Breaking through barriers for workers
who have children with special needs

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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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Caregivers Unite:

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"We're not superheroes"

In honour of Caregivers' Week in Quebec (November 2-8, 2009), the Care-Ring Voice Network launches the Caregiver "Not Superhero Campaign".

The goal of the campaign is to reinforce that caregivers are not superheroes and require better support and assistance.

The plain facts:

  • There are an estimated 500,000 unpaid caregivers in the province of Quebec. 
  • 80% of all the care needed is performed by caregivers in the home, placing the expectation of care mostly on the family.
  • The value of their unpaid labour amounts to 6 to 9 billion dollars annually.
  • 8 out of 10 caregivers report experiencing emotional distress and 25% of all caregivers suffer from depression.
  • Caregivers stress and fatigue can lead to caregivers becoming care receivers themselves. Caregivers have a 63% higher risk of mortality than non-caregivers.
  • A large proportion of caregivers are forced to reduce hours of employment, or leave their jobs altogether. These caregivers face immediate and long-term economic repercussions.

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