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.


Our Office Location

girl_sitting Head office: Baddeck , Nova Scotia

CUPW originally contracted with Cape Breton’s SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Child Care Inclusion, for the day-to-day operation of the Special Needs Project.  Executive Director Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin was one of two principal authors of the union’s study of working parents of children with special needs. When she decided to put more of her energies into research and development, she helped the union find a new home for the project.

Today, the Special Needs Project is administered by the Breton Ability Centre, situated in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Three full-time staff work on the Special Needs Project in an office in Baddeck, about 100 kilometres away.

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