Special Needs Activity Program

Special Needs Activity Program

Special Needs Activity Program

SNAP is a developmentally appropriate physical activity program offered to children and youth with disabilities in the Niagara region. It is organized in a station based pedagogy and implemented using an embedded movement education curriculum.

SNAP is a community service learning initiative that has been running since the 1994-95 academic year. In collaboration with the school boards and a number of disability services organizations, SNAP offers facilitated instruction (1:1 to 3:1 ratios) in physical activity contexts weekly on Thursday mornings between October and April.



SNAP operates as a site for research as well as service learning and pedagogy development. The program has won several awards on the programs’ research, development, and implementation. Ongoing refinement has been and continues to be presented and published nationally and internationally.

An Undergraduate team administrates SNAP as their thesis honors project along with volunteers from Brock University to work with the students. These Undergraduates have many responsibilities including running four portfolio groups: School Liaison, Curriculum and Equipment, Volunteer Recruitment and Training, and Communication and Fundraising.

These portfolio groups contribute to the success and quality of the program. Graduate student mentors assist the coordinators to oversee the program and assist developing: character development, implement training and planning for the coordinators, volunteers, and children.

SNAP runs every Thursday from 9:00am-12pm in the Ian Beddis Gym at Brock University.