Special Needs Action Project (SNAP)

How does Tribal ArtSNAP Help Kids, Teens, and Adults with Special Needs?

Each gallery, museum or other organization on the Tribal ArtSNAP platform is directly or indirectly helping provide funds for services and programs for children, young adults, and adults with autism and neurologically-associated special needs in their home country and beyond.  Combining our collective passion for art with our collective passion for improving people’s lives is the mission of this platform. More specifically, programs and services related to autism and conditions associated with autism, including sensory processing disorder, severe anxiety disorder, aphasia, dyspraxia, social communication disorder and behavioral challenges accompany these and related neurological conditions, particularly in underserved populations.

The Challenges

In the United States:

According to the 2017 American Community Survey, an estimated 40 million Americans (12.7% of the total civilian non-institutionalized population) have special needs: 15 million face cognitive difficulties; 7.9 million have self-care difficulties; and 14.2 million face independent living difficulties.  The Survey also found that the number of Americans with special needs varies widely across demographic groups and regions. According to the 2017 American Community Survey, an estimated 40 million Americans (12.7% of the total civilian non-institutionalized population) have special needs: 15 million face cognitive difficulties; 7.9 million have self-care difficulties; and 14.2 million face independent living difficulties.

In Europe:

According to a report in the European Journal of Public Health in 2017 and a series of other reports, the rate of autism in Europe is increasing dramatically.  Autism is more prevalent in further developed countries when compared to developing countries (Volume 27, Issue 1, 1 February 2017, Pages 101–110). Autism Spectrum Disorders in the European Union (ASDEU) produced a report. The report purported that in Europe, “irrespective of the causes of the increasing prevalence, it is a reality that there are now more ASD cases diagnosed during childhood and adolescence that need care, attention and treatment.”

Globally:

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) January 2018 report, over a billion people worldwide, about 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of special needs.  Among this vulnerable population are those who have been diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or those with resulting neurological conditions associated with ASD. According to the same WHO report, people with special needs including ASD and associated neurological conditions are among the most marginalized in the world, with poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, lower economic participation rates, and higher poverty rates than people without such special needs.   According to this report, worldwide, 1 in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

  • ASDs begin in childhood and tend to persist into adolescence and adulthood.
  • While some people with ASD can live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care and support.
  • Evidence-based psychosocial interventions, such as behavioral treatment and parent skills training programs, can reduce difficulties in communication and social behavior, with a positive impact on wellbeing and quality of life for persons with ASD and their caregivers.
  • Interventions for people with ASD need to be accompanied by broader actions for making physical, social and attitudinal environments more accessible, inclusive and supportive.
  • Worldwide, people with ASD are often subject to stigma, discrimination and human rights violations. Globally, access to services and support for people with ASD is inadequate.

Our Primary Tracks:

  • Providing Gap Funding for Vetted, Qualified Service and Program Providers
  • Partnering and Collaborating: Partner and collaborate with other NGO and nonprofits to create accessible materials and expand activities into underserved communities and populations.
  • Enhancing Civic Participation: Providing an educational advocacy blueprint to service providers, advocates, and others to help facilitate action on core issues.
  • Growing Corporate and Other Support: Create a digital model for corporate and other support to grow the resource base for programs and services.

What Can You Do?

More information will be provided on this platform in the weeks ahead, or you can contact us for further information and detail.

We encourage everyone to begin to educate themselves and grow awareness of a rapidly increasing set of conditions impacting the lives of millions of people. There are people with varying degrees of challenging neurological conditions in every community everywhere in the world.  It is only through collective action that we can help make a difference in a challenge, for example in the United States, where the need for services is 18 times greater than the level of services that currently exist. And people are doing amazing works of love and compassion in uncharted territory--most of which is behind closed doors due to stigma and a lack of understanding.  Please join us on this incredible journey and the daily evolution of Tribal ArtSNAP!