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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.

Statement by Minister Jaczek

Release of the Select Committee on Developmental Services' Final Report 
July 22, 2014

Today, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, issued the following statement:

“I would like to acknowledge the work of the committee and thank all of the individuals and organizations that made submissions to help shape the report.

Our government is committed to helping meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families and we will take the time necessary to consider the findings and recommendations in the report.

We followed the proceedings of the Select Committee closely from the beginning. We recognized the needs expressed in the submissions and saw an opportunity to take immediate action in several key areas.

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,

Elmer's Signature

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.

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