LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities)
LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the federal government. It prepares professionals for leadership roles in their respective fields working with and on behalf of children with disabilities and other special health care needs, and their families.
The LEND Program at WIHD is one of 52 in the country. It is a two-semester interdisciplinary leadership training program. LEND trainees include graduate students and post-doctoral fellows; self-advocates; and family members of children and adults with disabilities. Trainees come from many disciplines including audiology; family specialist (parent or sibling of a person with a disability); genetic counseling; health advocacy; health administration; medicine; nursing; nutrition; occupational therapy; psychology; public health; self-advocacy; social work; special education; and speech language pathology.
Through participating in LEND, trainees develop knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and decrease disparities for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs.