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Special Needs & Moving On projects

The Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.

Hey Kids!

Now that school is out for the summer, what do you plan on doing? Do you play any summer sports? I like playing soccer and baseball. But before I hit the field, I always make sure that I am wearing the proper equipment.

Be smart and be safe,

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Sending your child with special needs to camp

You've decided to send your child with special needs to camp this summer. But that's just the firsTentt step - you can choose a camp designed just for kids with special needs or a mainstream camp where your child will be with kids without special needs. Once that's decided, what can you do to get ready?

Preparing Your Child and Yourself

If you haven't visited the camp, get as much information about it as possible, including a description of the layout and a video, if the camp has one, and go over these with your child.

Tell your child that you'll be checking in regularly with the camp staff and stress that he or she can always let them know if his or her needs aren't being met. Offer reassurance that you and the camp staff will take every precaution to make sure that all kids play safe.

Talk about the benefits of attending camp and what some of your child's goals might be, such as to try a new sport, make new friends, or just enjoy a break from doctors' appointments and therapy sessions.

When kids are intimidated by the thought of attending a residential camp or an inclusionary camp, parents might consider starting them in a day camp or a sports team for kids with special needs. This can give them the skills and confidence they need to feel comfortable about going to a residential camp.

Announcing changes to the Special Needs and Moving On projects

butterfly logo 400   Starting in September 2014 the following changes will take effect:

  • The Special Needs project will cover children up to and including the month they turn 18 years old.*
  • The Moving On project will cover children after their 18th birthday.

Why are we making changes to the age of eligibility?

We recognize that it is challenging for parents of a child with special needs to find appropriate supports as their child moves into the adult world. The move to adult services happens at age 18 in some provinces and 19 in others. It is important that the planning process start long before the child becomes an adult. We think that the support services that Moving On advisors can offer better assists members in the transition for their children to adult support.

When will this change take effect?

This will come into effect September 2014. Prior to September 2014 any existing member whose child is 18 should contact the Project office if they would like to transfer their child to the Moving On project.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

*Currently children are covered until their 19th birthday.

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