Special Needs Project: Celebrating 20 Years! Back in 2005 our family found out about the Special Needs Project. Having almost 3 year old triplets at the time, each of them having a different diagnosis, the Special Needs Project gave us a sense of relief when it came to some of the extra cost encountered with each of their needs. Now almost 11 years later the children are excelling each at their own pace thanks to the “extras” that we can do with our children and with the funding that we receive from the project.
Time flies. Cooper was a premature baby born 8 weeks early. It was a hard beginning for the three of us. When he turned 2 years old, his paediatrician suspected some autism tendencies. It was very hard to hear that. We were living in Alberta at that time with no family support but had great co-workers and very understanding managers there. Thank God my request to transfer to Ontario went through and now we have family and friends to support us. Cooper is almost 3.5 years old now. Last August he started nursery school at a very good daycare. The teachers and other specialists told us it would be really beneficial for Cooper to start going full days but we could not afford it. My wife is still trying to find a sustainable job.
Think child care is ‘just your problem’? Think again. So many families are struggling to find decent child care and are scrambling to piece together care they can afford. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to re-think child care.
With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to say good-bye to the old and welcome in the new. We would like to acknowledge your children, both young and adult, who are supported by the Special Needs and Moving On projects. We’ve been moved and inspired by all the hard work and effort your children have made to overcome life’s challenges. We are proud to be playing even a small role in helping them along their journey. We wish all members the very best for 2013. We hope that each and every member’s child experiences renewed health and strength in the new year.
CUPW/UPCE-PSAC Special Needs Project - My daughter Madison is about to turn nine years old on May 13th. Madison has Down syndrome and has been through many challenges in her young life. She has already had two heart surgeries and there will be a third in the future. The Special Needs Project has been with Madison through it all. With the help of this program Madison is able to receive the extra stimulus she currently enjoys. I want to thank everyone involved in this project for the wonderful work you do. I’m including a picture of Madison so you can put a face to the little girl you have helped to blossom.
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Canada needs a postal bank. Thousands of rural towns and villages in our country do not have a bank, but many of them have a post office that could provide financial services. As well, nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders. A postal bank could be that alternative. Download and sign the petition urging the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to add postal banking, with a mandate for financial inclusion.