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.


Resource Guide: Special Education Navigation Tool

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The Resource Guide: Special Education Navigation Tool is an online searchable PDF document. It supports parents and guardians of children with special needs to more easily navigate the public education system in their province or territory.

Having access to information about programs and services will better support parents/guardians to ensure their child has access to a truly inclusive education.

To use the guide parents/guardians simply navigate to their province or territory to find key information about what their school age child is entitled to:

  • Transportation to school
  • Definition of inclusive education
  • Individual program plans and how they work
  • Suspension and expulsion processes
  • Parental rights
  • Alternatives to a school diploma
  • Transition planning
  • Other community supports and programs for school age children

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives created this guide for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees.

(You can search this document using the find or search tools within your PDF reader).

pdfResource Guide-Special-Education-Navigation-Tool.pdf

Special education policies across Canada need update, renewal: report


JULY 8, 2015

Special education policies across Canada need update, renewal: report

OTTAWA—The majority of special education policies in place across Canada are more than 10 years old and out of step with current practices around inclusive education, says a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The report, by disability rights researcher Helena Towle, provides a general picture of special education policies across Canada, including how inclusive education is defined, the policy in how inclusive education is implemented, and how funding is allocated to students with disabilities.

Canada has no federal legislation protecting a child with a disability’s right to inclusive education, because education comes under provincial and territorial jurisdiction. Although every province and territory has some form of policy on inclusive education, they vary widely from one another in how they define inclusion, how they put inclusive education into practice, and how they fund it.

Autism Parent Resource Kit

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The Autism Parent Resource Kit is an online resource to help parents, caregivers and families better understand autism and the range of services and support available in Ontario.

What is the Autism Parent Resource Kit?

It’s a new comprehensive resource that can:

  • Increase your understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the range of programs across Ontario
  • Provide tools, strategies and resources to help you and your family
  • Reassure you that you are not alone, through the voices of other parents

How is the Kit organized?

This Kit is designed to act as a starting point or gateway to help parents, caregivers and professionals find useful and credible resources on ASD. The information contained in this website is organized according to potential information needs at key phases and transitions of a child's life. Each section of the website addresses a particular set of issues and transitions parents/caregivers may encounter.

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