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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.

 


 

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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A Message from Bridges to Belonging

Please see the following message from Bridges to Belonging:

 


"We would like to advise you of an urgent matter concerning future funding for the infrastructure for independent facilitation by the Ministry of Children's and Community Social Services (MCCSS).   
 
As you may or may not be aware,  Bridges to Belonging along with 6 other Independent Facilitation Organizations were funded to provide independent facilitation across Ontario through the Ministry of Children's and Community Social Services (MCCSS) since April 1, 2015.  This funding arrangement expires on March 31, 2019.
 
To date, the Ministry has not provided any indication that the current funding arrangement will continue. Based on the current Provincial government's budgeting reviews and timelines, it appears highly unlikely that future funding will be extended beyond March 31, 2019.
 
The Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) has held a number of constructive discussions with both elected and public service officials in the Government of Ontario to describe the value, benefits and positive impact that independent facilitation has provided in the lives of people with disabilities.
 
Over the next few days and weeks there are a number of things that you can do to be advocate for the continuation of funding for independent facilitation in Ontario.

  • Attend the Family Information Session:Thursday, January 17th, 2019 from 6-9pm in Room 2015, at the Family Centre 65, Hanson Ave. Kitchener
  • Join the Independent Facilitation Matters Advocacy movement by subscribing to and participating on the social media sites:   http://www.independentfacilitationmatters.com and visit, like and share the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/independentfacilitationmatters
  • Post a testimonial statement and/or upload a 1-2 minute video clip about why independent facilitation matters to you. (How to instructions are provided on the site)
  • A helpful app that you may wish to use can be found at wetransfer.com. You may wish to contact your local MPP either by phone call and/or email your 2 minute video (using wetransfer) about why Independent Facilitation is important
  • Participate in the Province of Ontario Budget Consultations at https://www.ontario.ca/page/budget-consultations

For more information, please feel free to contact either Donnamarie Dunk, Executive Director at 519-886-8886 ext 2420 or Roz Vincent-Haven, Board Chair at 519-746-7950.

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A message from the Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition

Please find the following message from the Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition:

 

Dear Friends, Partners and Allies,

 

The Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition is made up of people with developmental disabilities, their family members and loved ones, and other allies who believe that Independent Facilitation makes a difference in the lives of people and families and should continue to be available and funded in Ontario.

 

But we need your help to do that today.

 

We’re asking you to visit our website here, sign up for our newsletter, and submit a story of your own: https://www.independentfacilitationmatters.com/

 

You can also:

 

Here’s one more action you can take right now – sharing your written testimonial about why independent facilitation matters to you.

 

Please share this information with your networks, so that as many people, loved ones, and allies who are interested in Independent Facilitation can join in and support the Coalition. We want the Ministry to see strong, large numbers of people who care about this!

 

Thank you,

 

The Independent Facilitation Matters Coalition

www.independentfacilitationmatters.com

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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 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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Carizon Winter Group Programs

The following is a list of upcoming 2019 winter group programs at Carizon.

 

Understanding Me

Day Group I Wednesdays 9:30am—11:30am I Jan 9—Mar 20

Evening Group | Tuesdays 6:30pm— 8:30pm I Jan 8—Mar 19

Provides education & support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.

Open group: clients can join at any time.

No fee.

 

Building Better Boundaries

Mondays 1pm—3pm I Jan 14—Mar 11

Provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are working towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Closed Group.

No fee.

 

Managing Stress for Managing Moods

Thursdays 6:30pm—8:30pm I Jan 10—Mar 7

Helps participants learn methods to cope more effectively with chronic stress and feelings of depression, anxiety and negative moods, identify & change chronically negative thoughts and beliefs to improve self-esteem, self-care and quality of life.

Cost: $200, sliding scale available.

 

Mindful Moves, Meditation and Relaxation

Mondays 6:30pm—8pm I Jan 14—Mar 4

This class will include a balance of mindful movements to release tension, mindfulness meditation to calm the mind, and guided relaxation to restore the mind and the body. We will also discuss how we might use some of these practices to alter our response to the stresses and discomfort in our everyday lives.

No fee.

 

Dynamic Girls Gr. 7/8

TBD

The group focuses on improving social interaction, increasing self-esteem and improving mood. Each week will cover different topics and teach girls skills that will help them cope with difficult times, overcome obstacles, and develop healthy relationships with themselves and others while navigating the teen years.

Cost: $150 sliding scale available.

 

Families in Separate Homes: FISH

Mondays 4:30pm—6pm I Jan 14—Mar 4

FISH is a group for children aged 7-10, designed to help cope with separation and divorce, utilizing Play Therapy. The purpose of the group is to explore some of the concerns, anxieties, and big feelings your child may experience during this transition while relating to other children who may be experiencing similar feelings.

Cost: $150, sliding scale available.

 

I’m More than My Pain

Fridays 1pm—3pm I Feb 1—Mar 22

This is a support group for people who have chronic pain. This group provides a positive and safe space for people to talk about the ways that they are impacted by having chronic pain as well as to share coping strategies. Discus-sion will include topics such as healthy balance, self-care strategies and dealing with losses because of pain. Each session will include a relaxation or mindfulness activity.

Cost: $200, sliding scale available.

 

For more information please visit the Carizon website at www.carizon.ca  or call 519.743.6333 for information or registration.

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Autisme Ontario – À la recherche de familles francophones / Autism Ontario - Looking for Francophone Families

Are you a Francophone family with children with ASD? Are you interested in attending Autism Ontario events that are offered in French? 
 
Autism Ontario is interested in offering events specifically in French and we are trying to gauge how many families are in our area.

 

Please email jennifer@autismontario.com if you are interested in atteding these events. Please also include the ages of your children.

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2019 Woolwich Counselling Centre Groups

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.

 

Stand Tall - This Group promotes confidence and assertiveness, enabling children to protect and express themselves.  

For ages 7-9

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11, 2019

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $100

 

Helping Our Teens Conquer Anxiety - This workshop examines the causes and symptoms of adolescent anxiety. Strategies to support and cope with anxiety are provided for teens, their parents and others.

Dates: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 7-8pm

Cost: $20/person

 

Glad to Be Me - This fun-filled children’s program promotes self-esteem and self-worth.

For ages 4-7

Dates: Feb.25; March 25; April 29; May 27

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $20/session 

 

Conquering Teen Anxiety - This group will assist teens to learn effective ways to cope with teenage pressures and stress. They will learn strategies to feel more in control of their daily lives.

For ages 12-14

Dates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 and 15

Time:7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100

 

Midfulness - This 6 week adult course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed

and focused you.

Dates: Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100

 

No Need to Fret - Does your child worry excessively? Do worries and fears interfere with

your child’s ability to enjoy a carefree childhood that all children deserve? Did you know that appropriate and timely intervention can assist anxious children to grow up to be healthy adults?

Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.

For ages 8-11.

Date: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100

 

Protecting the Girl in Me - This group develops leadership skills and confidence to enable girls to protect themselves, develop healthy coping mechanisms and positive social connections.

For ages 10-12

Dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100

 

To learn more about these program or to register please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

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SkateABLE

SkateABLE™ is Canada’s only high-quality adaptive ice skating program for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

 

This program is developmentally appropriate for children with a wide variety of challenges including: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, muscle weakness, as well as autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays.

All adaptive equipment is provided free of charge.

 

Kitchener

Program Dates: Tuesdays, January 15 - March 12, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Lion's Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Rd., Kitchener 

 

Waterloo

Program Dates: Thursdays, January 10 ‐ March 14, 2019

Times: 4:00pm

Location: Albert McCormick Arena, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo

 

 

Registration for SkateABLE™ is available now at www.skateable.ca.

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Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Autism Spectrum Disorder Fundamental Training Course

If you’re the caregiver of a child (under 18 years of age) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have a strong desire to increase your knowledge and understanding of this diagnosis, Kerry's Place Autism Services has an exclusive offer for you!

 

Kerry’s Place Autism Services is offering this training course FREE as a Foundational Service through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). To qualify, families must have a child registered with the OAP. Not registered yet? Call the OAP Single Point of Access at 1-877-374-6625 (press 1) to register today!

 

This unique training opportunity will include:

  • 12 modules delivered in six full days
  • Group and individual activities
  • Weekly assignments to enhance comprehension, skill development, and confidence
  • The opportunity to work with other parents in a supportive and dynamic learning environment
  • A certificate of participation

Dates

January 18, 25, February 1, 8 March 1,8, 2019

Time

9:30 am –3:30 pm

Location

Sunbeam Centre-training room - 2749 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

 

For more information and registration please contact:

Amanda Polesello at Amanda.Polesello@kerrysplace.org or 519-763-5812 ext. 28

Registration is first come first serve basis. Spaces are limited.

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