Connecticut Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CT LEND)


The CT LEND program is one of 52 LEND programs across the country that focus on the training of future leaders from a wide variety of professional disciplines in order to improve the health care delivery system for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

This interdisciplinary training program requires the completion of coursework, research studies, advocacy projects and community practicum assignments with infants, children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families.


CT LEND Objectives & Collaborators

While each LEND program is unique, with its own focus and expertise, we all provide interdisciplinary training, have faculty and trainees in a wide range of disciplines, and include parents or family members as paid program participants.

LEND History

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program has a rich and evolving history. This program, currently administered through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has its beginnings in the Children’s Bureau, which was established in 1912. This Act gave a very broad grant of power to the Children’s Bureau. In 1921 the Children’s Bureau administered the Maternity and Infancy Act (Sheppard-Towner Act), the first national Maternal and Child Health program and the first significant federal grant-in-aid program in the health field.

CT LEND Trainees

A LEND Trainee is any individual who is enrolled in one of the nation’s LEND programs. A Trainee might be a graduate or doctoral student in a discipline such as audiology or social work; a Trainee might be a fellow in pediatrics or psychology; a Trainee might be a community member or a family member learning about leadership. All Trainees have a common desire to continue learning about helping and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

CT LEND Curriculum and Highlights

The purpose of the CT LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. This is accomplished by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence.