The 3rd annual "Artists-4-Autism Auction" hosted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is set for Saturday, Sept. 11, from 4-11 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque.

Among items up for auction are drawings done by 12 through 15-year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); a basketball signed by last year's winning Lobo Men's Basketball team; and a life-size painted fiberglass pony modeled after a Jackson Pollock painting. Pictures of auction items will be available Monday, Aug. 2 at  Artists-4-Autism Auction.

Proceeds will benefit a new Autism Center the CDD is campaigning to build to further enhance the services it provides to New Mexico's children and families living with autism.

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation affecting approximately 1-in-110 births. Just ten years ago the ratio was 1-in-10,000. In New Mexico, roughly 300 children were born in 2009 with autism.

The CDD is one of the few places in New Mexico that is able to diagnose autism. The center also conducts the majority of trainings throughout the state for early childhood providers, teachers, pediatricians and other health care providers who need to know how to work and communicate with individuals with autism.

General admission tickets are on sale for $75 and VIP tickets, which include a pre-reception with New Mexico artists, are $125. Those who want to support the cause can also participate as a corporate sponsor or donate a live or silent auction item.

For more information regarding the auction, or to purchase tickets, contact Rita Crozier at or (505) 272-1913. To learn more about autism and the CDD, visit Center for Development and Disability.