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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.

 


 

Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter

Autism Ontario has shared their October 2018 Adult Newsletter.

 

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, Opportunities & Research
    • Women on the Spectrum: A Discussion
    • Autism & 90-90-90: Reaching the Goal
    • CBC Casting Call for Documentary Series
    • Autism Job Club's 2nd Annual Conference "Hire Higher" coming in November!
    • CAMH Offering Free Mindfulness Groups
    • ASD Peer Support Group - East Region
    • Developmental Services Information Fair
  • On Employment
    • Paid Co-Op Placements Offered
    • Movati Athletic is hiring in Burlington!
  • Community
    • Hundreds of thousands of women may be going undiagnosed because it's a 'male' disorder"
    • Call for community voices
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Free Mindfulness Groups

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has been researching how to support parents and adults on the autism spectrum. As part of this research, they are holding a free web-based mindfulness group for parents and their adult sons and daughters on the autism spectrum to participate in together to learn ways to cope with stress.

 

Groups will run for 6 weeks on Wednesdays.

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30pm (log-on at 6:45pm)

Dates: November 7, 14 & 21, December 5,12 and 19, 2018

 

If this is something you might be interested in learning more about, please complete the form and send it to Brianne Redquest at brianne.redquest@camh.ca.

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The A-Team - October 2018 Newsletter

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

 

You can find out what's happening at A-Team in their October 2018 Newsletter.

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Autism Speaks is donating 500 tablets in partnership with Samsung Canada!

Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung Canada have teamed up to donate 500 tablets to families living with autism and organizations that support them.

 

Apply between October 1 – October 31, 2018 at www.samsung.com/thelovespectrum.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Canadian residents.
  • Individuals with a diagnosis of ASD
  • Organizations supporting individuals with ASD.
  • Do not currently have a touch device.

If you have any questions, please email lookatme@autismspeakscan.ca

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Autism Ontario - "Waterloo Stars" Adaptive Soccer Program

Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club.  Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!

 

The WMCS's Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team. 

 

For this event, Autism Ontario will have full and private use of indoor field for 1 hour weekly. The Waterloo Minor Soccer Club will provide team jerseys, shorts, socks and a ball for the children with ASD. 

 

Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game. 

 

**Parents must participate with their children on the field**

 

The program runs October 13 to December 15 from 3-4pm

 

To learn more about this opportunity or to register please click here.

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Autism Ontario - School IEP Parent Workshop

Do you have questions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)? 

 

Join Autism Ontario for a three part IEP focused workshop, lead by Sue McDermid, Autism Ontario's Central West Family Support Coordinator. 

 

The webinars will feature Ed Mahony, Special Education Teacher, and focus on helping parents get the most out of the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) process. These interactive webinars focused on the next steps after your child's team has met to discuss educational outcomes.  Discussion will follow after each webinar.

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

 

CBI Home Health, 630 Weber St., Suite 200, Waterloo, ON N2V 2N2.

 

Pre-registration is required. Register here.

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A Team - September 2018 - Newsletter

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

 

You can find out what's happening at A-Team in their September 2018 Newsletter.

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Ask A Self-Advocate Program... Coming November 2018

Building on the pilot project that was run in 2017, Cristina will be reintroducing the Ask A Self-Advocate Program at WRFN later this fall. If you would like to talk to someone else who understands what it is like to live with exceptionalities, or you wish to look at a challenge you are facing with a new perspective, this program might be a good fit for you. Once again, Cristina is happy to share her lived experience as an adult individual with an ASD. This program in open to individuals with disabilities, their families, or professional supports. Booking details will be made available in October, and the program will run on Mondays beginning in November.

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Time for Brothers & Sisters

Hosted by Developmental Services Resource Centre - Waterloo Region, Time for Brothers and Sisters is a 6 week group for siblings of youth with autism. This group will be co-facilitated by an Autism Behaviour Consultant and Social Worker.

 

Details

Youth, ages 11-14 will meet others who have similar experiences and challenges, in a supportive, fun environment that will encourage sharing.

 

When

The group will run Thursday evenings, from 5:00-6:30pm, out of the Sunbeam location. The group will start October 4th.

 

The group is free but a referral and registration are required. To make a referral please call 519-741-1121

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Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter - August 2018

Autism Ontario's adult newsletter provides adult-specific information from all over Ontario. In the August newsletter you can find information pertaining to:

  • news, opportunities and research
  • employment
  • community

Read the August 2018 newsletter here.

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