(Oct. 22, 2012) -- When two-year-old Jojo didn't meet his speech development milestones, his mother Irene Maldonado grew concerned. After months of assessments, her son was diagnosed with autism.
"I didn't know enough about autism to understand his challenges and wasn't sure where to get help" said Maldonado, a UTSA State Employee Charitable Campaign tri-chair and UTSA HUB program manager. "Fortunately, his autism specialist did."
The family was referred to Any Baby Can, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve families with children facing serious health or developmental challenges. Services are provided free of charge -- regardless of income -- to families of children from birth through 12 years who suffer from a chronic illness, disability or developmental delay. Any Baby Can is one of many charities that participate in the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC).
Irene and her husband attended a parent education training that helped them understand autism and gave them tools to help their son develop better communication skills. The nonprofit also provides programs such as Parents Night Out and a sibling support group for children who have a brother or sister with special needs.
"Any Baby Can has been a lifesaver for us," said Maldonado. "We know more and have connected with other families who have children with autism. It's been helpful on so many levels. I'm thankful that the SECC supports these types of nonprofits."
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State Rep. Diego Bernal presents a Q&A panel discussion with MALDEF, RAICES and DMCA Immigration Law Firm about DACA and the current state of affairs for Dreamers. Opening remarks by Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Come out and enjoy breakfast and beverages at the Official UTSA Tailgate in Albuquerque as our Roadrunners take on the New Mexico Lobos at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The official UTSA tailgate will be located in Fan Fest in the University Stadium Parking Lot, Stadium East.
University Stadium parking lot, Albuquerque, NM
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
All UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to march with UTSA in the 30th annual MLK March. There will be a FREE shuttle from the UTSA Main Campus. Pick up in front of the Convocation Center at 8:30 a.m. Depart from UTSA at 9 a.m. Buses return to UTSA at 1 p.m
Convocation Center, Main Campus
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion annually hosts a Volunteer Opportunities Fair to allow students, faculty and staff to learn about volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the San Antonio area.
University Center, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
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