Diversity Fellow Spotlight
Congratulations to our 2016-2017 CT LEND Cohort!
Our Fellows included UCONN graduate students in audiology, speech and language pathology, school psychology, social work, public health, and nursing, as well as Yale Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians, Goodwin College Human Services students, and community Family Faculty.
Participants pictured left to right are: Nanfi Lubogo, Cheryl Ordway Eckert, Melora Wiley, Michele Ledesma, Emma Ellis, Olivia Dewald, Casey Turovac, Hannah Brown (back row), Ashley Bean, Chelsea Panse (back row), MaryKate Bisaillon, Tara Lutz, Nawarat Aroonyadech, Ashley Mills (back row), Marta Persia, Ashley Moore, Ann Marie Ferreira (back row), Amanda Tchernotzkas, Dorothy Vittner, Lauren Benoit.
The Connecticut 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 49 LENDs in 42 states and the District of Columbia, with an additional six states and two territories reached through program partnerships. Together, the UConn Health LEND forms 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 people with disabilities, provides training and mentorship to the LEND Fellows.