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.




MNLEND Fellow Becomes a Special Education Director at Minneapolis Public Schools Organization: Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD/LEND)

The Minneapolis Public Schools have chosen Deeqaifrah ("Deeqa") Hussein (MNLEND Fellow, 2017-18) as a Special Education Director. She credits many people and organizations for helping her get the position, including her husband Abdi Hussein (MNLEND Fellow, 2016-17) and family (she has two children with autism); the University of St. Thomas where she is earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Learning; her internship at the Minneapolis Public Schools with Rochelle Cox, Executive Director of Special Education and Health (and Hussein's new supervisor); and the student/family advocacy skills she learned as a MNLEND Fellow. Hussein spent the past two years as an Autism Itinerant Teacher, and for two years before that she was a High School Special Education Resource Teacher


Iowa LEND Trainee Experience

Prior to their graduation on May 2, Iowa's twenty-three LEND trainees concluded their LEND experience by hosting the program's first LEND Research Poster Session. Trainees identified an area of interest, and then with the assistance of their training directors, either conducted a research project or performed a comprehensive review of current research. The Iowa LEND trainees complete over 370 hours of training over two semesters; the curriculum is focused on interdisciplinary clinical care, disability policy, culturally responsive care, and family/patient and professional partnerships.


MNLEND Fellows Complete "a Truly Transformative Year"

29 MNLEND Fellows (pictured) received their Certificate of Completion, recognizing the culmination of their year-long appointment with the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) Program at ICI. Each year the MNLEND, which is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, selects outstanding graduate/postgraduate students and community members to become Fellows.


E-Learning Module: Autism CARES Act 101

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is pleased to share the e-Learning module, "Autism CARES Act 101." This free, self-paced module addresses key facets of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, including grassroots and legislative origins, how it has evolved since 2006, and resulting federally-funded programming. It also delves into the impact that the Autism CARES Act has had on services and systems that support autistic individuals and their families.


Tuesdays with Liz: Ivanova Smith Shares Her LEND Story

Ivanova Smith shares her experience with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs, which are funded through the Autism CARES Act. The act is up for renewal by Congress and needs to be reauthorized or renewed by September 30 the end of 2019 in order to continue to provide funding for programs like LEND. Join Ivanova and Liz in educating members of Congress about the importance of LEND and CARES.


Dedication, Hard Work, and Achievement: Honoring John B. Moeschler, MD, MS (NH ME LEND)

John B. Moeschler, MD, MS. is retiring from his role as Program Director for the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program after 27 years of service from 1992-2019. As a developmental behavioral pediatrician and geneticist in NH, he served thousands of children and families with, or at risk for, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and trained hundreds of interprofessional leaders in high quality, innovative clinical care. In recognition of his many accomplishments, John was awarded Pediatrician of the Year by the NH Pediatric Society in 2012.


The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Celebrates the Graduation of the 2018-2019 NJLEND Fellows at the 3rd Annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium

On May 10th, 2019, The Boggs Center celebrated the graduation of the 2018-2019 NJLEND Fellows at the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program's 3rd annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium. Held in New Brunswick at Children's Specialized Hospital, the event featured a keynote address, Life Course Research and Community Engagement to Improve Autism Outcomes, from Paul T. Shattuck, PhD, Associate Professor at Drexel University's A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and was attended by those from the Rutgers community, New Jersey's Department of Children and Families, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, and other state and community organizations. During the NJLEND Leadership Projects Poster Session, attendees had the opportunity to learn from each Fellow about the leadership project they conducted over the course of the academic year.