The Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program provides interdisciplinary and disciplinary leadership training in order to improve systems of care that promote the prevention of disabilities and assure access to family-centered, community-based services and supports for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

The program provides advanced training to graduate students, post-graduates, family members, self-advocates and community professionals who already demonstrate a commitment to promoting quality systems of care for children and their families.

Program overview

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program offers training to approximately 30 trainees and fellows a year across 16 disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Family
  • Genetics/genetic counseling
  • Health administration
  • Human development and family studies
  • Medicine/pediatrics
  • Nursing, nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • Person with developmental disability
  • Social work
  • Special education
  • Speech/language pathology

The training content and learning objectives are organized into four curriculum areas:

  • Leadership development
  • Core knowledge of neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Interdisciplinary and family-centered practice
  • Research, Evaluation and Dissemination

Required activities

  • Two-day orientation scheduled immediately prior to fall semester
  • Participation in Friday afternoon seminars and case-based learning modules (trainees should be available between approximately noon to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays during fall and spring semesters)
  • Self-scheduled study and assignments
  • Interdisciplinary family-centered practicum
  • Core research seminars and participation in a research project
  • Family mentor and other community-based experiences
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Supervision/mentoring

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