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Better Nights, Better Days online program

Leah Bowman at 10:40 AM
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Recreational Respite-Exciting Group Programs and Holiday Office Closure (Dec 20-Jan 3, 2022)

Virtual group programs have been developed in partnership with our participants to address a variety of interests, skill practice, goals and outcomes that promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity. Visit our website for the December virtual group program calendar, for Children and Youth and Young Adults!


To register, click here.


For more information, register or program descriptions, please call 1-877-855-7070 or email us at [email protected] 


Recreational Respite will be closing our offices from December 20, 2021 - January 3, 2022, for a much needed break.

Leah Bowman at 10:34 AM
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Re-opening of Sunbeam Kids Hub, Children’s Respite Program

Click here to read all the details about the re-opening of the Sunbeam Kids Hub on December 1, 2021.

Leah Bowman at 10:29 AM
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Be part of the FamilyHome Program at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region

Watch this video of how you can impact another person's life by inviting them into your life and home at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region FamilyHome program.

Leah Bowman at 9:25 AM
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Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion-An Overview for Individuals, Family & Caregivers

Please join us for a presentation about Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion, the government of Ontario’s plan to reform developmental services. The plan is centred on a vision where people with developmental disabilities are supported by their communities, support networks and government to belong and live inclusive lives, where they are empowered to make choices and live as independently as possible through supports that are person-directed, equitable and sustainable.


Learn more about the plan and ask your questions in a live Q&A with Directors from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).

Presentation by:

Laura Summers

Director of the Community and Developmental Services Policy Branch, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)


Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 12pm - REGISTRATION FORM
Session for Individuals with a Developmental Disability


Wednesday November 18, 2021 at 12pm - REGISTRATION FORM
Session for Caregivers and Families


Lundi 22 novembre 2021, à 12 h | Présentation en français - FORMULAIRE D’INSCRIPTION







Leah Bowman at 9:54 AM
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