(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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As part of the International Cooking Series, the experts in the UTSA Demo Kitchen will show you how to make this stuffed bread Latin dish. Register for this cooking demo here.
Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen, Main Campus
UTSA's annual sustainability festival, showcases the university’s and the City of San Antonio’s progress on researching and developing sustainable solutions to improve the quality life for future generations.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The institute will feature a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion.” Manuel Medrano will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. Two people receive free admission with a voucher available here.
Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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Multiple locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses
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University Center, Denman Ballroom (2.01.28), Main Campus
Come meet the candidates looking to take home the crown as Mr. and Ms. UTSA 2017-2018. This is your opportunity to hear the candidates platform and learn how they plan to represent and transform UTSA.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA's Friends of Shakespeare hosts this annual performance seried by Actors from the London Stage, Sept. 27, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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