EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD
Barbara Fritz RN has been a SNAP helper for almost 20 years! She was honored with the 2019 Excellence in Service Award by the Developmental Disabilities Council of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Barbara brings her magic to the water each week and has helped numerous swimmers improve their skills, build their confidence, and shine their light a little brighter. She has also helped our class leaders by sharing her knowledge and skills. Outside of the water Barbara’s work life has been as a Registered Nurse with one-half career in hospital (mostly Newborn and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurseries) and the latter half as a Public Health Nurse in Alameda County. Congratulations to Barbara! We are sooo glad to have you in our SNAP family!
DOLPHIN SWIM CLUB VIRTUAL REALITY
The Dolphin Swim Club is based in the Netherlands and have created a Virtual Reality tool which allows the user to swim with dolphins in the wild. Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital has begun utilizing this tool as have many other hospitals and facilities. SNAP has been selected to trial the tool in our Berkeley and Palo Alto programs. Our swimmers and volunteers have really enjoyed the experience, particularly as they move through the water. It’s a surreal experience, quiet, calming, and engaging. Here are some videos.
SNAP SACRAMENTO PILOT
Join us in the water for our classes in the Fall of 2018. We are pleased to offer a program designed for young children ages 1-4, and a parent. Please register at https://jillian-vanness.squarespace.com/snap-kids
RICHMOND MAYOR’S COMMUNITY FUND
SNAP was awarded a grant from the City of Richmond Mayor’s Office in 2018! This grant will serve to support swimmers from the City of Richmond who participate in SNAP. We are grateful for this opportunity.
SNAP GOES TO MEXICO
SNAP was invited to present at the International Congress, Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy Put Into Practice, in Querétaro, Mexico in October 2016. SNAP presented on Pediatric Community-Based Services with a focus on creating increased access globally to aquatic services for children with special needs. Our program model was well received and we hope to have inspired additional community based, accessible programming for all children with special needs.
JEFFERSON AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE 2015
We are proud to announce that our founder, Dori Maxon, was selected as a recipient of the Jefferson Award from KPIX for her nearly 25 years of community service with SNAP. You can watch the video of SNAP and hear the report on the days and times listed or catch it on the web. GOOO SNAP!!
CHILDREN’S SUPPORT LEAGUE GRANT – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018!
The Children’s Support League (CSL) holds its annual Heart of the Home Tour in April, to raise fund to support local agencies serving and supporting children who are at-risk or underserved in the East Bay. After careful consideration and review of all grant applications SNAP was selected as one of the grant recipients! We extend our deep gratitude to CSL and appreciate their support of SNAP, our scholarship fund, and all the beautiful children we serve. To learn more visit Children’s Support League .
STANFORD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD SNAP 2014
Palo Alto is honored with the Stanford Community Partnership Award from Stanford University! Thank you to Nicole Kofman, SNAP Palo Alto helper and Kids with Dreams Coordinator, for nominating SNAP!! SNAP was honored at an Awards Luncheon on June 6, 2014 at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. Nicole Kofman and Fred, Sherry and Matthew Flamer were speakers at the event. We are so proud to earn this recognition and would like to thank the Community Partnership Awards for all they do to support our community.
In addition, SNAP received recognition from the cities of Palo Alto and Menlo Park, from the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo, and from the US House of Representatives!
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM SCUBA FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – DAY OF DISCOVERY
SNAP will be sending 4 swimmers to participate in the Day of Discovery, a Scuba program for children with special needs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on June 15, 2014. The program is headed by Marv Tuttle. Divers are fully suited up, work with 2 certified dive instructors, and participate in a very special experience. To learn more contact Special Kids Scuba.
SNAP GOES TO SPAIN
Our founder, Dori Maxon PT,MEd will be presenting at the International Conference on Hydrotherapy and Adapted Aquatics in Sanluca de Barrameda, Spain, July 16-20, 2014. Topics will include an Introduction to Pediatric Aquatic Therapy, Working with Children who have Spasticity / Sensory Processing Challenges, and Expanding our Reach – Community Service Models. We’re happy to be spreading the word on the Magic of the Water!
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND TRANSITION FAIR
SNAP participated in the West Contra Costa USD Special Education and Transition Fair on 4/26 at the Vista Hills Ed Center in Richmond. Over 40 local agencies which serve children and young adults with special needs were represented. will be participating. Special thanks goes to helpers Christina, Paige, and Katie, with a guest appearance by swimmer Joshua and mom Danielle, for doing such a wonderful job of sharing the magic of SNAP with families, kids, and other providers. GOOO SNAP!
UC Berkeley has continued with its student run course (DeCal), Deconstructing Disability. Nancy DeRoche, SNAP Berkeley program manager, spoke about being the mother of a child with a disability as well as about the SNAP program at a recent seminar on 4/17/14. Thank you Nancy for sharing your valuable insights.
Dori Maxon PT,MEd, SNAP founder, has become one of the first certified Halliwick providers in the US. Halliwick is an aquatic practice technique which focuses on motor learning in the water. (4/6/14)
We have begun our training video project to share how best to work with each of our swimmers. SNAP helpers have been sharing their techniques, their dos and don’ts, what motivates their swimmers, and insights. Our swimmers are happy to show their skills! We hope to get this on line by the Fall. Thank you to everyone who has been chipping in their time, ideas, skills, and encouragement.
AQUATIC THERAPY PRESENTATION AT AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY CONFERENCE
Founder, Dori Maxon PT, MEd gave a presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, held in Las Vegas 2/6/14, on the topic of Aquatic Therapy for Children with Special Needs. She presented to a group 300+ interested therapists, sharing the joys and magic of SNAP, the water, and how we can help children achieve their goals. Hopefully more children with special needs will get in the pool!