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.




Former LEND trainees participate in discussion panel (NY LEND)

New York Medical College student-created organization CONFIDDE (Collegiate Organization for Further Intellectual and Developmental Disability Education) hosted a panel discussion to discuss topics of self-advocacy, healthcare accessibility and communication with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The panel included professionals from the healthcare field, family members and a self-advocate. Of the 5 panelists, 4 were former WIHD LEND Trainees.


Harolyn Belcher Appointed to Leadership Position in LEND Program

Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS, was recently appointed associate director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Belcher is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and research scientist at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She has been the director of research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center since 2003.


WIHD NY LEND Trainees graduate

The WIHD LEND Training Program conducted its Graduation on May 7, 2015. The 19 Trainees in the Class of 2015 were joined by faculty, mentors, LEND alumni, family and friends in marking their accomplishments during a poster session, the graduation ceremony and a celebratory luncheon. Congratulations on a fantastic year!


The DD Act Partners: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

wrote a letter to express dissatisfaction with the cuts to DD programs in FY 2016 Appropriations Bill
pdf File DD Act program cuts letter to Senate - final.pdf [download]

UNH Institute on Disability's RENEW Program begins a 4 year evaluation Process with Grant (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The Institute on Disability (IOD)at the University of New Hampshire is part of a research team led by the University of Vermont that has received a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the Institute of Education Science's National Center for Education Research to conduct a multisite randomized control trial of the RENEW intervention. The Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) model, developed by IOD staff in 1996, is a promising individualized intervention for high school students with significant mental health challenges.


AUCD Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint

This one-year initiative is funded by AIDD to enhance diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students; cultivate partnerships; respond to increasingly diverse communities across the country; and develop strategies for continuing efforts.


Transition Fair: Passport to a Healthy Future (OR LEND)

On Saturday, May 30th the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) sponsored the 2nd annual Transition Fair: Passport to a Healthy Future at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the South Waterfront. With roughly 150 participants, 30 vendors, and seven guest speakers, this year's Transition Fair was a huge success.