(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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