Breaking through barriers for workers
who have children with special needs

Welcome to Special Needs and Moving On Projects!

Special Needs & Moving On projectsThe 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.

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Introducing A New Way to Enjoy Member to Member Connection

The CUPW’s Member to Member Connection newsletter is getting an exciting new online look.

Every family has their own inspiring story. For the last several years, I have had the privilege of working with Gail Holdner of the Special Needs and Moving On Projects to help bring these stories to you in the Member to Member Connection newsletter. Informative, engaging, and inspiring, these stories are important not simply to those directly involved, but to every person who shares their experiences, whether parent, child, or friend.

That’s why we are introducing a new digital home for the Member to Member Connection newsletter.

The new digital edition of the newsletter gives you the same great stories you’re used to in a unique way that delights as well as entertains. Available on any device from desktop computer to smartphone, you’ll be able to read the latest issue, browse past editions, view photo galleries and share individual stories.

I hope this revamped online edition not only continues the conversation sparked by the families featured in each issue, but also helps to build the community that surrounds the Special Needs and Moving On projects. Look for it online soon. Welcome to the next Connection.

Matt Dusenbury
Web Designer

Ready Willing and Able Update

Ready Willing and Able (RWA) is a national initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living and Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance and their member organizations. Now in its third year, this federally funded pilot project strives to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

RWA focuses on the creation of ‘demand’ rather than ‘supply’. RWA focuses on the employer - informing them about the fact that persons with an intellectual disability or ASD make excellent employees and can fill regularly occurring vacancies. A key role of RWA is to dispel some of the common misconceptions while raising awareness about the business benefits of inclusive hiring.

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Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Program Evaluation Update – Special Needs and Moving On Projects

CDSBy the time you read this issue, members in both projects will have completed the evaluation questionnaire with their advisors.

The CCDS Project Team is currently analyzing the questionnaire data and preparing to conduct in-depth interviews with union representatives, project staff, advisors, and a Family Place representative.

The CCDS Project Team will analyze the data from the SNP and MO questionnaires, the interviews and additional project data to identify project strengths, areas for improvement, and a vision to better meet the needs of members who have sons and daughters with special needs and disabilities.

In October 2017 the CCDS Project Team will prepare a final report for the union. We look forward to sharing a summary of the key findings both online and through this newsletter.

CUPW and the CCDS Project Team appreciate all of the members, advisors and project staff in your individual and collective effort in working with us to learn how – together – we can make these projects better for everyone!

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