LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities)
Interdisciplinary Leadership Training Program at WIHD
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 at 52 universities around the country.
The LEND Program at WIHD is a two-semester interdisciplinary leadership training program. Program trainees include graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from health and education disciplines, self-advocates, and family members of children and adults with disabilities who want to develop knowledge and skills to take a leadership role working with and on behalf of children with disabilities and other special health care needs and their families.
Many trainees complete the LEND program as a component of full-time graduate training at an affiliated university. Trainees from many disciplines participate: audiology; psychology; pediatric dentistry; family specialist (parent or sibling of a person with a disability); genetic counseling; health advocacy; health administration; law; medicine; nursing; nutrition; occupational therapy; public health; pediatrics (general); physical therapy; self-advocates; social work; special education; and speech language pathology.
LEND IN A NUTSHELL
- Stipended 320 hour program on Thursdays from early September to early May
- Based on core values of cultural competence, family-centered practice, life course perspective, interdisciplinary approach and evidence-based practice
- Comprehensive three-course curriculum in an active and collaborative learning environment : Overview of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Seminar in Evidence-based Methods; Interdisciplinary Leadership Seminar
LEND Curriculum can be found here.
- Opportunity to earn a fifteen credit certificate in “Children with Special Health Care Needs” from New York Medical College CLICK HERE
- LEND Program requirements aligned with requirements of the affiliated graduate programs of our trainees