Found: 114 Resources

Resource Title Published Date Affiliation
2023-2024 Emerging Leaders Community Welcome Webinar
Join us on Tuesday, November 28th from 5 pm-6 pm EST to learn about the Emerging Leaders Community and how you fit within the AUCD Network. Presenters will share resources and opportunities to help you make the most of your traineeship! Former trainees or fellows are also encouraged to attend.
11/14/2023 2023/14/11
The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network Presents: Introduction of the LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies
The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network (LSDN) aims to strengthen the Self-Advocacy discipline across the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) network by supporting self-advocate trainees and faculty, developing best practices, and providing leadership opportunities across the LEND network. The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies are a product of the LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network.
10/31/2023 2023/31/10
NTDC Presents: Developing Inclusive Training Programs Through Universal Design for Learning
Join us for an interactive discussion on universal design for learning (UDL) and learn how your program can develop a more inclusive training approach by applying UDL principles. The panel will highlight two training programs in the AUCD Network with experience applying UDL in their work. Come prepared with questions and plan to participate in a facilitated activity! We highly encourage training programs to come ready to share their program's approach to UDL and/or bring a document or resource on which they would like to get feedback on from a UDL lens.
10/31/2023 2023/31/10
Fostering Joy for Audiologists: Why and How to Embrace a "Joy Lens" in Working with Families
This presentation introduced the LEND Audiology Fellows to the Fostering Joy movement, which aims to promote positive engagement between families and their deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) children, and to bolster professionals' ability to emphasize joy in the work that they do with children who are DHH. The presentation included descriptions of Fostering Joy and the science behind why doing so is important. It also offered suggestions for audiologists interested in embracing a "joy lens" in their work.
10/31/2023 2023/31/10
Medicaid Education 101 for Trainees: Learn About Medicaid and Home and Community Based Services
AUCD hosted an educational webinar for trainees to learn about the structure and financing of the Medicaid program and Home and Community-Based Services. The speakers provided an overview of the Medicaid program and its structure and financing. The webinar also provided an overview of what is happening in Congress and the Administration regarding the Medicaid program.
10/31/2023 2023/31/10
Family Support 101: Understanding Policies that Support Family and Family Caregivers for Trainees.
AUCD is hosting a webinar for trainees to learn about policies that support family and family caregivers. The participants will learn an overview and history of family support, current needs of families and family caregivers and policies and practices of Respite.
10/25/2023 2023/25/10
Save The Date: LEND Lived Experience Virtual Summit
We are excited to announce the date for the LEND Lived Experience Summit! The summit will be held via Zoom on Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2024, from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Eastern Time. The LEND Self-Advocate Discipline Network and LEND Family Discipline Network voted to join forces for future summits to showcase the work and best practices in both LEND disciplines.
10/20/2023 2023/20/10
Updated Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies!

Message from the Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development:

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of MCH Workforce Development is proud to announce an update to the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies! The MCH Leadership Competencies help equip the MCH workforce with the knowledge, skills, personal characteristics, and values to improve the health of MCH populations.

08/21/2023 AUCD
AIR-P LEND Seminar Series

The AIR-P LEND Seminar Series explains the six AIR-P Research Nodes, current gaps in research, and aims to streamline the research to practice pipeline within that node’s research area. This resource will guide LEND programs in incorporating this content into future curricula so that LEND trainees may gain relevant and significant knowledge related to improving the physical health and quality of life for autistic individuals.

07/10/2023 AUCD/UCLA
LEND-related vocabulary list for AAC users (trainees, faculty, etc)

LEND-related vocabulary for AAC users

06/22/2023 OHSU LEND
2023 Emerging Leaders End of Year Webinar

This webinar celebrated the end of the academic year and shared professional development tips with outgoing and continuing trainees in the Emerging Leaders Community, including advice on staying engaged with the AUCD network.

05/17/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Fostering Joy for Audiologists: Why and How to Embrace a "Joy Lens" in Working with Families

This presentation introduced the LEND Audiology Fellows to the Fostering Joy movement, which aims to promote positive engagement between families and their deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) children, and to bolster professionals' ability to emphasize joy in the work that they do with children who are DHH.

05/02/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Dually Diagnosed: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Autism and Hearing Loss

When a child who is deaf or hard of hearing also presents as autistic, what can audiologists do to promote appropriate care? 

05/01/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
April 2023: Autism Acceptance Month

AUCD, our members, and partners have used the month of April as an opportunity to share information relating to Autism Spectrum (AS). This month has traditionally been framed as Autism Awareness Month. AUCD shifted its language from "Awareness" to "Acceptance" in 2019.

04/30/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
2023 Disability Policy Seminar Orientation and Policy Education 101 Workshop: Preparing to Educate Policymakers in DC and at Home

This workshop helped trainees learn how to educate policymakers in DC and at home. It also taught trainees how to connect their experience and expertise to policy.

04/12/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Building a Lifespan Socialization Curriculum

This presentation will discuss clinical and research approaches for developmentally anchored social skills supports across the lifespan.

04/06/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
2023 AUCD Leadership Academy Informational Webinar

This webinar will offer interested potential applicants an opportunity to interact with the AUCD Leadership Academy faculty. The webinar will feature a brief overview of the 2023 Academy curriculum and timeline.

02/01/2023 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Prepared4ALL: Whole Community Inclusive Emergency Planning

The Prepared4ALL training aims to mobilize disability organizations and their networks to foster connections with emergency and public health professionals to build trust, create sustainable relationships, and get a seat at the emergency planning table. 

01/01/2023 Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Rapid Interactive Screening Test for Autism in Toddlers (RITA-T)

The RITA-T is a Level 2 screening test: it is to be administered on young children identified as at risk for ASD or who scored positive on a Level 1 screening test or providers are worried about.

01/01/2023 University of Massachusetts Medical School-Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Solution Focused Learning: A LEND Application of Problem-based Learning

We conduct quarterly solution focused learning (SFL) sessions, which are an application of problem-based learning, with a local family with a child or teen with a disability. Through these class sessions, trainees research most of the content areas required or recommended by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 

01/01/2023 University of Arkansas Medical Center
Training Strategies for Synchronous Distance Learning

The Utah Regional LEND, or URLEND, covers five states including Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. The URLEND learning approach includes a year-long series of didactic seminars, a collaborative leadership project assignment, and a broad array of clinical services.

01/01/2023 Utah State University URLEND

As part of the Collaborative Quality Improvement Planning in LEND and DBP Programs*, project trainees and faculty completed StrengthsFinder as part of a year-long leadership development exercise. Dominant talents were identified, and the potential to develop strengths was discussed individually and as a LEND cohort, working together on varied teams during the year. 

01/01/2023 Ohio State University Medical Center
Portrayal of People with Disabilites

"Words have power. Self-advocates with intellectual disabilities have clearly stated that negative language leads to harmful action, discrimination, abuse, negative stereotypes, disenfranchisement, and violence...words and labels can cause others to think that people with intellectual disabilities are not able to achieve the things that others can achieve."


01/01/2023 Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network Presents: Introduction of the LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs must include individuals with disabilities as Self-Advocate trainees as a distinct discipline alongside graduate students, family members, and community trainees. Self-Advocates offer an invaluable perspective in the scope of the training: the lived experience of disability.

12/01/2022 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies

The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Competencies is a product of the LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network (LSDN), formerly known as the Purposeful Inclusion of People with Disabilities (PWD) Workgroup. Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs must include individuals with disabilities as Self-Advocate trainees as a distinct discipline alongside graduate students, family members, and community trainees. Self-Advocates offer an invaluable perspective in the scope of the training: the lived experience of disability.

11/09/2022 The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network
PacWest Learning Modules: Cultural Crossroads in Disabilities

The PacWest LEND Regional Consortium created a series of learning modules on cultural crossroads in disabilities. Each learning module has an accessible PDF, video description, and discussion questions/reflections with facilitator talking points. 

10/31/2022 PacWest LEND Regional Consortium
LEND Family Mentorship Models

Every Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program is unique and offers different academic, clinical, leadership, and community opportunities. This also includes different approaches to family-professional partnerships and training on family-centered care.  

08/25/2022 Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Life After LEND Panel: Engaging Families, Self-Advocates, Former Trainees and Faculty in Collaborative Efforts

Join us for an interactive discussion exploring alumni trainee engagement strategies. The panel will feature former trainees currently serving as LEND program faculty/staff.

05/13/2022 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Warning Signs of Suicide and Crisis Supports for Autistic People

Suicide is a leading cause of death in autistic people. Autistic people have significantly higher rates of suicidal thoughts, suicidal behaviors, and deaths by suicide than the general public.

04/28/2022 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
What You Need to Know About Autism, Health Insurance, and Mental Health Parity Law

In some states and at the federal level, multiple laws offer significant benefits to individuals with autism seeking insurance coverage for evidence-based care.

04/20/2022 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
2022 Post-EHDI LEND Workshop: Adaptability in an Ever-Changing EHDI Environment 

This workshop will introduce LEND pediatric audiology trainees to the various challenges of effectively serving children with hearing loss (including those with additional disabilities) and their families.

04/04/2022 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Self-Advocacy Training Series for LEND Programs

AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, is hosting a series of virtual trainings for LEND Programs in October 2021 related to self-advocacy. 

10/21/2021 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
Fabric not Fringe Webinar Series

The LEND Family Discipline Network (LFDN), in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC), is sponsoring a four-part webinar series during the month of May. Topics are based on the LFDN's 2019 white paper, "Fabric not Fringe: Weaving Family Involvement throughout Training and Practice for Professionals and Advocates Working with Individuals with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs."

05/25/2021 Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center
DisCrit Leader/Organization/Analysis

This activity will facilitate learning about identity politics and DisCrit, which is a dual analysis of race and ability: Dis/ability Critical Race Studies, also known as DisCrit. This analysis will let students explore connections between interdependent constructions of race and dis/ability in education and within society. 

05/03/2021 Virginia Commonwealth University
Improving the Prenatal Diagnosis Experience and Long-Term Patient Outcomes

This course is for medical and genetics professionals and students to better understand the outcomes for people with Down syndrome and other genetic conditions impacted by improved access to support and services over the past 50 years. 

02/26/2021 University of Kentucky
AUCD Equity, Diversity and Inclusion HUB

AUCD's Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit provides concrete objectives, strategies, and resources to help you realize your diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence goals. Strategies and resources are aligned with the roles of three specific audiences: federal agencies, national organizations, and university-based centers and programs. Many others may benefit as well.

09/01/2020 AUCD
Look-Back form for Family Trainees in LEND Clinics

Although the form asks whether or not the trainee related to the family as a peer, there is actually limited opportunity for that to occur during the course of the busy clinic. This challenge, then, is helping me, as the training coordinator, to think of ways to work with the clinic so that develops. Just having the information from the trainee in this format allows us to continue the conversation about improving family-centered care.


01/01/2020 Ohio Health and Science University
Pre-training, Post-training and Retrospective Pre-training Program Evaluation Sample

During the first week of the academic year, all trainees complete a self-assessment of their level of competence with the MCHB Interdisciplinary Leadership Core Competencies to evaluate their baseline knowledge.. 

01/01/2020 University of Iowa LEND
Effective Communication for Interdisciplinary Teaming

In this assignment, trainees share out loud the assignment they prepared in advance of class (see below). The purpose of the activity is to highlight how the use of discipline-specific jargon and acronyms can interfere with communication on an interdisciplinary team. 

10/29/2019 The University of Ohio Health Science Center
LEND Community Agency Project

The purpose of the LEND Community Agency Project is for trainees to gain knowledge of programs that serve persons with disabilities and their families and gain experience in interviewing and evaluating services.


09/01/2019 University of New Mexico
UW LEND All Reads Online Book Club for Families as Mentors

UW LEND All Reads Online Book Club for Families as Mentors

We have had a strong Families as Mentors program that consistently reached 25-40% of our trainees. Seeking to impact more trainees, we piloted this on-line book club as a required activity for our 2019-2020 cohort.

08/01/2019 University of Washington
Levels of Training for ASD Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment

The purpose of this document is to outline the training experiences for interdisciplinary trainees at various levels of intensity and specific focus on our goal of increasing the ability of interdisciplinary professionals to rule out and/or diagnose ASD.

06/01/2019 University of Alabama Birmingham
Postsecondary Apprenticeship Pilot for Youth (PAYCheck)

The PAYCheck program is an innovative collaboration between LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC), Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, public school systems, public Charter school associations, and the University Medical Center-New Orleans.

05/06/2019 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Development of the Family-centered Autism Navigation (Family CAN) Milwaukee Link Program

The Wisconsin LEND: Milwaukee Link program is a satellite program of the Madison-based LEND program that is offered at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an extension of the Wisconsin LEND program, Milwaukee Link trainees have the opportunity to engage in leadership training focused on enhancing service delivery for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities with ethnic and/or economic diversity. Research experiences are an integral part of a trainee's leadership development.


05/03/2019 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Family Teams Of Young Adults With Disabilities And Their Parents And Siblings As Trainers For Medical Students

As part of a medical school course, Foundations of Clinical Medicine 1 at New York Medical College, students attend a half-day activity focused on family and person-centered care. They first receive a didactic session on the topic and then attend small group breakouts each facilitated by a "family team" who share their journey and perspective on family-centered care. 

03/13/2019 Westchester Institute for Human Development
Workshop on the Intersection of Culture and Diversity

For future workshops, the planning group will consider having panelists be a part of small group discussions. This would allow trainees to dive deeper into specific topics and increase the likelihood that these discussions will continue beyond the workshop (since everyone will be attending the EHDI Meeting in subsequent days).


01/18/2019 ITAC
Hawai'i LEND Scavenger Hunt

The purpose of the activity is to have Trainees familiarize themselves with the navigational challenges of statutorily funded programs and agencies that serve children with special health care needs. 

01/01/2019 Hawai'i LEND
The Adult Health Case-Based Modules

The modules are designed to build knowledge about the adult phase of the life course continuum of health and health care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities (ID). 

04/20/2018 Westchester Institute for Human Development
Clinical Research Training through Facing Your Fears, a treatment protocol for ASD and co-occurring anxiety

Over the last 15 years, trainees have participated in all aspects of the clinical research development process for the Facing Your Fears (FYF) treatment protocol. FYF is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based program aimed toward youth with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders who need assistance managing anxiety symptoms that interfere with daily life. 

03/16/2018 University of Colorado Denver
Clinical and Research Training through Transitioning Together (TT) and Working Together (WT) programs for Adolescents with ASD

While the transition to adulthood is extremely stressful for families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there are few evidence-based interventions available for families. The Transitioning Together (TT) and Working Together (WT) programs aim to fill that gap and provide families with high-quality interventions that can assist in educating and supporting families throughout this transition.


01/30/2018 Waisman Center and Minnesota LEND
Leadership and Policy Experience by New Hampshire-Maine LEND

All trainees in the New Hampshire-Maine LEND program complete a Leadership and Policy Experience during the Spring semester. 

01/01/2018 New Hampshire - Maine LEND Program
Families, Disability and Culture: A Web-Based Guide to Curriculum Development

The website ("Families, Disability and Culture: A Guide to Developing Training Curriculum on Families, Disability, and Culture for Trainees and MCH Professionals") is designed to help scale-up family-centered / family-directed practices and cultural competency at the individual and organizational level. 

10/02/2017 Westchester Institute for Human Development
LEND Audiology Trainee Policy Workshop

This activity was designed to teach LEND audiology trainees about policy needs and influences at both the state and national level. Its purpose was to develop an understanding of how policy influences practice in the area of newborn hearing screening and how policies are developed or altered.

11/28/2016 AUCD
Case-Based Workshop on Serving Children with Hearing Loss and Additional Disabilities

This workshop aimed to introduce LEND audiology trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving children with hearing loss and additional disabilities in an interdisciplinary context.

03/13/2016 2016/13/03
Introduction to Leadership

This set of interactive learning activities asks trainees to explore the concept of leadership. They are asked to self-reflect, read literature, engage in conversations with colleagues, watch a short video, and create a visual representation of themselves as leaders.

01/01/2016 Westchester Institute for Human Development
Linking Hands: A Community-Based Family Mentorship Experience

The Boston LEND Program provides a family mentorship experience to all of our Fellows through a program we call "Linking Hands."  This program helps raise awareness among Fellows about the impact that caring for a child with special health care needs has on families.  

10/30/2015 Childrens Harvard LEND Program
Social Narratives for Clinic Visits

In children with developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders, a visit to an interdisciplinary clinic for evaluation or treatment can cause anxiety. Two Iowa LEND trainees have developed social narratives for each discipline in our clinic. 

10/30/2015 University of Iowa LEND
AUCD Disability Acronym Dictionary

To orient trainees to the world of disabilities and the "alphabet soup" of lingo, trainees are encouraged to visit the AUCD Disability Acronym Dictionary and become familiar with the entries. This page may be useful for trainees to continue referring to throughout the year as they explore new topics, learn about other disciplines, read articles, and write grants.

10/30/2015 2015/30/10
Life Course Game: Adapted to Reflect Unique Population

Using the Life Course Game created by CityMatCH and Contra Costa Health Services is an excellent way to encourage students to think about the impact of health disparities that begin in childhood but last a lifetime. The UNM Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Faculty asked students to develop game components (biographies, red and green cards) that reflect the unique issues of living in a rural state and at altitude for children with pulmonary conditions. 

10/16/2015 University of New Mexico Pediatric Pulmonary Center
Introduction to the MCH Competencies

This set of interactive learning activities introduces new LEND trainees to the MCHB Leadership Competencies.

10/15/2015 Westchester Institute for Human Development
"Values in Disabilities" LEND Summer Reading Assignment

In order to work effectively with and on behalf of children and adults with disabilities and family members, leaders must develop skills for (and a commitment to) being attuned to the viewpoint, rights, and perspectives of people with disabilities and their families. This assignment is one of several LEND experiences designed to help trainees accomplish this goal.

10/15/2015 Westchester Institute for Human Development
Developmental Network Exercise: An Overview of Mentoring and Developmental Networks

Developmental Networks are a framework for career development and mentoring defined and valued by academic business leaders David Thomas, Kathy Kram, Monica Higgins, and others. This Developmental Network Mapping Exercise can be used by faculty and trainees to analyze their current networks' strengths and limitations and promote career development. 

10/15/2015 Boston LEAH Project - Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Indian Health Services and Border Community Experiences: Potential Interview Questions for Border Community and Indian Health Services Experiences

The Tohono O'odham Nation covers 4,454 square miles in Southern Arizona.  It is the second largest reservation in Arizona and the third largest in the United States.  The nation is made up of 11 districts and claims 28,000 tribal members. 

10/15/2015 University of Arizona
Medical Home in Pediatrics: The HOW TO Webinar Series

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) have hosted a free, four-part webinar series on effectively delivering care through the medical home model. 

09/24/2015 American Academy of Pediatrics and National Center for Medical Home Implementation
Effective Advocacy for Maternal and Child Health Issues in Indiana and Beyond

This workshop provides an overview of public policy and advocacy.  

09/24/2015 Indiana University
Team Projects- Jefferson County Board of Education Continuing Education Event

Most health care, especially pediatrics, is team-based; therefore, teamwork is an essential skill for the trainees to learn. Trainees are expected to work together. There is a didactic education on "crucial conversations" at the beginning of the spring semester. 

09/23/2015 University of Alabama PPC
Trainees Shadowing and Interviewing Leaders

In the spring term, trainees attend a weekly two-hour interdisciplinary leadership seminar. The primary focus of this seminar is on the MCH Leadership Competencies of (1) Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, (2) Ethics and Professionalism, (3) Policy & Advocacy, and (4) Working with Communities & Systems.


09/23/2015 Kennedy Krieger Institute
Autism Policy Case Discussions: Case Roots for Small Group Discussions from CAAI Meeting

In May of 2013, a Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) meeting was held in Washington, DC. CAAI attendees representing LEND, DBP, Research, and State grantee programs participated in several small group discussions centered around the meeting themes of quality improvement efforts in our states, programs, and research, improving access, and integrating our efforts. The cases discussed were at the "big picture" public health/policy level.

05/01/2015 Westchester Institute for Human Development
ICI LEND: Increasing Trainee Awareness of Title V Programs at the MA Department of Public Health

The focus of the LEND program is to increase the trainees' awareness of Title V activities at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

01/01/2015 Childrens Harvard LEND Program
Development of Six Case-Based Learning Modules

In spring 2012, faculty brainstormed about making our curriculum for first-year fellows more interactive and interdisciplinary. We decided upon using the case-based learning (CBL) approach and structured six cases, each taught over a one-month (4-5 week) time period, with weekly seminars (1-2 hours long), starting in October and ending in May. 

10/30/2014 Boston Childrens Hospital LEAH Program
Using Developmental Networks for Interdisciplinary Mentoring and Career Development

Mentorship has been positively associated with career development and productivity. To meet current challenges, new models of mentorship have transitioned from the reliance on the dyadic (single mentor-mentee pair) and hierarchical (mentor is senior to mentee) framework to Developmental Networks. 

01/01/2014 Boston Children's Hospital/ LEAH
Writing Effective Policy Briefs Workshop

Trainees/Fellows in the UW LEND Program at the University of Washington, Center on Human Development and Disability, participated in a fall workshop on advocacy and policy development.  

10/28/2013 University of Washington
Colorado LEND Family Mentorship Program: Family-Focused Advocacy Organization Interview

One of the most important aspects of life with disabilities is a family's ability to reach out and create a network of support from the resources in the community.  

The Advocacy Organization Interview is useful for trainees to learn more about how family-focused advocacy organizations help families of children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs. 


09/01/2013 JFK Partners, University of Colorado
Colorado LEND Family Mentorship Experience

The Colorado LEND Family Discipline program was introduced in 2009 to provide comprehensive training on the most important aspects of the family experience. In the Family Mentoring program, principles of family-centered care and professional recommendations are tested, as trainees and fellows acquire a real-world taste of parenting a child with a disability.


09/01/2013 JFK Partners, University of Colorado
Incorporating Life Course Theory and Social Determinants of Health into the LEND Curriculum

This paper aims to describe strategies for revising LEND curricula to incorporate a stronger focus on life course theory and social determinants of health (LCT/SDOH).

07/14/2013 Westchester Institute for Human Development
Problem-Based Workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Loss

At the 2014 EHDI Annual Meeting (Jacksonville, Fla.), LEND audiology trainees from multiple programs participated in a problem-based workshop that focused on the intersection of Autism Spectrum Disorder and hearing loss.  


04/13/2013 Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced-based, family-oriented behavioral therapy for children aged 2-6 years with primary or secondary disruptive behavior problems. In contrast to traditional parent training approaches, caregivers in PCIT interact with their children in one room while the therapist observes from behind a one-way mirror and uses a Bluetooth-type device to coach parents using specific skills with their children.


03/02/2013 University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Mailman Center LEND Training Program Syllabus - Friday Noon Series

A one-hour interdisciplinary leadership seminar is held weekly to address specific MCH, special education, leadership, NDD/CSHCN issues, cultural competency, and advocacy. 

01/01/2013 Mailman Center
Maternal Child Health (MCH) Library

The MCH Library houses a collection of historical documents and reports on maternal and child health in the United States and health services for children and families.

A particular focus is programs of the federal government, including activities of the Children's Bureau and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services under Title V of the Social Security Act.


12/27/2012 2012/27/12
Transition Clinic

We have several clinics with model transition clinics and multidisciplinary teams. The cystic fibrosis pediatric and adult clinics meet twice a month for a joint meeting to discuss clients ready to transition to the adult clinic. 

12/27/2012 Kansas University Medical Center
Pilot Visiting Scholar Protocol (VSP)

The Pilot AUCD Visiting Scholar Protocol (VSP) is a guide for trainees who may be interested in engaging in a short- or long-term visit to AUCD member centers and programs, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) or Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Programs (LENDs) outside of their home center or program.

11/30/2012 UNC Caroline Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Policy Team Learning Assignment and Trainee Report-back on Assignment

This assignment is designed to provide trainees with a more in-depth experience in examining the policy process, current issues, and specific pieces of legislation that affect the lives of individuals with developmental and related disabilities.

10/23/2012 Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center
Disability Policy Team Learning Assignment

Rationale for Policy/Advocacy Session: To provide trainees with a more in-depth experience in examining the policy process, current issues, and specific pieces of legislation that affect the lives of individuals with developmental and related disabilities. 

10/23/2012 Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center
LEND Team Assignment on Disability Policy

Rationale for Policy/Advocacy Session

To provide trainees with a more in-depth experience in examining the policy process, current issues, and specific pieces of legislation that affect the lives of individuals with developmental and related disabilities. 

10/23/2012 Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center
Developmental Disabilities: Evaluation, Assessment, Families and Systems

This is a 15-week course offered through the Boston LEND program and other area universities. The course focuses on interdisciplinary teamwork within the field of developmental disabilities to assist children and their families. 

09/01/2012 Childrens Harvard LEND Program
AUCD Interdisciplinary Trainee Handbook and Materials

The AUCD Trainee Handbook is intended to be used to support AUCD network trainees with a variety of learning goals. This document will provide a consistent approach to accessing information about the network, its history, our federal partners, and the rich resources available to trainees. This handbook is considered a supplement to Trainee Handbooks provided at local programs.

Training Directors are encouraged to:

  1. Have trainees read the Trainee Handbook
  2. Have trainees complete the accompanying quiz and reflection questions
  3. Have trainees discuss the quiz and reflection questions one-on-one with their faculty mentor, training director, or in a large group with faculty and fellow trainees.
08/24/2012 Indiana University and Purdue University
Policy and Advocacy: A Curriculum for thoughtful leaders

Trainees come to Cincinnati LEND with a wide range of policy and advocacy experience, exposure, and interest. The policy and advocacy curriculum is designed to provide all trainees with an understanding of the legislative process and the policy issues impacting people with disabilities, including the training and support to actively educate policymakers. 

08/01/2012 Cincinnati Children's
Medical Home Competencies for LEND Trainees

The ultimate goal of a medical home is to ensure better care coordination through interdisciplinary team participation. It is essential for LEND trainees to understand the core tenets of medical home and how they can apply it to their respective fields to ensure high-quality work as part of a team.


03/26/2012 Utah State University
Emerging Transformational Leadership Program (ETLP)

ETLP is designed to help select individuals reach their potential as individual leaders who transform systems of care for people with developmental disabilities. 

07/01/2011 Mailman Center
Individualized Advocacy Project (IAP) from Florida LEND

Many trainees tend to be focused on clinical aspects when first starting out on their IAP. They don't have the background knowledge and/or exposure to systems-level change. To help broaden trainees' perspective, Mailman Center has hired a public health instructor to show trainees different frameworks and ways to create a systems level change. They have implemented an advocacy module and guide that provides background.


01/01/2011 Mailman Center
Article: Julia Lathrop and the Children's Bureau

This article describes the landmark contributions made to the field of Maternal and Child Health by Julia Lathrop, Director of the Children's Bureau in 1912. Trainees may be assigned to read this article as they begin to understand the history and legacy of the MCH Bureau as well as the field of MCH.

09/30/2010 2010/30/09
Promising Practices in Family Mentorship

Many LEND programs include a Family Mentorship component in which trainees are paired with families of children with disabilities or teen self-advocates and join them in everyday activities.  This document describes several versions of the mentorship pairing, requirements of different programs/trainees/families, and things to consider when creating or redesigning a family mentorship component of the LEND experience.

04/23/2006 Association of University Centers on Disabilities
MHDD Training Modules

We are committed to promoting access to quality mental health care for individuals with developmental disabilities. This is available through accessible training content that centers around the needs and voices of individuals with disabilities. The training modules below are stacked to build each lesson on another. You can do them in any order you prefer if you are only looking for specific information.

University of Kentucky
How to Create an E-Portfolio Video from VCU

Think about it! Where do you keep all your professional stuff: CEUs you've collected, certifications, or pictures from the fantastic PTA program you helped organize? Chances are some pieces are at home, work, or perhaps you have them in a binder on your shelf. You are not alone! Historically, professionals have used bulky binders, folders, or a combination of the two as a repository for assignments, projects, and products they have developed. Check out this video to see the benefits of throwing out the paper and creating an electronic portfolio. 

Virginia Commonwealth University
Introduction to the MCH Competencies from WIHD

This set of interactive learning activities introduced new LEND trainees to the MCHB Leadership Competencies.

Westchester Institute for Human Development
Life Course Theory and Social Determinants of Health Introductory Assignment and Session

The LEND program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development and the University of Cincinnati developed an introductory assignment and session on Life Course Theory and Social Determinants of Health (LCT-SDOH) that is offered via web conference jointly to the trainees in both programs.  A self-learning assignment on LCT-SDOH (basics and discussion board assignment) start things off.  This is followed by an in-class session (see PowerPoint) that includes small group breakout discussions about the impact of social stressors and difficult life circumstances on children and families. 


University of Cincinnati, UCEDD/LEND
How LCT-SDOH have been Incorporated into the LEND Family Partnerships Practicum Experiences and Curriculum Module at WIHD

The LEND Program at WIHD has incorporated Life Course Theory / Social Determinants of Health elements into its Family Mentorship home-visiting experience, the Family-focused Disability Organization Interview, and the Family Partnerships Curriculum Module. The goal is to help trainees develop a deeper understanding of the family as the environment in which children grow and develop and to provide trainees an opportunity to listen to and reflect upon what families share about support systems and how cultural and social issues impact the acceptance and inclusion of children with disabilities in family and community life. 

Westchester Institute for Human Development
Child Advocacy Training Module for LEND Trainees Syllabus

The LEND program at the Mailman Center for Child Development encourages innovation through individual and group advocacy projects. 

Mailman Center
Iowa Parents as Mentors Program Flyer

A key feature of the Iowa LEND program is the Parents as Mentors (PAM) experience, which matches each trainee with a family who has a child with special needs. In the PAM program, parents become the teachers and provide insight into family life and perspectives as they spend time with the trainees in their homes and communities.

University of Iowa LEND
Leadership Seminars - Array of Perspectives

We hold monthly leadership seminars where leaders in the field of maternal and child health come speak with our trainees about their personal leadership philosophies and experiences. We include leaders at the local, state, and federal levels for various perspectives.


University of South Florida Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program
Observations Across Disciplines Description and Assignments

Familiarity with evaluations carried out by multiple disciplines supports communication between disciplines and interdisciplinary team building. Active observation of experienced clinicians allows beginning professionals to learn strategies for family-centered practice and skilled communication. 

Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center
Family Mentoring Project LEND Trainee Manual by Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center

The purpose of the Family Mentoring Project (FMP) is for LEND trainees to gain a better understanding of the issues involved in raising a child with a disability and the value of forming collaborative partnerships with the families they serve.

Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center
Life Course Theory-Social Determinants of Health Discussion Board Assignment

Woven into the LEND Curriculum are the key focus areas of Life Course Theory (LCT) and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). 

Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center
Life Course Web Page and Resources

The resources found on this webpage are intended to introduce and reinforce the life course perspective. They have been designed and organized by an interdisciplinary workgroup of leadership training programs. The target audiences for these resources include students, trainees, and faculty of training programs funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth: Disability History Timeline Resource and Discussion Guide

Although it was designed for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities, the Disability History Timeline and related activities can be used to educate a broader audience. Trainees may be assigned to read through this timeline and complete the three discussion worksheets (included at the end of the linked .pdf document) either alone or in small groups.

AUCD Social Media Connections

Connecting with other trainees of similar and diverse backgrounds, disciplines, locations, and experiences can be a valuable experience for trainees to broaden their horizons and think critically about things like how services are delivered in communities across the nation, how training experiences are different or the same, and how individuals and communities can work together to achieve greatness. 

AUCD Legislative News InBrief Listserv

AUCD Legislative News, InBrief, is a weekly newsletter highlighting federal legislative activities related to disability issues, including legislation moving through Congress, initiatives in the President's Administration, and policymaking activities in the AUCD network and the disability community.


Family Discipline Competencies (2006)


Family members have varied educational backgrounds and different life experiences. Requirements for LEND trainees vary by program. A common feature of all LENDs however is that the trainees are university students, typically at the graduate or undergraduate level. Some portions of the LEND curriculum are individualized to support the individual differences in trainees. Family members recruited to be LEND trainees may have little or no university experience. How the lack of university experience influences the level of supports needed by different types of family trainees should be explored by each LEND and program adaptations identified to accommodate the specific needs of family trainees. In order to incorporate the richness of these family backgrounds and standardize the learning experiences of LEND trainees across the network, a standard set of competencies and curriculum guidelines has been developed specific to Family as a discipline, to be taught together with those core competencies common to all LEND trainees.

Interdisciplinary Panel Discussions with LEND Faculty

NH LEND convenes a series of interdisciplinary panel discussions with LEND faculty and trainees. For these panel discussions, a reading is assigned as a catalyst for discussion, 5-6 interdisciplinary LEND faculty respond to the reading from the perspective of their discipline, and guiding questions are used to engage the group in dialogue. 


University of New Hampshire
Disability Across the Life Course (Book)

In addition to providing an overall theoretical and historical background, this book addresses disability across the life course by delineating various age phases from prenatal periods to death. Cross-cutting issues highlighted are family; health; policy, legislation, and service; and self-determination and participation.

VaLEND implementation of Life Course perspective: Exemplary Questions

This document, created by the VA-LEND, provides questions for trainees to encourage the incorporation of the life course perspective into their family-centered, culturally competent interdisciplinary leadership training.


Virginia Commonwealth University
Life Course Slides: Resources for MCHB-funded Training Programs

The following group of PPT slides has been collected to serve as a resource for MCHB-funded training programs when training trainees about life course. These slides maybe used in any order to support a better understanding of the life course perspective.

The Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health are those factors which are outside of the individual; they are beyond genetic endowment and beyond individual behaviors. They are the context in which individual behaviors arise and in which individual behaviors convey risk. The social determinants of health include individual resources, neighborhood (place-based) or community (group-based) resources, hazards and toxic exposures, and opportunity structures.

The Life Course Model as an Organizational Framework

Life Course (vs. Life Cycle and Life Span) Risk and Protective Factors Pathways and Trajectories Early Programming Cumulative Impact Critical or Sensitive Periods

PKU: A Life Course Development Perspective and Obesity and Child Health

Interdisciplinary Case Studies: A Life Course Perspective: CASE STUDIES FOR USE IN TRAINING PROGRAMS

The Life Course Perspective is defined by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau as the multidisciplinary approach to understanding the mental, physical, and social health of individuals, which incorporates both life span and life stage concepts that determine an individual's health trajectory.

Case studies are descriptions of a real-life experience or situations which are used to make points, raise issues or otherwise enhance a participant's understanding and learning experience.

A template was developed by members of an interdisciplinary work group to guide the development of life course case studies. Within this template, there are four recommended phases. These phases are written as if the case studies are disseminated, and discussion takes place in a face-to-face class; however, they can be easily adapted for use in online discussions or for use over several class sessions, with trainees researching responses between sessions. A designated individual is recommended to facilitate each phase; either a trainee or faculty member could serve as the facilitator.

Leadership Seminar on Appalachian Culture

Trainees participate in a two-hour Leadership Seminar on Appalachian Culture that is offered once a year as part of a monthly series on various leadership topics.  During the seminar, a film is shown about Appalachia, usually, the one called The Dancing Outlaw, which then generates a rich discussion about Appalachian stereotypes.  Trainees participate in the post-movie discussion. 

West Virginia University

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