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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.



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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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Transitional Care Study

The Centre of Family Medicine, Mobiliy Clinic and McMaster University are conducting a study for transitional youth with physical disabilities in Kitchener-Waterloo.


Youth individuals with special healthcare needs often lose the quality of care they received as children once they turn 18 years old and must transition to the adult healthcare system.

This study will assess the need for a local program that would aim to help youth individuals with physical disability make the transfer from specialized pediatric care to adult care.


Click here for study advertisment.

Click here for transitional alumnus consent.

Click here for youth & caregiver consent.

Click here for youth under 16 years old consent.


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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?


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.  


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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Your Virtual YMCA

The YMCA is committed to keeping our community healthy and connected. While their physical space may be closed, they still want to show up for our community through online workouts and more.


Please take a moment to explore Your Virtual YMCA.

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Strong Moms, Safe Kids Group

FREE program, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. starting April 8, 2020 and running for 10 weeks.

This program is for:

  •  Mothers who have experienced abuse in intimate relationships.
  •  Their children, ages 4 to 18, who have witnessed abuse in their homes.
  •  Mothers and children living apart from the person who abused them.

See flyer for more details or contact:
Elizabeth Hachborn
phone: 519.884.0000 x240 fax: 519.884.7000
email: ehachborn@kwcounselling.com

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Oh! The Places You'll Go!! workshops

Oh! The Places You'll Go!! workshops on April 7 and April 9. Both evenings cover the same material.


Exploring the transition from school life to adulthood•Learn what a transition plan is•How to create a transition plan•What services and programs are available after high school•Discuss how to get connected in the community and make friends•Explore ways you can lead a fulfilling and happy life.


Please call 519-894-1153 x 2907 or email Shiona at s.niven@dscwr.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited. 

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Lutherwood Youth Job Connection

Are you a youth looking for employment help? Check out what Lutherwood has to offer.

-Youth Job Connection Summer

-Youth Job Connection March Break



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SOAR Transition Planning Program

Are you or your child in grades 7-9 with an LD or ADHD? Are you looking prepare for the changes of high school?

SOAR (Some Assembly Required) Transition Planning Program
Monday @ 7pm – 8:30 pm
5 Sessions: Feb 3-March 9, 2020 *NEW START DATE*
(No sessions Jan 27-highschool exams, and Feb 17-Family Day)

Location: Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
(155 Paisley Street, Guelph, N1H 2P3)

Cost: $200 ($180 for LDAWC members)

• L’s and D’s – understanding your learning disability, your learning style and a model for problem solving
• Tools for success – 3 key areas – daily work, studying and tests, projects and assignments, and ways to approach successfully
• Making Choices for the Future – changes and choices in high school, strategies to stay on top of homework and organizational issues, IEP and accommodations
• Group based learning
• Each participant will get their own workbooks. Concepts taught will be reinforced with games and hands-on activities!

Who: Students grades 7 to 9 with a learning disability or ADHD diagnosis

What: Small group Focus: Increase self advocacy and awareness of student’s disability Program Details: 1.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks, starting Monday January 20, 2020 Find out more: contact Monica at 519-837-2050 or email execdir@ldawc.ca

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