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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.

 


 

A Team - June 2019 - Newsletter & Meeting Reminder

The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

In the June newsletter you will find:

  • information about the June meeting
  • a "Quotable Quote"
  • ASD Resource/ Event Spotlight

  • information about summer break

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On The House

On The House is an opportunity for Waterloo Region families that have a loved one(s) with a disability to enjoy a delicious complimentary three-course dinner for two at Proof Restaurant Lounge. Care, by a trained support person, will be provided for your loved one(s) nearby so you can relax and enjoy!
 

Participants will be chosen by random selection. If you would like to participate in On The House, please submit your interest by Thursday, May 23 to https://bit.ly/2vGc6Vm.
You can also refer a friend or family member!

 

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Time: Table seating times from 5:30-6:30pm

Location: Proof Restaurant Lounge 

 

If you have questions, please contact Krista McCann 519-886-9150 x 2 or Krista.McCann@wrfn.info.


This event is an ASD Collaborative initiative. 

 

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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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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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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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Family Alliance Ontario Membership Drive

Family Alliance Ontario is currently renewing and accepting memberships. The membership year runs from April 1st to March 31st. You can join as an individual or family. Your membership fee helps support organizational expenses and the volunteer efforts of Board Members to represent the individual and family voice.

 

Learn more about Family Alliance Ontario on their website at https://family-alliance.com/.

 

Renewal Documents:

 

 

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Down Syndrome Association of Ontario Letter Writing Campaign

The Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County in partnership with Down Syndrome Association of Ontario have been building support for legislation to ensure that medical professionals are sharing non-biased information with expecting parents, in person and allowing them time to process the diagnosis.

 

You can participate in the letter-writing campaign to let MPPs know this is important to Ontario's Down syndrome community! All you need to do is enter your name, email address, and postal code, and the letter will be sent to your MPP and to the Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. If you want, you can also edit the letter to add your own story. Click here to participate in the letter wriing campaign.

 

If you have any questions contact DSASC/DSAO Jen St. Onge at jstonge705@gmail.com.

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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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Dufferin Wellington FASD Caregiver Learning Series

Caregiver learning series for caregivers and professionals supporting someone with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Presented by Dufferin Wellington FASD Action Group.

 

Three night learning series at Canadian Mental Health Association, 485 Slivercreek Pkwy. N, Unit 1 Guelph

 

Learning Series #1:  Finding Breath: Caregiving in the world of FASD.

Presented by Laurie Whyte

Wednesday March 6, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learning Series #2: Why does stigma exist in FASD, how it impacts us, and strategies for addressing it.     

Presented by Paula Stanghetta   

Wednesday April 3, 2019 6:30pm -8:30pm

Learning Series #3: To be Announced  

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:30pm -8:30pm

 

Spots are limited so please register early!

 

Register here.

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