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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.

 


 

Autism Ontario 2019 One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

Need support so your child with ASD can go to Summer Camp?

 

The 2019 One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program.  Maximum reimbursements of $600, per child or youth, (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between June 24 and August 30, 2019. 

 

A minimum of 500 families from across Ontario are expected to receive reimbursements. Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply between May 6 and May 31, 2019.

 

Process

  1. Application:  Completed and signed applications will be accepted from May 7 to May 31, 2019. Your application must include evidence of a clear ASD diagnosis from a professional who is qualified to make the diagnosis (see website for details).
  2. Selection: By June 7, 2019, 500 families will be randomly selected and ALL applicants will be informed by letter whether they were selected to receive funds or not.
  3. Payment: Autism Ontario will issue cheques to the randomly selected families who have submitted (by no later than September 13, 2019) all original receipt(s) for fees paid by the parent of the child with ASD for the child’s one-to-one worker.

Note: Membership in Autism Ontario is not required to access the Fund.

 

Contact Ginny Kontosic with questions, 416-246-9592 ext. 225 or 

ginny@autismontario.com

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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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KidsAbility 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide

Are you looking for programs or activities for you or your child? The KidsAbility Program & Activity guides highlight some of the great programs geared toward both caregivers and children and youth with special needs. They feature KidsAbility, Firefly and community-based activities and resources. 

 

View the 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide.

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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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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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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

519-662-5172

mhartman@tcmhomes.com

Respond by February 22, 2019

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WRFN Camp Day!

Please join us on Sunday, September 23rd between 2-5pm at Camp Ki-Wa-Y (3738 Hessen Strasse, St. Clements) for our annual Camp Day!

 

Enjoy camp activities for the whole family while connecting with others. Bring your appetite because we will be roasting s'mores on the fire and having a barbeque! Everyone is welcome!

 

Event Schedule

2-4pm - Camp activities:

  • Canoeing (please note that the only access to the canoes is by stairs due to environmental barriers)
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • High Ropes
  • Archery
  • Camp Fire & S'mores

4:15-5pm - Barbeque

 

Please register in advance by contacting Krista McCann at krista.mccann@wrfn.info  or 519-886-9150 ext. 2. Please indicate the number of people attending, their names and if anyone has dietary restrictions.

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Bulldog Fitness Summer camp

Bulldog Summer Camp offers a wide range of fun, adventurous and thrilling activities! Weekly themed events, workshops, special guests and trips to local parks are offered. This is a Ministry Licensed, inclusive camp with low staff to camper ratios. 

 

Ages: 3-13

Time: 8am - 5pm with an option of extended care

Cost per week: $195 

Location: 259 Grange Road, Guleph

Learn more about the weekly themes here

Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form

 

Learn more about Bulldof Fitness at www.guelphbulldog.com.

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