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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.



Resilience & Self-Regulation

Resilience as part of learning & building self-regulation.


January 23, 2020 from 7-9pm @ Community Living (8 Royal Rd, Guelph, ON)


*This is Part 1,of a two-part series* (This session is for parents & will be followed by a 2nd session for parents & youth on Feb 20, 2020).


Resilience is both a trait and an aspiration. We all have resilience and we need to know how to tap into our resilience, as well as devleop or build on it.

There are 7 key criteria for resilience and the top 2 criteria are Self-Regulation & Impulse Control.

Come to a workshop that will help you and your children with tapping into and developing Self-Regulation as a means to cope and thrive.


Cost: $15 (members $10)

Register here or by calling 519-837-2050 or emailing Info@ldawc.ca

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Weekend Social Club

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is pleased to continue offering the Weekend Social Club (WSC) to Waterloo Region. Founded by the Kitchener Waterloo Association for Community Living and with support from WRDSS, this program’s goal is to inspire active participation in the community.

WSC offers recreational opportunities for adults ages 18+ with a developmental disability where a variety of community events and interests are explored. Events and activities range from attending sporting events, going nature hikes, visiting historical places and so much more.

The winter/spring session runs from January - June, 2020 and the registration fee for this session is $35 (plus any additional costs for special events or trips). If required, a direct support person must be provided.

For more information or to register, please contact Ben Sauder, Support Coordinator/Community Group Supervisor at 519-741-0190 x290 /ben.sauder@eafwr.on.ca.

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KidsAbility Program & Activity Guide Winter 2019-2020

Check out the KidsAbility Winter Activity Guide.


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KidsAbility Fall Resource Guide

The KidsAbility Program and Activity Guides for Fall is a great resource for local programming.


Program and Activity Guide - Fall 2019


Guides can also be found on the KidsAbility website at www.kidsability.ca.


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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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Autism Ontario - Great Wolf Lodge

Families will have the opportunity to come and enjoy at Great Wolf Lodge at a special rate just for Autism Ontario.
Great Wolf Lodge is generously offering Autism Ontario families a discounted group rate for stays occurring during the below dates.  

By registering, starting May 16, 2019 at 9am, you will be given the group code, which allow you to access the reduced rate. This is for Ontario families with children with Autism, who are 18 and under. 



  • September 13 - 29, 2019
  • October 27 - 31, 2019

Registration opens May 16 at 9am. Learn more here.

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WRFN's Evening of Elegance 2019

On April 26 we journeyed back to our roots at our 5th annual signature fundraising event, Evening of Elegance. Hosted at Luther Village on the Park, our guests enjoyed an elegant evening of mixing and mingling while tasting delicious wine, beer and cider – all paired with appetizing food selections.

Celebrating our 10th year as an organization, we took time to reflect on why we came to be, enjoying stories from some of our founding parents, Trish Coupal, Bobbi Holte, Monique Kaptein and Sue Simpson. We also experienced a captivating performance from Guelph Spoken Word artist, Danielle Workman. Danielle connected with WRFN families to learn of their journeys and from there wrote and performed an emotional piece, “Blessings Perceived.” You can watch Danielle’s performance at https://youtu.be/-n1VDZIt8k0.


Each year, at this time, WRFN is excited to honour an outstanding volunteer. This year is no exception as we honour Sue Furey – an amazing volunteer who has committed her time to WRFN for almost 10 years.

Sue began her involvement as one of our first Parent Mentor volunteers and continues to connect with parents traveling a similar journey today. She has been actively involved on our Governance and Nominations Committee, participates on parent panels sharing insight and experience with others, and attends forums and focus groups where she shares input, creative ideas and solutions beneficial to our community.

Sue is an outstanding WRFN volunteer – someone who listens, understands, and willingly and graciously walks alongside others, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience each and every day, so that they too can thrive.        

Our Master of Ceremonies, Mike Farwell, helped make the evening a success. With so many fantastic silent auction items it was easy to keep the excitement and competition alive! Guests were eager to buy raffle tickets for a two-hour Niagara Falls Scenic Flight Tour with Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. Raffle tickets will be on sale until May 17. If you would like to support WRFN and have a chance to win this great prize please contact Krista.     

We would like to thank Heffner Lexus Toyota for their generous contribution as our event sponsor. A warm thank you to Luther Village on the Park for being our venue sponsor and the staff for all their hard work. Thank you to our corporate sponsors, Coupal Markou Commercial Real Estate Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Melloul-Blamey Construction. Thank you to all our silent auction sponsors. The night would not have been possible without all of your generous contributions!  

You can see pictures from the evening on the snapd Kitchener Waterloo website.   


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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - April 2019

The Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared a April 2019 Update.


In this update you will find information about:

  • FASD Caregiver Training Series
  • "Dad's Use of Alcohol"
  • Ontario's NEW FASD One Stop Hub 
  • 'You're weird, you're different and nobody wants to be your friend': the loneliness of FASD
  • Understanding and Supporting FASD with Dan Dubovsky (workshop)
  • FASD and sleep
  • FASD presentation with Len Whalen 
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The Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships are Coming to Elmira!

After being held in Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia, the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships are coming to Ontario in 2019! The Woolwich Thrashers Sledge Hockey Club, the Township of Woolwich and the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association are set to welcome sledge hockey teams from across Canada to the Town of Elmira. Games will be played at the Woolwich Memorial Centre from Friday May 10th to Sunday May 12th. 


Learn more about the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships here.

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