Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett County Named as June 2017 Nonprofit of the Month

Pictured above (L toR): Vince DeSilva, Sr. Vice President, Member Services with the Gwinnett Chamber presents the June 2017 Nonprofit of the Month award to Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett County Board Members, Fred Masci, Susie Collat, and John Pellegrino

Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett, Inc. (SNS) is a non-profit organization which provides both educational and multi-therapeutic early intervention services to children ages 18 months to 21 years, as well as YALL’S (Young Adult Living and Learning Skills). SNS serves students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin. SNS was established in March of 1987.


  1. To provide the highest quality education and therapeutic programming available.
  2. To nurture and challenge each student on his or her own level in all curricular areas.
  3. To instill in each student a positive self-image and love for learning.
  4. To support parents in their understanding of, and their quest for, the best for their children.

Our students are children first, with all the needs, desires, and feelings of non-disabled children. They are more like other children than they are different. Their disabilities are inconveniences which keep them from enjoying full lives, and therefore must be overcome or compensated for so that they can reach their full potentials. We believe that a person’s value is not related to what he/she can or cannot do, but is inherent in his/her very existence. SNS exists for its students. Students do not have to fit into the classes; the classes are made to meet the individual needs of the students. The goal is for each child to reach his/her potential in social, academic, language and motor skills; to gain independence, and to develop an “I Can” attitude toward learning.