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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.



Family Pulse-October 2022

October is here! 


Inside the October issue of Family Pulse, you will find information on:


SEAC Updates

Thoughts Leading up to World Mental Health Day

What's Happening at WRFN

Family Event

Erin's EarlyON Drop-Ins

A New Chapter

Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download the PDF here. 

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Plexus-A network of FASD supports and service in our community

This services of the Plexus team are available for children, youth and families living with (potential) FASD up until the age of 18 or 21 and still attending school. You must reside in the Waterloo Region.


For more information, please visit Plexus at www.plexusfasd.ca or email [email protected]


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Family Alliance Ontario-Membership Renewal & AGM

On behalf of Family Alliance Ontario, we would like to remind everyone that it is time to renew your membership. The membership form can be filled online on the website. If you are not yet a member but would like to be, please view the Family Alliance Ontario Accord. To learn more about FAO, please check out our website.


Please contact: [email protected] for further information.


Save the date for Family Alliance Ontario's Annual General Meeting. It will be held Saturday, October 29 at 10am until 12:30pm through Zoom. If you are an FAO member, updates will be shared via email.


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Feeling Isolated? Friendly Connection is here to help

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Employer Forum Series

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) invites you to attend our upcoming webinar series. This 4-part series will bring together employers, employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability, employment agencies, labour market analysts, researchers and other subject matter experts from across the country to present and discuss the various impacts and implications of inclusive employment. Each webinar will consist of a panel presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers.


Forum 1: Corporate Leadership – How to innovate through inclusive hiring

Tuesday October 4th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Costco, Auticon, DHL and EY


Forum 2: The Future of Work and Emerging Employment Opportunities

Wednesday October 5th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Statistics Canada, Specialisterne and SCE LifeWorks


Forum 3: Diversity and Inclusive Hiring in the E-Commerce, Manufacturing, & Logistics Sectors

Thursday October 6th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Amazon and Sephora


Forum 4: From Jobs to Careers - Exploring Career Advancement

Wednesday October 12th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Ference and Company, Gateway Associates and Avalon Employment


This webinar is for:

  • Employers of all sizes and industries; it will be particularly relevant to executives, managers, human resources, and hiring managers;
  • Employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability;
  • Employment agencies looking for more information on how best to support clients;
  • Anyone interested in advancing workplace inclusion is also encouraged to attend!

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided in each session. Sessions will be in English only. A recording of the webinar series will be available in French shortly after.


To register, click here.

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