Access Waterloo Region
Each year nine community agencies, including the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Waterloo Region District School Board work in partnership to provide and promote the publication of the Access Waterloo Region Booklet and organize an Information Evening in April for people with disabilities. In April 2008 the Committee also launched a website to help make information and resources more accessible. This information, as well as additional links, are available for online viewing, downloading and printing at www.accesswaterlooregion.ca.
The intent of the website is to promote the great resources within Waterloo Region and to make the information concerning those resources within the booklet more accessible. This website is the first step in creating a unique resource for the Region of Waterloo for those living, working or supporting someone with a disability. It offers an easy way to search for options and make decisions about programs that may meet needs and interests.
The Access Waterloo Region Booklet is divided into 9 sections as follows:
Section 1 – Advocacy and Supports
These groups provide assistance, mutual support and information to individuals with disabilities,
their families and service providers. Advocacy work often focuses on raising public awareness
about disability-related issues.
Section 2 – Education
Life-long formalized learning supports commencing at birth.
Section 3 – Financial Assistance
Financial supports that can assist individuals and their families with costs associated with disabilities.
Section 4 – Health
Specialized mental and physical health programs for people with disabilities, including therapy and counselling services.
Section 5 – Personal Care and In-Home Supports
Personal support services to those who require assistance with the activities of daily living.
Section 6 – Recreation
Year-round recreation and social activities within the community which are specialized and/or inclusive for individuals with disabilities.
Section 7 – Respite and Residential Programs
Respite Services provide temporary relief to families and individuals from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member who has a disability.
A variety of community based residential services exist for people who have disabilities and need alternate supported living arrangements..
Section 8 – Transportation
Specialized/adaptive transportation for people with disabilities.
Section 9 – Work, Day Programs and Volunteer Supports
Programs that assist adults who have disabilities to participate in community, volunteering and obtaining employment, including specialized day programs.
To view the complete 2012 version go to: http://accesswaterlooregion.ca/admin/sources/editor/assets/pdfs_documents/AWR2012_final.pdf