LEND Curriculum and Highlights

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LEND Program Highlights



The WIHD LEND Program curriculum consists of three two-semester courses: Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and their Systems of Care (NDSC); Seminar in Evidence-based Methods (SEBM), and Interdisciplinary Leadership Seminar (LEAD).

The NDSC Course provides a population-based perspective on children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families and considers screening, diagnosis, and treatment of specific childhood disabilities. The life-course perspective guides examination of the broad context of health care systems and service delivery for children with disabilities from birth through young adulthood with a strong emphasis on family centered practice and family partnership. A focus on policy and advocacy provides an understanding of the history of the disability rights movement, landmark federal and state legislation, and court decisions as well as strategies for community advocacy. This two semester course is taught in seven modules:
1) Early Intervention
2) Autism Spectrum Disorders
3) Family Partnerships
4) Policy and Advocacy
5) Vulnerable Populations
6) Coordinated Care
7) Transition

The Interdisciplinary Leadership Seminar assists trainees in developing skills, knowledge, and values required for interdisciplinary leadership in working with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families. The instructional format includes team assignments, didactic sessions, small group discussions, individual or group disciplinary presentations, Individualized Training Plans, and Leadership Advisement Meetings. The central LEND values of family-centeredness, family partnerships, and cultural competency are an integral part of the course.

SEBM assists trainees in developing skills in finding, evaluating and applying evidence for use in practice, teaching, policy and research. This course combines didactic sessions, evidence-based interdisciplinary team projects, and oral and poster presentations. All teams engage a community partner at the local, state or national level as a project collaborator. The year culminates with poster and oral presentations in Albany with the New York State Department of Health and locally.



Introduction to the MCH Competencies

At the beginning of the LEND year, LEND introduces trainees to the MCHB Leadership Competencies through a series of interactive learning activities. These activities include a session during which trainees read each competency and share their comments, questions, reflections, connections, and summaries in relation to the competencies. In teams, they create a document called “MCH Competencies in Our Own Words”. Trainees review a sample of well-known leadership quotes, chose a quote that they personally connect with and explain how the quote relates to the MCH competencies, as well as to their hopes/dreams for their own leadership. To learn more about these activities and to see samples of the trainees’ work, go to “INTRODUCTION OF THE MCH COMPETENCIES”

Leadership Quotes

Student Work: Communication

cultural competency LEND project

Student Work: Cultural Competency

LEND trainees

Leadership Competencies Activity


This series of interactive learning activities asks trainees to reflect on the concept of leadership. The learning activities targeted MCH Competency 2 (Self-Reflection and MCH Competency 3 (Ethics and Professionalism). Trainees self-reflect, read literature, engage in conversations with colleagues, watch a short video, and create a visual representation of themselves as leaders. To learn more about these activities and to see samples of the trainees’ work, go to “INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP”.

LEND Program highlights: Values in Disabilities Book Discussion

In order to work effectively with and on behalf of children and adults with disabilities and family members, leaders must develop skills for and commitment to being attuned to the viewpoint, rights and perspectives of people with disabilities and their families. This assignment is one of several LEND experiences designed to help trainees accomplish this goal. Over the summer, trainees, faculty, and others read one of a selected group of books by or about people with disabilities, guided by the “Values in Disabilities Book Assignment”. During a LEND session at the beginning of the year, they discuss their assigned books. To see our book collection and learn more about this leadership activity go to: “VALUES IN DISABILITIES SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT”.

books for Value in Disabilities book discussion

Values in Disabilities Book Collection

LEND trainees talking with LEND faculty member

The Values In Disabilities Group Discussion

LEND program highlights: Life Course Theory and Social Determinants of Health

LEND Trainees at WIHD are learning how to apply knowledge of Life Course Theory and Social Determinants of Health to their work with children with disabilities and their families. One of the learning experiences is a session in which LEND trainees play the “Life Course Game” and debrief their experiences with the game. For additional information about using the Life Course Game as a teaching and learning tool, go to LIFE COURSE GAME.

For additional strategies on incorporating Life Course Theory into the LEND curriculum, go to Incorporating Life Course Theory and SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH INTO THE LEND CURRICULUM.

Additional resources concerning Life Course Theory can be found at the AUCD LIFE COURSE PERSPECTIVE PAGE.

life course theory board game

Life Course Board Game

LEND trainees playing board game

Trainees playing the Life Course Board Game

LEND Trainee Presentations to State Level Partners

LEND trainees make an impact by sharing the results of their research at an annual meeting with representatives from the Department of Health in Albany and other state-level partners.

LEND trainees and faculty presenting a poster

LEND trainee groups present their research posters in Albany

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LEND Trainees participating from Puerto Rico

LEND trainees presenting poster

LEND trainee presenting to state-level partners

LEND Trainee graduation and poster session

At the poster session, LEND trainees and faculty share their research findings.

LEND trainees and faculty

Patty’s Team

LEND trainees

LEND trainees and faculty from the University of Puerto Rico

LEND trainees at graduation

LEND Class of 2017

Disability Policy Seminar

LEND Trainees visits Capitol Hill as part of their experience at the Annual Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC.

LEND trainees visiting with NY Senator Charles Schumer

LEND trainees with Senator Charles Schumer

LEND trainees at the Capitol Building

LEND trainees at the Capitol Building

LEND trainees meeting with Representative Nita Lowey

LEND trainees meeting with Representative Nita Lowey’s office