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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND Program)

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The Children's Hospital Boston LEND program at the Institute for Community Inclusion focuses on public policy, advocacy, diversity, stigma, human rights, and new designs in the developmental disabilities field.

The LEND Program provides graduate-level interdisciplinary training to health and counseling professionals to improve their knowledge of policy issues and team collaboration in developmental disabilities. Trainees develop their leadership potential to improve the status of infants, children, and adolescents with (or at risk for) neurodevelopmental disabilities and to enhance systems of care for these children and their families.

The program is appropriate for students in most professional disciplines that work with children with developmental disabilities and their families, including audiology, creative arts, dentistry, education, family medicine, health administration, law, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pediatrics, physical therapy, psychiatry, psychology, public health, rehabilitation counseling, religion, social work, and speech therapy.

LEND fellows participate in coursework, seminars, and field projects. Activities require a day and a half weekly, centered on Fridays. Some stipends are available for qualified students.

Project Director: David Helm

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities