NEWS RELEASE

November 21, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Director Cate McClain, M.D., PT, was recognized by Mayor Martin J. Chavez with the prestigious A+ Award on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the mayor’s State of the City Address.

McClain was given the award for her outstanding work as a community leader, making a difference in the lives of many New Mexican families living with autism.

The A+ Award originated five years ago and is awarded personally by Mayor Chavez to exemplary individuals who have impacted the city of Albuquerque as a leader, humanitarian, or community advocate.

The UNM CDD, a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, is part of the UNM School of Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

The CDD offers various programs to help families in New Mexico living with a disability including autism.

The Autism Programs at the CDD is a collection of autism specific programs and projects that have a variety of objectives. Each program emphasizes the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

With its staff of parents and professionals with unique knowledge of the special needs of people with autism, the CDD provides family support, technical assistance and a training network. For more information, visithttp://cdd.unm.edu/.