NEWS RELEASE

June 3, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - This spring, the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (CDD) collaborated with the Albuquerque Community Bike Recycling Program for a staff development day focused on team building by contributing to the community.

The Albuquerque Community Bike Recycling Program,http://www.communitybikerecycling.org/, is a not-for-profit volunteer group that refurbishes donated, used bicycles, making them safe and then distributing them to families who may find themselves in financial hardship. The program also teaches bike safety, bike maintenance and the overall health benefits of bike riding.

After receiving the appropriate instruction, CDD staff and faculty worked in small teams to clean and repair small-to-medium sized bikes. Large and small group discussions conducted throughout the day focused on team building lessons learned.

By the end of the day, 96 bikes were refurbished and ready to be distributed to children in the community.

The CDD, established in 1990, is New Mexico’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. These centers are authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act to build the capacities of states and communities to respond to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Center is designated by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), and is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence that is coordinated by and receives core funding from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Funding for other programs and projects is obtained through state contracts, federal grants and private funding. There are 61 centers located in every state and territory, which function as a national network of programs. For more information, visithttp://cdd.unm.edu/welcome.htm.