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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program is an interdisciplinary leadership training program aimed at improving the health of infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities, with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders.

There are currently 39 LENDs in 32 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, we form a national network that shares information and resources and maximizes our impact. We work together to address national issues of importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchange best practices and develop shared products. We also come together regionally to address specific issues and concerns.

The LENDs grew from the 1950s efforts of the Children's Bureau (now the Maternal and Child Health Bureau) to identify children with disabilities as a Title V program priority. They are currently funded under the 2006 Combating Autism Act and are administered by the Health Resources and Service's Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The LEND program is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, which is a division of the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Center provides training to community members, professionals, family members of individuals with disabilities, as well as master's and doctoral students seeking individualized interdisciplinary training experiences in disabilities each year. An interdisciplinary faculty, including family members and persons with disabilities, provides training and mentorship to the LEND Fellows.

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