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What is LEND?

The LA Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) is a nine-month interdisciplinary training program that incorporates both didactic and experiential learning in clinical and community-based settings. LA LEND prepares graduate students, family members, self-advocates, and practicing professionals to become future leaders in designing and implementing services, policies, advocacy, and consuming/conducting research and evaluation addressing the needs and priorities of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), other neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. 

Are you interested in becoming a leader in a Health or Education career?

Do you want to improve your knowledge and skills related to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) other Neuro- and Developmental Disabilities (NDD/DD)
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Life Course Theory
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and practice
  • Family- and person-centered care  
  • Leadershipand advocacy skills

-->>  Consider LA LEND!!


LEND Training Components

  • Three Core Courses with embedded clinical/community experiences and on-line and “live” assignments designed to provide opportunities for application and reflection
    • MCH Foundations
      • A week-long intensive introduction to the historical and theoretical underpinnings of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs, including Social Determinants of Health, Family-centered Care, Cultural Competence, and Interdisciplinary Teaming. These topics establish a framework for the LA LEND program. This program is offered prior to the start of the fall semester.
    • Seminar in Topics and ASD/NDD Leadership
      • Trainees learn about issues and best practices related to ASD/NDD and experience a variety of clinic- and community-based activities that provide deeper understanding and opportunities to observe and/or implement things learned in class
  • Family Mentoring Experience (FME)
    • Trainees are matched with mentor families of children with disabilities who provide them with opportunities to engage them with everyday life to gain understanding of the "lived experience." Trainees complete a service learning project for the family based on identified needs.
  • Research activities related to ASD/NDD or other disabilities
  • Leadership project related to disability services, policy, advocacy, research, or systems change
  • Attendance at the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference Washington, DC
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