Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Project

Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Project (ILEND)

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A Distinctive Graduate Level Training Opportunity

The Iowa LEND program is part of a national network of 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs across the country, and is  federally funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau. LEND is an interdisciplinary leadership training program for graduate students, family members, and self-advocates. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of people with disabilities across the lifespan. We accomplish this by preparing trainees from diverse healthcare, educational, and community disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. Clinical and non-clinical trainees will expand their skills and knowledge in leadership, cultural competency and diversity, person and family-centered care, policy and advocacy, coordinated systems of healthcare and related services for individuals with special health care needs and their families. 

The Iowa LEND program is affiliated with the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and is located within the Center for Disabilities and Development. 

FY2020 ILEND Trainee Cohort on playground outside CDD

"The ILEND program has provided me with exposure to clinical practice, development of legislation, family life, and community awareness."

     — ILEND Trainee