Self-Advocates in LEND


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Self-Advocates in LEND (SAIL) is open to current LEND trainees and LEND alumni who identify as people with disabilities.


History: SAIL was formerly the PWD Peer Subcommittee. The subcommittee was formed for peer-to-peer network support between current and former LEND Self-Advocate trainees. Self-Advocate trainees, are at times, the only one in their discipline, and it can feel isolating. This group can help connect current and former Self-Advocate trainees across the network through virtual meetings and social media. In January 2022, the subcommittee decided to become it's own workgroup and voted on the name Self-Advocates in LEND. 


Purpose: The purpose of SAIL is to provide a safe space for self-advocate trainees and alumni to:

  • connect with other self-advocates across the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) network;
  • learn mentoring and problem-solving skills with their peers;
  • share about their projects and LEND program; and,
  • maintain connections long after their LEND training has concluded.



Co-Chairs: Edward Esbeck, Iowa LEND and Rebecca Lloyd, Delaware LEND

Steering Committee: Jairo Arana, Mailman Center, Robin Ennis, Colorado LEND, Melanie Davis, Nebraska, Kiki Godfrey, UC Davis MIND Institute and Michael Thornton, Arkansas LEND.


Meetings: SAIL meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern Time, in February, April, June, August, October, and a special meeting during the AUCD conference. SAIL List of Meetings


For more information or to be added to the listserve, please email the AUCD staff liaison, Jeanette Córdova, at [email protected].