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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.



WRFN-IEP Workshop

To register, email [email protected]

Leah Bowman at 9:24 AM
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Recreational Respite-Workshops & Fall Programming

RECreating Capacity Workshop

Fostering a culture of participation has been at the core of what we do in both our one to one supports and group programs, since 2008. Building capacity through collaborative work has been extensive at Recreational Respite with community partnerships across the globe that promote recreation, connectivity, inclusion, and social health. These collaborations have created a unique interdependence that moves away from the myth that we rely on only one source to provide meaningful relationships between the people we support and the services we offer. This multi-strategic approach broadens impact, builds, and strengthens a unique team culture, elevates sustainability, creates consistency, and produces measurable outcomes.



Here are some suggestions and targeted groups.

  • Caregivers (family caregivers)
  • Volunteers
  • Students
  • Other professionals (personal support workers, respite workers etc.)

This workshop strives to identify several fundamentals of recreation programs and its capacities and is a suggested start to any of our other workshops.

  • Deliver sustainable, inclusive recreation programs
  • Identify gaps in program services
  • Create opportunities to implement recreation in a variety of capacities
  • Develop programs that encourage cross cultural skills and celebrates diversity
  • Promote positive interactions among participants
  • Build a culture of participation
  • Reduce isolation, promote social health and connectivity

For more information or to sign up your team or group: [email protected]


'Soft Skills' Workshops

Young Adult (Ages 16+)

Our young adults virtual group programs aim to provide independent skill mastery that cultivate and promote self-care, healthy relationships, leadership skills and explore various topics that address transition and change. Each workshop is inclusive and creates opportunities to promote healthy avenues of independence and job readiness.

Program costs are $20 per program session.
Duration is 1 hour.
Registration is required.


Leah Bowman at 8:50 AM
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NEW Program Launch-VILA (Virtual Inclusive Learning Academy)

We are excited to share with you that we have launched a new program, called VILA (Virtual Inclusive Learning Academy). VILA is an Online Campus and part of DANI Toronto Day Program.


VILA offers interactive online courses with focus on pre-employment and vocational training, academic development and engaging social opportunities.


We are currently accepting new students for the Fall 2022 session which will begin on October 11th, 2022.


Visit our website at https://vila.dani-toronto.com/  to learn more about what we offer and how to register.


VILA would be a great opportunity for individuals who have just graduated from high school, for those who currently are not attending in-person programs, or those who enjoy learning from the comfort of their home. 



Leah Bowman at 8:39 AM
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ECHO Ontario Mental Health Fall 2022 Programming

ECHO is a virtual, interactive education and capacity building model that supports healthcare providers in delivering high quality, evidence-based mental health and addictions care in their local communities.


The ECHO Program on Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) is back this fall. The 6-week AIDD ECHO takes place on Fridays, 9:30 am to 11:00 am EST. Read about it and the other CAMH ECHO Mental Health Programs here. 


To register, click here.


Leah Bowman at 8:23 AM
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Last Call for Family Caregivers to Join our Offline Course on COVID and Health!

Registration ends soon for our offline family course on COVID and health. A video link will be emailed to you each week for 6 weeks that you can watch at your leisure. Learn about the My COVID Check-In Tool as a way to improve health care communication, how to "expand the menu” by helping our loved ones with a developmental disability rebuild meaningful activities and routines, and strategies to balance taking care of one’s own needs as a caregiver with caregiving demands.


To learn more, email Laura at [email protected] or complete this form.

Leah Bowman at 8:18 AM
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