Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)
- Provides long-term, graduate level training, clinical services, and community outreach which focuses on an interdisciplinary team approach to identification, intervention, and collaboration.
The goal of the LEND training program is to improve access to healthcare and services for children and families with disabilities by training diverse groups of professionals in leadership, cultural competence, clinical knowledge, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration between health care professionals and families.
The LEND Framework is based upon the MCH Life Course Perspective.
LEND Trainees are at various stages of education and represent a variety disciplines all united by their interest in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Trainees can be from any of the following disciplines:
- Genetic Counseling
- Health administration
- Medicine (DBP, NDD, Psychiatry, genetics, neurology)
- Occupational Therapy
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Physical Therapy
- Social work
- Speech Pathology
- Special Education
- Parents & Self-Advocates
- Public Health
- Other disciplines may be considered: (Law, health education, public policy)
The LEND programs are funded by the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (MCHB), in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HRSA). Technical Assistance and resources are provided to LEND programs through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)