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Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Honored by UH Board of Regents

August 21, 2015

The University of Houston Board of Regents presented the inaugural Regents’ Academic Excellence Award to the University of Houston – Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). The award recognizes University of Houston System institutions’ programs and initiatives that exemplify excellence in teaching, research, and/or public service.

“One in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism, including more than 89,000 children in Texas, and it is now recognized as the number one health issue with children,” said Dr. Dorothea C. Lerman, UH-CL CADD director.  “We’re hoping to make a huge difference in the lives of these families by conducting research, training current and future professionals, and through providing services to help families in our community.”

The Center has been extremely productive, and has helped improve the lives of hundreds of children and adults in Houston.  Research begun at CADD has been presented at international conferences and recognized for innovation and excellence.

“CADD was selected because of their quality research and impact on autism and developmental disabilities, the cutting edge training of current and future professionals, and the critical and cutting edge services they provide to children and their families, said Dr. Paula Myrick Short, University of Houston System Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  “Since the inception of the Center, 700 families have been served, more than 300 professionals have been trained, and more than 60 research projects have been initiated.”

“Through our research, training, and service, we are striving to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by this disorder, and those who care about them,” Lerman said.

Board of Regents Chair Tillman J. Fertitta and University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator present the Regents’ Award to UH-CL President Dr. William A. Staples and Dr. Lerman during their August 20 Board meeting.