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Special Needs Achievement Program (SNAP)

Special Needs Achievement Program

Students in the Special Needs Achievement Program (SNAP) at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf are those who, because of the intensity of their physical, mental, or emotional concerns, need educational, social, psychological, and medical services beyond those which are traditionally offered by regular and special education programs. Staff ratios and class sizes are carefully considered to maximize student potential for useful and meaningful participation in society and for self-fulfillment.

Below, students Aaron and Jimmy enjoy Prom 2018

Students at the SNAP Prom

The goals of the program are to:

  • prepare students to care for themselves
  • develop social awareness and social skills which will enable students to be successful in the community
  • achieve emotional growth which will enable the students to maintain the lifestyle of choice
  • develop motor skills
  • develop personal and home management skills required for self sufficiency
  • select and prepare for an occupation
  • develop intellectual skills which will lead to responsible and independent citizenship
  • develop the ability to use leisure time well and in a way that will enhance creativity and enjoyment of life. 

Students in this program may range in age from 3 to 21. Their program is designed to meet their individual needs and areas of disability. Emphasis for students in the Pre- School/ Elementary age range is academic development and achievement in conjunction with support for and/or skill development in other identified areas of need. At the Middle School/Secondary age range, focus shifts to what each student will need in order to be successful living and working in the community for the rest of their lives.