ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez recently presented $85,000 to the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD) to benefit a future autism center. The proceeds were raised at the Mayor’s 2008 Charity Ball held this past July.

Cate McClain, MD, PT, director of the UNM CDD, accepted the donation along with Maryellen Missik-Tow, UNM Foundation development specialist. Both sincerely thank Mayor Chavez and the city of Albuquerque for their generosity and commitment to the many families living with autism in New Mexico.

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. It provides various programs to help families in New Mexico living with disabilities including autism.

The CDD is in the process of creating an autism center where research, training, diagnosis and services will be provided to the New Mexico autism community. For years, the CDD has worked to diagnose and provide families with early intervention programs for children with autism. The need for autism services in the state has grown and the CDD wants to provide New Mexico families with more options for care through an autism center.

For more information on the UNM CDD, visithttp://cdd.unm.edu/.