Center for Development and Disability

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Autism is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined, and affects 1 in 150 children in the U.S. The needs of families continue to grow throughout New Mexico. According to CDD Director Cate McClain, “This is the right time for the Autism Center of Excellence at UNM. The need is critical and families are waiting.” With your help, we will create a flagship for the state so no child will wait for autism services in New Mexico.

CDD welcomes contributions in any amount. Our goal is to expand upon the Center's Hope Comes Alive campaign as it continues to create a strategic plan for a state-of-the-art "Autism Center of Excellence." This is critical to our mission, "the full participation of persons with disabilities in our communities." With your contributions, doors will open for all families and our children will blossom to their true potential right here in New Mexico. Together we are better!

We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Remember a Special Person or Occasion with a Gift to CDD

When you make a contribution to honor a special occasion, or in memory of a loved one, you are creating a lasting tribute. We will acknowledge your gift by sending a card or cards to the individuals or families you designate.

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match your charitable gifts. Inquire with a Personnel, or Human Resources officer in your company about a matching gifts program, and obtain the appropriate forms. After filling out the donor portions, send the form with your contribution to CDD in c/o

UNM Center for Development and Disability
Attn: Amanda Bassett,
2300 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Bequests and Legacies

You may choose to remember CDD by including us in your estate plans. These may include such gifts as: bequests, life insurance, annuities, real estate, Charitable Remainder Trusts, as well as stock, bonds, appreciated securities and closely held or family owned stocks. Your wise use of these gifting opportunities will help guarantee that CDD will be here working in your community well into the 21st century. For more information, please contact Amanda Bassett (


Amanda Bassett