The mission of SNACK* (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids and *Adults) is to fill a void in the lives of children, teens and young adults affected with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and similar disabilities by providing unique programs designed and staffed to address their needs. SNACK* also provides vocational training and supported employment opportunities, and welcomes 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 participants with the help they need to thrive - the opportunity to make friends, have fun, improve skills, build confidence, work and participate in activities that typical people do every day.
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SNACK* was created by Jackie Ceonzo when her son Joey, who has autism, was turned away from other special needs programs as they were not able to accommodate his needs. A key philosophy of SNACK * is to serve children, teens and young adults of all capabilities - no matter how challenging their behavior or degree of disability. Please visit www.snacknyc.com to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now affects 1 in 54 children in the United States, a 20% increase from 1 in 68 just three years ago. According to the CDC, autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Parents of children with autism often find themselves lost in a maze of competing information and treatment suggestions, coupled with fear for their child's future.
SNACK* is dedicated to serving this growing population of children, teens and young adults. SNACK* also enables parents to continue their daily lives, assured in the knowledge that their child is safe, cared-for, engaged, and learning the skills necessary to achieve a more purposeful life.