MISSION: SNACK* (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids and *Adults) aims to fill a void in the lives of children, teens, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities by providing unique programs designed and staffed to address their needs. SNACK* also provides pre-vocational training and supported employment opportunities. We welcome those with physical disabilities, verbal and non-verbal language abilities, across all socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. SNACK* activity centers are devoted to "Fun, Friends, and Hope" and offer a variety of group and individual activities to provide our kids with the help they need to thrive - the opportunity to make friends, have fun, improve skills, build confidence, work, become more independent and participate in activities that typical people do everyday.
ONE PARENT DETERMINED TO HELP HER SON—AND OTHERS LIKE HIM
SNACK* was founded in 2003 when Jackie Ceonzo’s 7-year-old son Joey, who has autism, was turned away from a special needs program because “he wouldn’t fit in.” She formulated a plan to establish a center where Joey and other children with special needs would be welcome, regardless of their language abilities, behavioral challenges or skill levels. She envisioned a place where parents and children would feel comfortable socializing and learning life and recreation skills in a creative and safe environment. Jackie worked with a pediatric neurologist, a disability advocate, and a behavioral specialist to create SNACK, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. SNACK* provides a haven where children, teens, and young adults with autism and other special needs can find fun, friends, and hope to help them move toward achieving a more independent and purposeful life.
COMPASSION, EXPERTISE—AND AN OPEN DOOR
A key philosophy of SNACK* is to serve people of all capabilities, no matter how challenging the child’s behavior or the degree of his/her disabilities. SNACK* primarily serves a population that is more challenged and severely impacted by autism - who require the greatest support, yet are frequently rejected from other special needs programs. Our programs are dedicated to helping children, teens, and young adults achieve their maximum potential and experience all of the joys that life has to offer.