and used in 35 countries worldwide
  • Opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations
  • Provides tips and strategies to suit the individual needs of your family
  • Includes a handy workbook with parenting tools and information
  • Includes video and demonstrations to put ideas into practice

Who is it for?

  • Parents of children ages 3 to 11 years
  • Parents seeking strategies to manage challenging child behaviors
  • Parents wanting to learn new ideas, to reduce parenting stress, or to feel more confident in their parenting

What does it cost?

  • The group program fees are $200 for the 8 week program
  • There is an additional cost of $30 for the parent workbook
  • Subsidies are possible

Dates: Wednesday nights March 6 to May 1 2019 (excluding March 13 2019)

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Venue: CMHRT, University of Waterloo (PAS 1401)

Facilitators: Dr. Marjory Phillips (supervisor) with experienced graduate students and residents in clinical psychology


Please contact cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca or (519) 888-4567 ext. 33842 if you would like to participate in the program and to discuss whether it is suitable for your family.

Space is limited. For more information, please see  https://uwaterloo.ca/cmhrt/.

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Volunteers Needed - Community Access to Materials

Evergreen Neighbourhood Nature Play is looking for volunteers! They are looking for help to provide community access to nature play materials at Gzowski Park and Kingsdale Park.


What you will do:

  • Sign up for a date and time that you’ll be in the park
  • Unlock the storage container and put out the play materials
  • Put away all materials at the end of your visit and secure the storage container

What Evergreen will do:

  • Provide training on how to access and use the materials
  • Provide guidelines on which materials can be used
  • Keep an up-to-date supply of materials
  • Provide further assistance and support as needed

Next steps:

  • If you are interested contact Zack at zstevens@evergreen.ca
  • Evergreen will connect with the group of volunteers to coordinate a brief (30mins) training session
  • As a City of Kitchener volunteer, you will be asked to sign up in the volunteer database so that you can be properly supported through this process
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Autism Ontario Reimbursement Fund

The 2019 March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker OR who have paid for their child to attend a 2019 March break camp or program, but not both.

Maximum reimbursements of $350 per child or youth (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between March 11 and March 15, 2019.


Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply between December 17, 2018 and January 25, 2019.

For more information please visit the website at https://www.autismontario.com/camp.


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Carizon Winter Group Programs

The following is a list of upcoming 2019 winter group programs at Carizon.


Understanding Me

Day Group I Wednesdays 9:30am—11:30am I Jan 9—Mar 20

Evening Group | Tuesdays 6:30pm— 8:30pm I Jan 8—Mar 19

Provides education & support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.

Open group: clients can join at any time.

No fee.


Building Better Boundaries

Mondays 1pm—3pm I Jan 14—Mar 11

Provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are working towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Closed Group.

No fee.


Managing Stress for Managing Moods

Thursdays 6:30pm—8:30pm I Jan 10—Mar 7

Helps participants learn methods to cope more effectively with chronic stress and feelings of depression, anxiety and negative moods, identify & change chronically negative thoughts and beliefs to improve self-esteem, self-care and quality of life.

Cost: $200, sliding scale available.


Mindful Moves, Meditation and Relaxation

Mondays 6:30pm—8pm I Jan 14—Mar 4

This class will include a balance of mindful movements to release tension, mindfulness meditation to calm the mind, and guided relaxation to restore the mind and the body. We will also discuss how we might use some of these practices to alter our response to the stresses and discomfort in our everyday lives.

No fee.


Dynamic Girls Gr. 7/8


The group focuses on improving social interaction, increasing self-esteem and improving mood. Each week will cover different topics and teach girls skills that will help them cope with difficult times, overcome obstacles, and develop healthy relationships with themselves and others while navigating the teen years.

Cost: $150 sliding scale available.


Families in Separate Homes: FISH

Mondays 4:30pm—6pm I Jan 14—Mar 4

FISH is a group for children aged 7-10, designed to help cope with separation and divorce, utilizing Play Therapy. The purpose of the group is to explore some of the concerns, anxieties, and big feelings your child may experience during this transition while relating to other children who may be experiencing similar feelings.

Cost: $150, sliding scale available.


I’m More than My Pain

Fridays 1pm—3pm I Feb 1—Mar 22

This is a support group for people who have chronic pain. This group provides a positive and safe space for people to talk about the ways that they are impacted by having chronic pain as well as to share coping strategies. Discus-sion will include topics such as healthy balance, self-care strategies and dealing with losses because of pain. Each session will include a relaxation or mindfulness activity.

Cost: $200, sliding scale available.


For more information please visit the Carizon website at www.carizon.ca  or call 519.743.6333 for information or registration.

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Autisme Ontario – À la recherche de familles francophones / Autism Ontario - Looking for Francophone Families

Are you a Francophone family with children with ASD? Are you interested in attending Autism Ontario events that are offered in French? 
Autism Ontario is interested in offering events specifically in French and we are trying to gauge how many families are in our area.


Please email jennifer@autismontario.com if you are interested in atteding these events. Please also include the ages of your children.

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2019 Woolwich Counselling Centre Groups

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.


Stand Tall - This Group promotes confidence and assertiveness, enabling children to protect and express themselves.  

For ages 7-9

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11, 2019

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $100


Helping Our Teens Conquer Anxiety - This workshop examines the causes and symptoms of adolescent anxiety. Strategies to support and cope with anxiety are provided for teens, their parents and others.

Dates: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 7-8pm

Cost: $20/person


Glad to Be Me - This fun-filled children’s program promotes self-esteem and self-worth.

For ages 4-7

Dates: Feb.25; March 25; April 29; May 27

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $20/session 


Conquering Teen Anxiety - This group will assist teens to learn effective ways to cope with teenage pressures and stress. They will learn strategies to feel more in control of their daily lives.

For ages 12-14

Dates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 and 15


Cost: $100


Midfulness - This 6 week adult course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed

and focused you.

Dates: Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100


No Need to Fret - Does your child worry excessively? Do worries and fears interfere with

your child’s ability to enjoy a carefree childhood that all children deserve? Did you know that appropriate and timely intervention can assist anxious children to grow up to be healthy adults?

Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.

For ages 8-11.

Date: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100


Protecting the Girl in Me - This group develops leadership skills and confidence to enable girls to protect themselves, develop healthy coping mechanisms and positive social connections.

For ages 10-12

Dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100


To learn more about these program or to register please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

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SkateABLE™ is Canada’s only high-quality adaptive ice skating program for children with physical and developmental disabilities.


This program is developmentally appropriate for children with a wide variety of challenges including: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, muscle weakness, as well as autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays.

All adaptive equipment is provided free of charge.



Program Dates: Tuesdays, January 15 - March 12, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Lion's Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Rd., Kitchener 



Program Dates: Thursdays, January 10 ‐ March 14, 2019

Times: 4:00pm

Location: Albert McCormick Arena, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo



Registration for SkateABLE™ is available now at www.skateable.ca.

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Autism Ontario - "Waterloo Stars" Adaptive Soccer Program

Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club.  Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!


The WMCS's Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team. 


For this event, there will be full and private use of indoor field for 1 hour weekly. Waterloo Minor Soccer Club will provide team jerseys, shorts, socks and a ball for each child registered. 


Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game.  Cues will be taken from the child, siblings and parents and activities can include balancing balls, Frisbees, volleyballs, softer balls, hula hoops, smaller nets, etc.  It can be a very diverse hour but it is an hour of physical activity.


**Parents must participate with their children on the field**

Please note shin guards are required.  Parents must provide shin guards for all participating.


Cost: $30 per child

Dates: January 12 - March 16

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm


For more information or to register click here.

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Aldaview Services March Break Respite Program

Aldaview Services is running a March Break Respite Program. This program is for individuals with a developmental disability in Grade 9 and up.


Activities include:

  • arts & crafts
  • music
  • games
  • social time and much MORE!

Fees are based on participants' needs and activity costs.


Aldaview Services is accessible by GRT.


Dates: March 11 – 15, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 3:00

Location: Aldaview Services, 332 Hamilton Road, New Hamburg, Ontario


For registration contact:

Mary Hartman



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