Believe in a community where everyone belongs? Be a #ChampionForBelonging at WALK-OR-WHEEL 2017! On Sunday October 1st, from 9:30 am -1 pm, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is hosting our largest fundraiser of the year. Raise funds, walk, run or wheel in support of inclusion and belonging for people with disabilities and their families. Guest host – KW’s own champion […]

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How Direct Support is more than just support

How Direct Support is more than just support While many of our blog posts tend to be about our Community Development team moving and shaking throughout Waterloo Region, we have some pretty incredible things going on behind the scenes. For example, one of the biggest roles Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region fills in our community is resource navigation. Our […]

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Neighbour’s Day and Ball Hockey!

Our 4th Annual Ball Hockey Tournament is now a part of Neighbour’s Day! In partnership with the City of Kitchener, Stanley Park Community Association, and Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, and with support from Catch The Fire Kitchener, Ball Hockey will be bigger and better than ever. Oh, and this year, it’s FREE to play! EAFWR’s Ball Hockey […]

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Breakdown of Rate Changes

Effective April 1, 2017, our rate charges are changing. The first change involves the charge rate when you choose to have an Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Direct Support Person. When you choose to have an EAFWR Direct Support Person, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region becomes the employer of your Direct Support Person, and takes on certain responsibilities in […]

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A Community for All: The Art of Belonging

Here in Waterloo Region, we have many people, places, organizations and initiatives all vested  in a single, shared dream – a Waterloo Region where all experience a warm, inviting sense of belonging. If I were to name only a few, like House of Friendship’s John Neufeld, along with his dedicated Board members, staff and volunteers […]

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Autism Direct Funding (ADF) Applications – NOW AVAILABLE

Autism Direct Funding is granted through a joint initiative between Developmental Services Resource Centre (DSRC) and Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR). Families may be eligible to receive up to $500 in funding (e.g. for summer camp fees, 1:1 support, respite or a skill development program).  Applications are considered based on equitable criteria and funding is not […]

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If inclusion means everyone, why not ME?

From Community Living Ontario: If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not ME? If inclusion means everyone, why not ME? In partnership, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education, Community Living Ontario,University of Western Ontario, Brock University, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement and Inclusive Education Canada are conducting a survey on the experiences of […]

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How to Start Living Acceptance

Start Living Acceptance – an interview An interview between Daniel and Ryan, written by Daniel – Special to Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region When not involved in music therapy, one of my roles is that of a Direct Support Person for Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.  One of my favorite parts of this position is the chance to meet and […]

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Direct Support Person Bulletin- December 2016

December’s Direct Support Person Bulletin is here!   The winter months are here. What better time to join in a community swim + potluck, pick up an activity bag, or just celebrate the holidays with good people. Thank you for being tremendous supports for all of the people in your life. Click here to read and […]

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Sibshop – November 5, 2016

Join us on Saturday November 5, 2016 for Sibshop! In partnership with YMCA, Z beside the Y, Kerry’s Place and Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, Sibshop is a fun workshop for brothers and sisters of a sibling with a developmental disability to learn what their loved ones needs are. Light refreshments and snacks provided for all those attending. […]

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