LEND Programs are interdisciplinary leadership training programs federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau. View more information about individual LEND disciplines by clicking on the menu at left.
MCC Chair and VT LEND Co-Director Honored for Work with Disadvantaged Populations
The 2016 Local Hero Award Winner, Dr. Avila is dedicated to serving children and youth at the margins: refugees and immigrants, teens struggling with mental health problems and young adults affected by substance abuse. She has secured funding for programs that address these critical issues, and works to eliminate inequality in access to resources and programming.
For the 2016-2017 academic year
This is an exciting opportunity for a current trainee to develop their leadership and communication skills, promote the meaningful exchange of information about issues related to people with disabilities and special health needs, and become more familiar with the broader AUCD network while having a national impact on the disability field.
On March 13-15, AUCD members joined nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders in San Diego, CA, at the 15th annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting, organized jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University.
Deadline: June 20
The AUCD Conference is one of the nation's premier places to highlight your work. Over 200 different presentations will be accepted to the conference in several different types of sessions, formatted for maximum visibility and interaction with attendees. Proposals are encouraged from students, self-advocates, family leaders, clinicians, and researchers in over 25 topics. Don't miss your chance: submit a proposal today!
December 4-7 in Washington, DC
The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.
At Boston Children�s Hospital�s Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, we are completing our second year of Community Advocacy Rounds, and taking it on the road! Community Advocacy Rounds is an educational series created for our trainees, focusing on topics most relevant to children with autism and developmental disabilities who are also among underserved populations. For 10-12 afternoons each year, trainees in our Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship, and LEND Program come together for team based learning. An equally interdisciplinary team (of social workers, psychologists, an educator, and a developmental pediatrician) leads each session.
Pediatric Audiology Trainees Collaborate with State Division of Public Health to Conduct Statewide Analysis of EHDI Services
LEND trainees from the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC - Chapel Hill, attended the national EHDI Conference in San Diego, March 13-15, 2016, where they presented a poster entitled: "Regional Analysis of EHDI Outcomes in North Carolina." The EHDI acronym, which stands for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, represents the systems of care responsible for screening, diagnosis, and intervention for infants with congenital or early onset hearing loss. EHDI programs across the nation have committed themselves to the "1-3-6 goals" of screening infants for hearing loss no later than one month of age with diagnosis no later than three months of age and intervention no later than six months of age. Remarkable progress has been made over the past 20 years since newborn hearing screening has developed into a standard of care but challenges remain, especially with regard to timely diagnosis and intervention.