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Seeking talented trainees for AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship

Mary Ball, M.A. LSC, and Cassandra Olmstead, M.A.,


Two Iowa LEND Trainees Recognized with Annual Healy Award

The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD, Iowa's UCEDD) is proud to announce that Mary Ball, M.A. LSC, and Cassandra Olmstead, M.A., are the 2020 recipients of the Alfred Healy Leadership Award in Developmental Disabilities. Ball and Olmstead were members of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities program (ILEND).



Va-LEND Thrives Amid COVID-19

Presentation and discussion of research posters and leadership presentations herald the end of the Va-LEND program for the academic year at Virginia Commonwealth University. They are typically lively events marked by discussion, acknowledgement of trainee achievements, and fellowship. This year was very different due to the commonwealth's response to COVID-19 and need to socially distance.



Office of Postsecondary Education Recruiting Peer Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs is currently recruiting peer reviewers to evaluate applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program.



WIHD Conducts Virtual Training with First-year Medical School Students

Karen Millman, LEND Family Partnership Training Coordinator/LEND Family Faculty, at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, in partnership with Jeanne Wilson, M.D. Course Director, "Foundations of Clinical Medicine", at New York Medical College held a 'virtual' joint training session on 4/22, for first-year medical school students. The session is typically held every year in-person, in the Spring, on the campus of NYMC, but due to COVID-19, this year the session was held via Zoom.



UNMC MMI UCEDD Hosts Nebraska Statewide Disability Leadership Training

The Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities program (MMI UCEDD) has hosted Disability Leadership training series across the state, including the communities of Omaha, Scottsbluff, Norfolk, Kearney and Grand Island. This training series is a partnership between UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities Program and several Nebraska disabilities programs; in addition, it has been funded by the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Whitney Terrill, MNLEND Community Fellow


MN LEND Fellows Use Their Training in COVID-19 Response

The MN LEND Fellows at the Institute on Community Integration shared stories of how their work is being impacted by the pandemic.



During Unprecedented Times, Kansas LEND Emerging Leaders Take Action

There was a call for action - and Kansas LEND trainees responded. As a statewide Stay at Home Order was announced in Kansas in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Kansas LEND trainees were quick to create and disseminate resources for Kansans with disabilities and their families.



North Carolina LEND Audiology Trainees Receive Poster Award at Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference

Four NC-LEND students from the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received an award for �best poster' at the national 2020 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in March. The ongoing project, which is focused on improving hearing screening in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), is a collaboration between NC-LEND and the North Carolina EHDI program, NC Division of Public Health.



South Dakota LEND Participates in Legislative Session

On February 9th and 10th twelve SD LEND Trainees traveled to South Dakota's state capitol Pierre to observe policy in action. Dr. Marni Johnson Martin, SD LEND Training Director, states, "I am thrilled we are able to offer this opportunity to our LEND trainees as it gives them real-world experience with the legislative process. I feel they came away from the experience much more vested in the process and understand how truly important their voices are. I hope someday I will have the honor and privilege of voting for one of our trainees when they run for office."



MN LEND Teams Launch Projects

Hosting a film series and discussions exploring cultural responses to autism. Asking families what services they need most. Evaluating and expanding a promising mentoring program.

Kristen Kessler (MN LEND, 2015-17), MD, MPD


Alumni Update--Kristen Kessler (MN LEND, 2015-17), Pediatrician

As insurers lower barriers to telehealth amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kristen Kessler (MN LEND, 2015-17), MD, MPD, is making strides in supporting children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.



Indiana LEND offers online reflective practice opportunities for state's Part C providers amid Coronavirus outbreak

The Riley Child Development Center's LEND is partnering with Indiana's Part C program, First Steps, and infant mental health association, Infancy Onward, to offer free online reflective practice opportunities beginning this week. The groups are facilitated by RCDC-LEND faculty and regional partners who are infant mental health specialists



1Health Adds MN LEND

The MNLEND fellowship program was accepted as a designated 1Health Interprofessional Activity, the University of Minnesota's interprofessional education curriculum initiative that brings together students from a wide range of health-related disciplines. 1Health challenges medical, dental, social work, public health and other students to cultivate skills in teamwork, communication, and collaborative care.



Supporting Minnesota Jobseekers with Disabilities

Workers with disabilities are posting record-low jobless rates amid a strong economy, but they lag their co-workers without disabilities in both jobs and pay, and many of them live in poverty. Many also struggle to move beyond facility-based employment programs that originally promised to be a bridge to competitive employment, and the ones who did find jobs are largely clustered in low-paid occupations.

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