Having a child with special needs can be a frightening and lonely experience. S.N.A.P. offer support for each other as we are all families with children who have special needs.
Questions we have often asked?
What did I do to deserve this?
Who do I go to?
Fear of the unknown?
We don't have all the answers but we may be able to help and WE CAN offer support.
Below is how we started:
Special Needs Active Parents was initially set up after a group of parents enquired about establishing swimming lessons for children with Special Needs back in June 04. These parents got to know each other at different early intervention sessions (ie. Physiotherapy, Feeding Clinics etc.) which they attended at Early Intervention Services, H.S.E. Mounthamilton House in Dundalk. Funding for two swimming programmes (thirteen week sessions) was provided by the then North Eastern Health Board to whom we are very grateful and have worked closely with since.
It was felt at the time that the success of the swimming programmes needed to be built upon and the group started meeting more regularly, exploring new ideas and potential fundraising events to finance these ideas. It was also crucially important for the group that relationships were built between the various service providers and SNAP to help create collaborative strategies for improving services and opportunities for our children.
SNAP's vision for the future is to be a positive family focussed group, recognised nationally for providing and ensuring better services, support, activities and information in the pursuit of happy children and supported families.
The mission of SNAP is to ensure happy children and families with Special Needs through our dedicated and committed work.
We will achieve this by:
- Providing and increasing access, in conjunction with other agencies, to services and activities appropriate to the needs of the group members.
- Developing information on various topics and making this information available.
- Organising special events with a social focus for families and children.
- Maintaining a positive media and awareness campaign.
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