Applying to the LEND Program

Demonstrated interest in working with children with disabilities and their families meeting one or more of these criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s program in one of the LEND disciplines at an affiliated university
  • A self-advocate
  • A family member of a child or adult with a disability who also has a master’s degree or have a bachelor’s degree and can demonstrate training and significant experience in disability leadership and family advocacy
  • Accepted to complete a pre-doctoral internship or a post-doctoral fellowship at WIHD
  • Able to participate in person from 8:45 AM to 5 PM on Thursdays from early September to early May (except for the usual academic holidays) at WIHD in Valhalla, NY


  • Request Two Recommendations:
    LEND recommendation forms-RECOMMENDATION FORM (PDF) must be completed and submitted by two references chosen by the applicant.  Applicants must complete the top portion of the recommendation form and send to the people who will serve as references.  Please note that the completed recommendation forms should be submitted by the reference directly to the LEND office at Recommendation forms should not be submitted by applicants.
  • Other application materials should be submitted by applicant to:
  • Family Specialist LEND applicants should follow these instructions for completing the application: APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAMILY SPECIALISTS (PDF)

If you would like more information about the LEND training program, please contact: 914-493-8175 or

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