Haide Lopez

I’m a parent of a child with Autism and Down syndrome.   He was born with a VSD on his heart and at the age of one, needed to be fed by a GI tube. His health was very fragile the first three years of his life. I became very active in a Latino support group called “Crecer Con Amor”, where I met families with children with special needs. Since then, I have been very aware of the needs and resources available to the families.  I find that living with someone who has ASD is difficult, but it is even more challenging living with someone with the dual diagnosis ASD/Down syndrome. I strongly believe in inclusion for individuals with cognitive and behavioral challenges. I am an enthusiastic learner with a commitment for a social change. I graduated from Universidad de Sonora 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. I am currently taking American Sign Language at Pima Community College. I am also a DEN leader for cub scouts Pack 295, and I work part time as a care provider of a child with Autism.