13,000 Adults with Developmental Disabilities Receive Support
What's Happening at WRFN
Autism in High School
Coffee Club Update
Did You Know...
Upcoming Community Events
What's in this issue?
In this issue of Family Pulse we are excited to share that tickets have now went on sale for our upcoming annual fundraiser, Evening of Elegance! Enjoy an elegant evening with friends in the beautiful Centre Stage Lounge at Centre in the Square while tasting delicious wine paired with delectable foods created by ChefD. Purchase your tickets before March 25th to take advantage of the early bird price.
We are also sharing an important announcement from the Ministry of Community and Social Services regarding the elimination of the 2014 Passport waitlist. We also share information about who can support you locally with your Passport funding questions.
Waterloo Region District School Board - Special Education Advisory Update Submitted by Carmen Sutherland
There was discussion of a report from last time that indicated that, according to statistics gathered from a School Board database, that there were zero Special Education students being included in school activities. There was discussion of how this is inaccurate, but that this is probably because the inclusion is not indicated on the students’ IPRC. Various people talked about how parents should be encouraged to have meetings and not just sign the IPRC waiver in order to reflect the inclusion that is happening, whether it is in the school, in the community, or both. Teachers will be asked to be more accurate in their reporting of inclusion.
Next there was discussion of the SEAC Vision, Guiding Principles document, and what the next steps should be. These include a Strategic Planning Working Group, that will develop an actionable plan for the SEAC principles going forward.
Finally, from the Board came a discussion on the budget. There have been increases in many areas, and there is a surplus, but that is used to buy “one-time use” items. The next SEAC meeting is Wednesday, March 8th from 7-9pm.
Waterloo Catholic District School Board - Special Education Advisory Update Submitted by Sue Simpson Sharon Adie and Antonietta Leonardo, Special Education Liaisons with the school board, provided a brief background on their roles. They also shared a presentation providing information on the following trainings: IEPs, Empower, Transition to school, Math, Mental Health and Wellness and the upcoming workshop by DJ Cunningham, IEP Moderation, LD Learner PD Day and Executive Function that staff are participating in. There is a fulsome PD Schedule on Special Education for staff with sessions being offered every six weeks.
An update from the Ministry was provided. The London East Ministry of Education is offering a feedback session on the Provincial Framework for Alternative Programs and Course (K -12) on March 21, 2017.
There was an extensive discussion and a review about SEAC Committee functions regarding Roles and Responsibilities and Information and Knowledge Transfer. We also reviewed updates to the SEAC pamphlet.
Updated plans for the Special Education Parent Engagement Night (April 20) were shared along with a review of the flyer. The event will be hosted at St. Mary’s High School from 6 – 8:30 pm. (See link to this flyer later in this newsletter)
Highlights of the January board meeting were shared by trustees. Association updates were also shared.
The March SEAC meeting was held on March 1. The next SEAC meeting will be on Wednesday, April 5 starting at 6:30 pm.
WRFN was founded by families for families with children with exceptionalities. Through a strong network of parents and an innovative community partnership model, we are the trusted voice of special needs families, offering lifelong support for families and individuals as they navigate the world of special needs. We continually strive to advocate for an accepting and understanding community in which we Educate, Connect and Empower families and individuals.
Ontario will eliminate the 2014 Passport waitlist by the end of next month -- one year ahead of schedule -- providing direct funding for 13,000 adults with developmental disabilities.
Passport is a government program that provides direct funding to adults with developmental disabilities so they can take part in community programs, develop work and daily life skills, hire a support worker and live independently.
When the Passport program was first launched in 2006 it served 1,700 people. Passport now supports more than 19,000 people with developmental disabilities and will continue to grow, supporting an estimated 24,000 recipients by 2017-18.
As the number of eligible people for Passport funding continues to grow, addressing the waitlist is critical to ensuring that people with developmental disabilities across the province receive the supports they need as soon as possible.
Supporting adults with developmental disabilities is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is eliminating the 2014 Passport waitlist, providing 13,000 adults with developmental disabilities with direct funding by the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year.
- Since 2014, Ontario has been transforming and improving developmental services, through a landmark three-year $810 million investment.
- There are an estimated 70,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; close to 20,000 are supported through the Passport direct funding program.
- Ontario currently invests over $2 billion a year on developmental services.
Becky Verdun is the Passport Community Developer for Waterloo Region, and is available to provide free help and advice about Passport funding. If you were recently approved for funding, she would be happy to explain the approval package and funding agreement, and answer any questions. She can also discuss options for administering the funding, what types of supports and services are available to purchase and where to find them, how to make a plan for using your funding, and more!
Contact Becky Verdun at Developmental Services Resource Centre –
519-741-1121 ext. 2226, or by email at email@example.com.
What's Happening at WRFN
Coming Soon to WRFN...
Ask A Self-Advocate
Have you ever wanted to find someone who can help you look at a challenge you are facing with a new perspective? Have you ever wished you could bounce ideas of someone else who can relate to what you or your child is going through? Perhaps Cristina can help. As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome who has mentoring and self-advocacy experience, Cristina would be happy to discuss your concerns and questions. While her personal experience is rooted in Autism Spectrum Disorder, she is happy to meet with anyone with special needs or exceptionalities, or their families, to offer new insight and ideas to help you move forward.
Beginning May 2017
Autism in High School
“Autism in High School” is a new web-based guide to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families as they navigate the transitions and common challenges of high school. This website was developed as a joint initiative between Extend-A-Family, Waterloo Region Family Network, members of the former Autism Services Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Region District School Board, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the University of Waterloo with generous funding from the Sifton Family Foundation.
WRFN receives no government funding. We rely solely on the generosity of our volunteers, donors and community partners.
Coffee Club Update
I cannot believe it is March already! Maybe we will see spring soon! Monday, March 13, 7 to 9 P. M., The Studio (109 Ottawa St., Unit B): We will have another addition of Star Trek, Watch and Chat. Please come ready to discuss Star Trek episodes. Monday, March 27, 7 to 9 P. M., The Studio (109 Ottawa St., Unit B): Making dream catchers, please bring $5 to contribute to supplies. If you have not already done so, please let me know if you plan to attend this session as soon as possible. That way, we have time to shop for whatever supplies are needed.
If for any reason you need to contact me, please use the information below: (519) 500-7153 (Cell Phone) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Even though there is still snow on the ground, all the athletes and volunteers in Cambridge are trying out all sports to get ready for the warmer weather! We have been fortunate to watch our teammates learn and excel at obstacle courses, hopscotch, tennis and noodle floor hockey, and we are excited to play some soccer, basketball and T-ball before the session ends! All our athletes have been getting faster, and stronger, with better balance and great hand-eye coordination. Everyone is jumping higher and throwing farther than we have seen them do yet this year! Even though our group in Cambridge is small this session they have incredible team spirit. All the team wants to remind you of the greatest lesson they have learned so far: When you fall down, YOU GET BACK UP!
- Coach Holly, Cambridge
Did You Know March is... Juvenile Arthritis Month
National Kidney Month
World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st
Upcoming Events in the
Community & Beyond
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 in this newsletter 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 judgement when considering any resource.
Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day Join the Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! Wear your crazy socks and join in for some fun and fellowship with local families. Date: Tuesday, March 21st Time: 5:30-9:00 PM
Location: Maxwell Music House (35 University Ave. E., Waterloo, ON) Reserve your tickets at www.wrdss.ca
Art of Belonging Webcast Event
If you believe in the power of belonging and community, you won’t want to miss this event!
It is a TEDX inspired evening of celebration featuring six passionate presenters from diverse backgrounds sharing their perspectives on the power of belonging and community. Your Waterloo Region Hosts: Planned Lifetime Networks, Bridges to Belonging, Extend-A-Family, New Story Group, KW Habilitation
Register here. Date: March 30, 2017 at 6p.m. Location: The Museum, 10 King St W, Kitchener
Nowruz Afghan New Year's Celebration
Come enjoy entertainment, music, cultural dances and a talent and fashion show in celebration of Nowruz! Everyone is welcome!
Saturday, March 25th, 5-11:00 p.m. at The Family Centre
See the flyer for details.
Forum for Students With Special Needs: From High School to Higher Learning
This interactive discussion will explore the realities of life on campus, how to prepare and what needs to change to improve the experience. Topics will include: Academic Supports, and Campus Life, Preparing for Post-Secondary. Saturday April 29, 2017 at Lazaridis Hall Wilfrid Laurier University. Registration is required.
Autism Ontario - Upcoming Events
Raptors 905 Game - Families are invited to watch the Raptors farm-team take on the Austin Spurs March 13th. Details and registration can be found here.
Cooking Class (Kitchener) - Children with ASD, ages 6-11, are invited to this cooking class on Sunday, March 5th from 10-12pm. Registration is required. Kids Bowling (Kitchener) - Come out to Victoria Bowl to enjoy a few games of bowling on Saturday, April 1st. Registration is required. Trampoline Event (Geulph) - Bring out the whole family for a fun morning at U Air Guelph Trampoline Park in Guelph on March 14th from 6:30-8p.m. Registration is required. Indoor Playground (Guelph) - Families are invited to come out and enjoy Funmazing Play Centre in Guelph on April 9th from 9-10a.m! Registration is required.
Family Swimming (Guelph) - Families are invited to come out for an enjoyable swim at the West End Community Centre on April 8th. Preregistration is required.
KYAC Youth Awards Do you know of a young person between the ages of 14-24 making a difference in our community? Or an adult who is a role model to youth and volunteers their time to support young people?
Please take a few minutes to nominate them for a youth award, recognizing their contributions and acknowledging their efforts are appreciated.
Visit www.kitchener.ca/youthawards to complete your online nomination!
Nominations will be accepted until March 31st, 2017.
Community Living Dances 2017
These dances are sponsored by KW Association for Community Living & City of Kitchener.
All dances are held at the Downtown Community Centre from 7-9:45pm.
March 17 - St. Paddy's Day Dance April 21 – Spring is in the air (Flowers in your hair or shirts) For details and a complete list of dates for 2017 please click here.
Trigator For Kids The TriGator is a kids’ triathlon race with age-appropriate Swim-Bike-Run distances for children between the ages of 3-14.
No previous experience is necessary, just come out and have fun.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Online registration will take place on Saturday, March 4th at 10am. For more information on TriGator, please see their website at www.trigator4kids.com.
Music Therapy Program for Children with ASD
There is a new music therapy program in Cambridge running on Thursday mornings and Wednesday afternoons from April - June.
These programs are for children age 3-5 and 6-12.
Please contact email@example.com for details and registration information.
Guelph Soccer Club/Special Olympics Ontario –
FREE Soccer Clinic Special Olympics Ontario, as part of our Partners In Play initiative, has partnered with the Guelph Soccer Club to offer a new learn to play program and you can try it out for free! The Guelph Soccer Club, in partnership with Special Olympics Ontario, is excited to offer a FREE soccer clinic for youth with an intellectual disability aged 6 to 14.
The clinic will take place on Wednesday, March 8 from 4:00 to 5:00pm at the Guelph Soccer Club (375 College Ave. W, Guelph, ON). To register for this event, please click here.
Upcoming Events at Bulldog Fitness
Bulldog Fitness in Guelph has various programs for all ages. Upcoming events include:
March Break Camp (March 13-17th) – Sports, activities, crafts and more. Ages 3-13.
See times and prices here.
March Mystery Night (March 24th) – Help solve the mystery to unlock the box and claim your prize! Ages 5-13. Find more information here.
See the Bulldog Fitness website for a complete list of programs and events.
Safety for Independent Living Safety for Independent Living is a personal safety course for adults with a developmental disability. Participants will learn skills that empower them to make safe choices, caring and respectful decisions, and work toward the goal of greater independence at home and in the community. Dates: March 15, 22, 29, April 5 Time: 6-8:30 p.m. Location: KW Habilitation – 99 Ottawa St. S, Kitchener Cost: $55 (Passport funding can be used) Register by March 1st by contacting Beck at b.Verdun@dscwr.com/519-741-1121 ext. 2226 OR Will at firstname.lastname@example.org/519-744-6307 ext.1213 If you are interested in the “Safety for Independent Living” program, but this time/date/location does not work for you, please contact Becky at email@example.com or 519-741-1121 ext. 2226 for information about future sessions.
"aspace" brings together high school students wanting to meet peers who also have Aspergers or High Functioning autism. Outings and activities are chosen by participants, and every night is supported by trained university volunteers.
The teens get together year-round, every Saturday night from 7-9pm. Weeks will alternate with hanging out at the club and going out on the town!
To register please see the following link: http://www.welcometoaspace.com/aspaceformcomplete.html
Young Carers Peer Program
If you are a Young Carer between the age of 12 to 17 join us for an evening opportunity to connect with other young carers that share similar experiences.
No RVSP is required, just drop in! Young Carers are children, youth, and young adults who experience an alteration in our family role, as a result of another family member's exceptional need or unique family situation. Click here to see the flyer.
To join text Julie @ 519‐501‐9736 or email Julie.
To learn more about young carers visit www.youngcarersproject.ca
Sensory Thursdays at SkyZone Every Thursday from 4-5pm SkyZone will be offering a “Sensory Thursday” jumping time for jumpers with special needs.
The music will be turned down and they will minimize distractions.
$15 per jumper, with one free “chaperone” for support.
See their webpage here.
Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
Our Place has shared their March calendar. Check out all the great programs they have running throughout the Region.
PEEPS Cooking Crew (14+) - This is an opportunity to work toward cooking independence while building skills and engaging with peers. Each participant will be responsible for completing a specific portion of our meal. Every week will be an opportunity to try something new. This program begins September 20, 2016. Registration is ongoing.
Check out the Program Menu. PEEPS Friday Night Social Program! (14+) - Enjoy meeting new people, kicking back and having some fun! The program runs on the third Friday of every month from January to June, 6:30-8:30pm. See the flyer here.
To find out more about Light House visit their website or contact them at: www.lighthouseprograms.com Lighthouseprograms@gmail.com or 226-338-2681
Open Space presented by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Open Space is a weekly gathering that promotes inclusion within the community by getting people together at a cafe for food, fun and conversation. In addition to weekly coffee and conversation, with the support of facilitators, attendees plan special events such as Halloween parties, and Open Mic Nights. All are welcome regardless of ability, and you do not need to be supported by Extend-A-Family to attend.
For more information click here.
Open Space in Waterloo is held at Games on Tap at 321 Weber Street N, Waterloo. For more information, contact Matt Riehl by e-mail at EAF or call 519-741-0190 ext 300
Firefly Therapy Services - Spring Session
Eat, Cook and Mingle Tween.: This fun group is targeted for children in grades 7 and 8 who want to learn cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it.
Eat, Cook and Mingle! Teen: Come join us for an evening of Cooking, Eating and Mingling! This fun group is targeted for teens who want to learn cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it!
Swimming Lessons: Firefly Therapy Services swimming program provides an opportunity for children to learn important basic swimming skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Music Therapy: Each sessions is customized to each clients strength’s, challenges and treatment goals.
Playtime Academy Jr: Playtime Academy Jr. is a fun and engaging group for children aged 3-7 who require additional support learning how to interact and play appropriately with peers, and toys.
Playtime Academy: Playtime Academy is a fun and engaging group for children 4-7 who require additional support learning how to interact and play appropriate with their peers. Social Crusaders: Social Crusaders introduces Superflex® and the Team of Unthinkables® to teach self-monitoring and social skills to learners. Ages 8-12.
Here's a message from Matt at the Resource Centre, "The Resource Centre at KidsAbility exists for you. Anyone in our community is welcome to use our services. Our mission is to connect the community with resources, knowledge and support to help empower families, educators, children and youth with special needs, to realize their full potential.
There is a Resource Centre at our Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and waterloo sites. We have many therapy-related games, toys, books, and equipment available for loan. Additionally, we have a therapy store on-site that individuals may purchase therapy aids to help with fine and gross motor skills, and sensory oral motor difficulties. To become a member of Resource Centre, visit any of our sites and asks reception! There is a $5 annual membership fee.
If you have any questions about KidsAbility’s services and resources, other community resources, require information on a topic or are interested in BoardMaker training, you can schedule an appointment to meet with Matt Seeley, Resource Centre Coordinator at any of our sites by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (519-886-8886 x1415)."
Do you have Passport funding?
For free help and advice on: -What is available to you -Where to find supports to purchase -How to spend your funding Contact Becky Verdun, the Passport Community Developer for Waterloo Region,
at Developmental Services Resource Centre – 519-741-1121 ext. 2226,
or by email at email@example.com.
FASD Caregiver Consultations
Families and service providers can have a chance to sit 1:1 with our FASD Project Coordinators to ask questions and learn more about: - Diagnosis
- Financial Supports
- Parenting Strategies
- Recreational Opportunities
- Ideas for School
- Community Resources
When: Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month. No appointment necessary. Just drop in. Where: 99 Regina Waterloo Rm 208 (Waterloo Region Public Health)
Find the flyer here.
Waterloo Region FASD Caregiver Support Group
The Waterloo Region FASD Caregiver Support Group gathers at Lutherwood (285 Benjamin Rd.) the second Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm.
For more information please contact Karen Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preemie POWWR Chat and Play Groups
Join other moms and dads of children born prematurely, talk openly about your questions and concerns amongst a group who understands. Bring your children along for interaction with other preemies at different stages. Upcoming Play Groups: February 11 and March 11th
9:45-11:45 at Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre, Kitchener
Contact Carolyn at email@example.com to learn about special events going on in the community and across Canada.
Community Mental Health Support Groups for Family & Friends General Mental Health Support Group - 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8pm at Grand River Hospital (KW Site) Addiction and Mental Health Support Group - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8pm at Grand River Hospital (Freeport Site)
Both groups are continuous and members can join anytime!
Please click here for more details.
Woolwich Counselling Groups & Workshops Glad to Be Me – A fun-filled children’s program that promotes self-esteem & self-worth for children age 4-7.
See the Glad to Be Me flyer for a list of dates the class is being offered in 2016/2017. No Need to Fret – This program provides successful strategies to help anxious children age 7-10 cope with fears and worries.
See the No Need to Fret flyer for a list of dates the program is being offered in 2016/2017. Mindfulness Adult Workshop - This 6 week course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed and focused you. Details for this workshop can be found here. There are also a variety of topics being covered in the Talk Series. Please see the Talk Series flyer for details.
Tick Talk Tourette Group
Anyone that is impacted by Tourette Syndrome (and associated disorders – OCD, ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing, etc.) is welcome.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30th, at Extend-A-Family
For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Groups for Adults with ASD (19+) and Parents/Caregivers of Adults with ASD (19+)
Groups run separately, but are held at the same time. Upcoming Dates: March 9th Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Extend-A-Family, 91 Moore Avenue, Kitchener
Parking and Entrance at back of building Cost: Free
The A-Team Waterloo Region
The A-Team 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 Aspergers Syndrome, discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity. This program is open for adults 19+ who are either diagnosed or self-identify with Asperger's Syndrome and who are seeking support. The program welcomes individuals who are able to function at a vocational level. Meeting Dates: March 16th, April 20th Time: 7:30pm Location: KW Habilitation
RSVP is required to email@example.com
A-Team also has a new website! It has information about the group including a group description, FAQ page, and participant code of conduct. Check it out here.
Home Caregiver Support Program Supporting the Caregiver in your Time of Need
This program is designed to train, educate and peer mentor you, the non-professional caregiver, as you provide care for your loved one on their end-of-life journey.
STROKE RECOVERY CANADA® a program of March of Dimes Canada
Linking Survivors with Survivors is a peer support initiative providing free hospital visits to stroke patients and their families and friends wishing to connect with fellow survivors. For further information please contact: Barbara Moore, Community Co-ordinator 1-866-380-0758 ext 263 or 519-579-5530 ext 263
APSGO - Association of Parent Support Groups in Ontario
Kitchener/Waterloo Chapter www.apsgo.ca
APSGO is a non-profit, non-denominational group that meets once a week. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:45pm
at The Rock Spa, 396-B Victoria St. N. Kitchener.
APSGO works with parents of acting-out youth to offer support, strength and coping strategies on a wide range of issues.
Chapter Leader: Steve Keczem
519-888-1053 or 1-800-488-5666
For more information click here.
CADDAC Educational Events
ADHD Parent Readiness Education Program - ADHD PREP is a comprehensive 12-hour program geared to parents of newly diagnosed children and adolescents with ADHD, and to parents wishing to upgrade their knowledge on the more complex aspects of ADHD including ADHD and learning, executive functioning and self and mood regulation. Treatment options, parenting strategies and advocacy skills will also be covered. The event will take place Saturday, March 18th to Sunday, March 19th at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto. Please see the ADHD Prep flyer for details.
ADHD Treatment – Webinar - Myths and hype regarding ADHD treatment and management, often leads to confusion. This presentation will help clarify what the evidence says, what the guidelines teach, what tools to use, and what families and individuals with ADHD need to know to improve overall quality of life. The webinar will take place March 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Register here. Adolescent and Adult ADHD - A full day of presentations geared to adolescents, their parents, adults, their families and medical professionals. The workshop will take place on April 09, 2017, 9 am to 3:45 pm at the Japanese Canadian Cultural, Toronto.
Please see the Adolescent and Adult ADHD flyer for details.
Kids in Balance – A self-regulation group with OT Tara Embrey
Kids in Balance is a self-regulation group with OT Tara Embrey. Children will discover which tools help them feel calm and better cope with life’s ups and downs. Each child will leave with a personalized ‘tool box’ of strategies and a mindfulness CD.
Find out more about Kids in Balance here.
Building Community Capacity for Positive Youth Development
The Building Community Capacity for Positive Youth Development Training of Trainers will equip you with tools and strategies to effectively deliver workshops and development activities in your community.
April 5th and 6th, 2017. Cost: $350
Location: The Family Centre (65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener)
Details and registration information can be found here.
Five Ways to Wellbeing: Changing the Conversation on Mental Health
The Waterloo Region Mental Health Work Group is hosting a half-day workshop to:
1) Examine how the Five Ways to Wellbeing can be implemented in local organizations;
2) Discuss potential challenges to implementation; and
3) Identify resources required for successful implementation
Date: Tue, 21 March 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Kingsdale Community Centre, 80 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener
Be sure to register by Thursday March 16, 2017, as space is limited!
Special Education Parent Engagement Night
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board SEAC is inviting you to come learn about the different supports available to all (K-12) students with special needs. When: April 20th, 6-8:30 Where: St. Mary's High School (1500 Block Line Road, Kitchener)
Click here for registration information and details.
FASD: Facts and Strategies
This presentation is designed to provide foundational knowledge essential when working with individuals who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol. Participants will gain insight and better understanding how FASD impacts every day life. Participants will also be equipped with practical strategies to support people with FASD.
Date: May 8th, 2017
Exploring the Wonder of Learning Community of Practice Join likeminded individuals in facilitated dialogue around the Reggio approach to early learning and experiences with the Wonder of Learning exhibit. This CoP provides continuous opportunities for collaborative learning that is strengthened by relationships and supported by a culture of reflection. When: April 10, 6-8p.m. Where: Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre Exploring the Wonder of Learning Community of Practice flyer
Oh! The Place You'll Go!! Exploring the transition from school life to adulthood you will learn what a transition plan is, how to create one, and what services and programs are available after high school. There are two dates to choose from, both cover the same material.
Tuesday, April 11th at St. Benedict's Catholic Secondary School or
Wednesday, April 12th at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
Details can be found here.
Facilitating Connections - What is Independent Facilitation? Register for the upcoming workshop "Facilitating Connections" to learn more about independent facilitation, and how facilitators support people to lead a good life embedded in community.
Locations are in Guelph and Oakville.
Find out more here or by visiting www.facilitationwellingtondufferin.ca/
Sleep and Your New Baby
Get to know more about your baby's sleep cycle and how to respond. A free session for parents of newborns from birth to 12 weeks of age. You may bring a family member or friend for support.
Offered at your Ontario Early Years Centre in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.
Reserve your spot today at www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-sessions.
University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science
The University of Waterloo School of Optomertry is looking for individuals with ASD between the ages of 18- 40 to participate in their computer-based tests to measure vision sensitivity toward moving objects.
Your participation involves a one-time visit of approximately 2 hours.
In appreciation for your time, you will receive $ 40.
For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact:
Asmaa Bakroon, Optometry Department and Vision Science,
Waterloo University at:
226 978 0424 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Social Development Lab at the University of Waterloo is currently looking for children that are 7 years old to contribute to a study in which they are examining how children’s personalities influence the way they manage their attention and emotion in a variety of situations. The purpose of this study is to examine temperament (i.e., shyness vs. sociability) as a key factor in understanding which types of strategies best support children’s abilities to self-regulate behaviour and emotion over time.
If you would like to participate, or are interested in learning more you can contact them by email or fill out the online form.
Sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders: Treatment barriers and facilitators
Did you know that between 50-95% of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) have behavioural sleep problems? Common NDDs include Attention‐Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and Cerebral Palsy (CP).
A study is being conducted through Dalhousie University to help researchers learn how to increase families' access to effective treatments for sleep problems in kids with neurodevelopmental disorders. The study is looking to hear from parents that have children between the age of 4-12 and health care professionals.
To learn more about these opportunities please see the summary for parents or the summary for health care professionals.
Respite Workers and Parents Needed to Participate in Research Study
Who? Respite workers and parents/guardians of children with intellectual disabilities who are proficient in the English language and are over the age of 18. Note: Children must have received respite care within the past 12 months. What? Participation in a 1-1.5 hour study involving questionnaires and a focus group. Focus groups may take place at the University of Guelph, in a location in the community, or within a respite organization’s facility. Why? We would like to learn more about your thoughts and feedback regarding a Caregiver Pain Resource for children with intellectual disabilities. We want to develop a resource that facilitates communication between parents and respite
workers so that pain assessment and management of children in their care can be improved. See the Recruitment Poster for more information or contact Lara Genik via phone: 519-824-4120 Ext 52342 or Email email@example.com with any questions or to register.
Help is needed to care for two daughters, 2 yrs old and 10 months old who have seizure disorder. Mom is currently at home with the girls but is in need of a nanny/support worker who can assist in the home approximately 6-20 hours a week. Responsibilities include: basic care for both girls, supervised playtime, light housekeeping, assisting mom with G-Tube feeding (training will be provided), and assisting during emergency situations. Please contact Hilde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nanny Opportunity Help is needed for before/after school, PD days, holidays and summer. During the school year it would be approximately 20 hours a week. Duties include diapering, feeding, dressing, light house keeping and meal preparation. Location is in Kitchener close to Victoria street. If you are interested please contact Marlene at email@example.com.