SNAP provides information, education, advocacy, and referrals to families with special needs children of all ages and disabilities. This website features bulletin boards, an online newsletter and a list of resources for parents that includes a national speakers bureau, a directory of attorneys, special needs estate planning information, and referrals to advocacy groups and support groups.
The main goal of this site seems to be providing information, advocacy, and referral information to families of children and youth with disabilities. The review team notes that this is not a learning object typically found on MERLOT.
Target Student Population:
Families of persons with a disability and other interested parties.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
In-service teachers could use this site in order to provide information to families during conferences. This site could also be included in a resource portfolio for pre-service teachers to have available for the future when dealing with parents and primary caretakers of children and youth with disabilities.
None noted by reviewers.
Evaluation and Observation
This site is intended for use by parents and primary caretakers of persons with disabilities, and therefore presents information in a clear and easily understood way. It may be valuable for in-service teachers as a reference for providing information to parents and caretakers during parent conferences. The information seems to be current and though specifically for California, much of the information is applicable across the 50 states. The topics covered in this site include a newsletter, medical, governmental agency information, legal information, insurance information, volunteer updates, and other topics of general interest of care providers.
Careful review of this site reveals that several of the links listed are nothing more than list of items. A description of these items would be helpful to the reader and big saver of time. Because this site contains many links, the reviewers express concern about maintaining the viability of the site, and the currency of the information.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Because this site is one of basic information for families and primary caretakers of children and youth with disabilities, it is a valuable site that both pre-service and in-service teachers should know about. Because of the interactivity of the bulletin board and the on-line newsletter, pre-service teachers, at both the graduate and undergraduate level would have access to others concerned with and studying the same issues. This could be a valuable research tool.
In order to enhance this site a valuable learning tool for pre-service teachers, the teacher educator must introduce this site early in the training program,
and be very creative in the design of assignments based on the information within the site. Because the site is a repository of information, learning objectives must be developed by the teacher educator in order for it to be useful as a teaching tool.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is easy to navigate. The layout of the site and its associated links are consistent. The review team did not discover any special technical supports needed for use of this site. The site is Bobby Approved.
While no special concerns were noted, one of the review team members noted that the ?snapping motion of the hand used as a background graphic? was very distracting and could cause difficulty for someone with ADHD or a visual impairment