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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.

 


 

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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A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers - A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism. Presented by York University and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camh)

 

What is the research about?

This is a research project evaluating the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment

Therapy (ACT) for parents. 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. Each workshop is facilitated by a parent of an

individual with autism and a trained clinician.

 

Who should attend?

  • Mothers and fathers of children, youth and adults with autism. Fluency in English is required.

What does participation involve?

Participating involves attending three workshop sessions held in London, Ontario:

Workshop 1:

Friday, April 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm   

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-4:30pm 

Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Workshop 2:

Friday, September 13, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 19, 1:00pm-4:30pm

  • You will be randomly allocated to attend either Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.
  • As a participant, you will need to attend all three sessions and complete some questionnaires before the workshop, and again three times after that.
  • Participation in the workshop is free.

I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact Andrea Maughan, at amaughan@yorku.ca.

 

For more information on ACT workshops, you can check out our short video the : https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/

As well as these articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ

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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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Abilities United Soccer Team – New for 2019!!

Waterloo United is proud to introduce the Abilities United team – New for 2019!!  The program is fully inclusive, designed and adapted for children with any disability – we welcome all on the field!  WMSC, in partnership with KidsAbility, is at the forefront of the development of not only soccer programs, but also physical literacy programming and recreation/socialization opportunities.  This is a parent participation program – one support person per player is required. 

 

Date:  Sundays from June 2 – July 28 (no program June 30)

Time:  10am – 11am

Location:  RIM Park (indoors)

Ages: 4-14 yrs

Cost:  $160 (includes full uniform, ball, medal and team photo.)

 

For more information visit  https://www.waterloounited.com/camps-skills/abilities-united/.

 

To register visit https://waterloounited.powerupsports.com/index.php?page=LOGIN.

 

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - February 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their February 2019 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities & Research
    • Autism Ontario Peel Chapter Offering Affordable Valentines Day Social Dinner
    • Kerry's Place offering Mindfulness Group for ages 30+
    • Kerry's Place offering The Code 2.0 intermediate coding course
    • Aging with a Developmental Disability Workshop
    • Ottawa Aspirations Group General Meeting
    • Photoshop for Beginners Workshop in Hamilton
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers Study                               
    • Care for the Caregiver Workshop in North Bay

  • Employment

    • Youth Job Connection is taking applications in Pickering and Whitby

    • Gain & Maintain: Learning Differences and Employment

    • Prepare for Life: An Adaptive Life Skills Course

    • Hospitality Workers Training Centre offering free training

  • Community

    • Women on the Spectrum: A Discussion

  • Call for Community Voices

Read the Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here.

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A-Team - February 2019 Newsletter

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 February edition you will find information on:

  • Upcoming meetings
  • ASD Research Opportunities
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Autism Ontario - Great Wolf Lodge Opportunity

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 May 5-11, 2019.

 

By registering Eventbrite, starting Feb 6th at 930am, you will be given the group code, which allow you to access the reduced rate.  Once you have your group code, you MUST contact Great Wolf Lodge directly, yourself to reserve your stay.

 

Details About Autism Ontario’s Group Rate:

  • A limited number of rooms have been set aside for this group. Families are encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure their reservation.  Rooms are booked first come first served and the Autism Ontario group block has consistently sold-out each year.
  • Rates are listed in Canadian dollars and are based on a family of four in a Family Suite that includes up to 4 waterpark passes.
  • Passes are not transferable. Additional guest passes can be purchased for $50.00 plus tax, per night stay, per guest from Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Call Great Wolf Lodge as soon as you get your group code for the best selection of dates. When calling, identifying yourself as a member of the Autism Ontario Group and you will be asked for the group code that will be provided after the online registration is completed.
  • All bookings are based on availability.
  • The group rates offered, are based on attaining a minimum number of rooms. If the group minimum is not met, the group guests will be contacted and offered the option to cancel without penalty or rebook at the retail rate. If the group minimum is met and a guest chooses to cancel, the individual cancellation policy applies. 
    • Great Wolf Lodge's Cancellation Policy: You have up to 7 days prior to arrival to cancel with a fee of 15% of your deposit. If you cancel 4-6 days prior to arrival, there will be a 30% fee, and 3 days or less of arrival, the deposit becomes non-refundable.
  • Successful registration does NOT guarantee a room reservation. You must contact Great Wolf Lodge yourself with the group code to arrange your reservation before Great Wolf Lodge's booking cut off date of April 5, 2019 - But don’t wait until then!

Learn more here.

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - January 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their January 2019 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities and Research
    • Accessibility Advisory Committee Members Needed in Toronto
    • Ontario Groups Collaborate with Awake Labs for Anxiety App
    • Ahuri Theatre presents: This Is The Point
    • Toronto Public Health offering modified Food Handlers Certification Course
    • Strategies for Adult ADHD & Aspergers Weekly Walk-in Group
    • Free Adult ADHD & Aspergers Monthly Support Group
    • York Recreation Centre offering adapted programs for adults
    • Ladies Learning Code HTML & CSS Workshops coming to Kingston & Markham  
    • Ladies Learning Code offering JavaScript for Beginners in Toronto  
  • Employment
    • Specialisterne is hiring for positions at CIBC
    • Individualized Transition to Life Course Available Throughout Many Ontario Regions

    • New Haven Learning Centre offering Vocational Program

  • Community

    • The Art of Kristin Wilkinson

  • CALL FOR COMMUNITY VOICES

Click here to read the newsletter.

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A Team - January 2019 Newsletter

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 January newsletter you will find information about:

  • the January meeting
  • "Quotable Quote"
  • ASD Resource/ Event Spotlight
  • upcoming meeting date 

Read the January A Team newsletter here.

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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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