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Breaking through barriers for workers who have children with special needs

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.



Isabelle TannerAs a member of the Special Needs and Moving On Projects you have access to the SNP/MO Support Navigator whose role is to help you find the resources and supports you need.

We know it can be overwhelming to manage all the aspects of modern life while working and raising a family; trying to find help for a child with special needs adds yet another layer of complexity. After all, there are only so many hours in a day! We heard what members had to say about finding resources, and that is how the development of the Disability Supports project and the role of the Support Navigator came into being.

Our disability supports portal, in conjunction with 211s across the country, has launched and the website portal is available to you; and a support navigator is available to assist you in navigating the site and finding disability support resources for you should you need it.

Our Support Navigator, Isabelle Tanner, is based in the small, beautiful, but world-renowned tourist town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia but she can assist members across the country, in both English and French. If you are looking for information on disability supports and services for your child, Isabelle can help you with this.

To date, some of the resources that Isabelle has been able to provide for members includes autism and ADHD/LD resources, speech therapists, behavioural therapists, tutoring agencies, recreational activities and day/summer camps, activities for families, and respite for parents.

In her role as Support Navigator Isabelle works 3 days a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am-5 pm AST  - but you can reach her at your convenience by sending her an email any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by leaving a voice mail at 902-295-1645.

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) - a national employment program for job seekers with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum


Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national employment program jointly sponsored by Inclusion Canada and the Autism Alliance of Canada, and their member organizations. This partnership receives funding from the Federal Government of Canada to help connect job seekers with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum with businesses who seek to have an inclusive workplace.

RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum. The project does this by sharing job opportunities from businesses who are looking to hire inclusively with employment agency partners and to job seekers that have been added to the job seeker database in 30 communities across Canada. These agencies may also assist in providing post-secondary and/or employment training, help connecting job seekers with competitive employment opportunities and provide additional supports, accommodations, or workplace modifications that may be necessary for the job.

RWA helps provide the employer with knowledge about the benefits of inclusive hiring, hiring support, coordinated access to qualified candidates who have an intellectual disability or ASD and on-the-job supports for both employer and employees hired via RWA.

RWA is active in 30 communities across the country:

Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John’s Metropolitan area
Prince Edward Island – Queens County region
Nova Scotia – Halifax, Darthmouth and Cape Breton
New Brunswick – Fredericton and Saint John
Quebec – Montreal
Ontario – City of Toronto, Greater Toronto Area and Mississauga
Manitoba – Winnipeg
Saskatchewan – Saskatoon and Regina
Alberta – Calgary and Edmonton
British Columbia – City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver Regional District, Kelowna, Vancouver Island
Yukon – Whitehorse
Northwest Territories – Yellowknife
Nunavut – Iqaluit

For more information, check out the Ready, Willing and Able website:

Coping with Back to School Anxiety

Anxchildren class classroom 1720186 copyious feelings are normal and expected in children and teens returning to school, changing schools, or for first-timers starting kindergarten. This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family.

In the days leading up to school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have temper tantrums, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw, plead or bargain, and become irritable or angry.

Worries are Common. Anxious children and teens worry about many different school-related issues, such as teachers, friends, fitting in, and/or being away from their parents. Some common worries include:

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