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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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Lutherwood Youth Job Connection

Lutherwood Employment Services is still offering support during the pandemic. While working remotely, they've continued to try to reach out to job seekers as best as possible in our community. Check out these posters and opportunities, if you or someone you know is currently looking for employment.

Youth Job Connection Workshops

Job Searching during Covid19

Job Posting Facebook groups

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Equitable Access to Care Now!

The Canadian Government recommends that essential support person(s) be included in 'essential visitor' policies.  Ontario has not updated their recommendation around essential visitors since this updated guidance document was sent to all provinces and territories.  

 

People and their families in Ontario still have to advocate at the local level on an individual basis to ensure that they have the supports necessary to access care. Granting this access to supports is at the discretion of the person in charge.  It shouldn't have to be this way.  

 

B.C. just updated their visitor policy to include essential support people.  Ontario must do the same NOW!  

 

Help get this policy changed in Ontario--it's easy just click the link below, read the open letter, sign on, then forward this email to all your family, friends, colleagues and networks.   

 

Please Sign on Today!

Equitable Access to Care Now! | Family Alliance Ontario

 

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PooranLaw WLPC: COVID-19 RoundUp

As a community, we are experiencing an unprecedented period of uncertainty and must come together to share information, resources and hope for the future. At PooranLaw, their team of dedicated legal professionals is working around the clock in support of individuals, families and grassroots not-for-profit organizations, providing advice, support and representation in the face of a legal landscape that is changing minute by minute. Their COVID-19 Resource Centre is your source for the very latest legal developments related to the Pandemic.

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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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Transition to Adulthood Clinic (for KidsAbility clients 15+)

Have you started to think about your life after high school? Do you have questions about services for adults with disabilities in the community? Would you like to find out about resources that are available to help you with your transition planning?


The Transition to Adulthood Clinic is an opportunity to meet with the Transitions Lead who will help to guide you in the right direction with planning for your future. During Covid-19 isolation, all appointments will be occurring through Zoom. Once KidsAbility Centres have opened up again, there will be the option to meet with the Transitions Lead either face to face or through Zoom.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your KidsAbility therapist or call Intake  at 1-888-372-2259, Ext 1214.


 

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Ontario's Triage Protocol

ARCH Disability Law and its partners have drafted a response to Ontario’s Triage Protocol that will be sent to the Premier, Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors and Accessibility. Please share this widely, and ask organizations and individuals to endorse the letter before it is sent on April 7th, 5.00 pm.

Thank you for taking the time to review and hopefully endorsing this letter to protect the human rights of people with disabilities in this province who may fall ill due to COVID 19.

 

The ARCH letter is found here. 

What is Ontario’s Triage Protocol?

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/03/29/ontario-developing-last-resort-guidelines-on-which-patients-to-prioritize-if-hospitals-are-overwhelmed-by-critical-covid-19-cases.html

Marilyn Dolmage and her son, Jay a professor at the University of Waterloo have shared a critical analysis of the accommodations required for people with disabilities during the pandemic.  

https://accommodationsduringapandemic.wordpress.com/

This pertains to measures which may occur in our province if a disabled person were to require medical intervention due to Covid-19, referred to as  COVID Triage Protocol. They will not be triaged according to their medical needs, instead by their disability.

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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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COVID-19 Resources

This is a compilation of resources that Kerry's Place has curated that were created for persons with ASD to help them through this current event. 

Click here to see the resource list.

 

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Family Pulse-April 2020

Welcome to April! 

 

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

COVID-19

New Team Member

SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information & Resources

 

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

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