Dr. Claudia Soler-Alfonso (320x240)
Dr. Claudia Soler-Alfonso, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor

On Saturday, March 23, Baylor College of Medicine will bring a community conference and resource fair to the Laredo area to provide an educational seminar and support materials for parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Provided jointly by Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital, and in collaboration with the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center and other community partners, the conference will address updates in genetics and care for children with developmental disorders and explain how a genetic evaluation can help children with various disabilities, including autism.

Dr. Claudia Soler-Alfonso, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor, will lead the discussion with a presentation about genes and autism. In addition, Laura Buckner, licensed professional counselor with the University of Texas, Texas Center for Disability Studies will speak about what you can do today to help prepare for the future.

The resource fair will offer current information on care, education and research as they relate to developmental disorders and encourages networking within the community by connecting patients and their families with resources and with one another.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration by March 18 is required. The seminar will be held at the UT Health Regional Campus Laredo at 1937 E. Bustamante St. The resource fair begins at 8:30 a.m., the conference will follow at 9:30 a.m. with educational events running until 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. See registration and contact information

This conference is supported by the University of Texas, Texas Center for Disability Studies and the Texas Department of State Health Services.