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NC- LEND – The North Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The North Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the CIDD is dedicated to providing interdisciplinary leadership training at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels, as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The training program welcomes students from a variety of disciplines, including Audiology, Child Psychiatry, Family, Genetic Counseling, Genetics, Health Policy and Management, Neuropsychology, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Self-Advocacy, Social Work, Special Education, and Speech-Language Pathology. The purpose of the training is to prepare trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields by ensuring high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence with the goal of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. The LEND Program is federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau.

Goals of the NC-LEND include:
  • Interdisciplinary Training: Provide exemplary interdisciplinary leadership training to health care and related professionals focused on screening, assessment, diagnosis, evidence-based treatment, and general health promotion for persons with ASD/DD and their families.
  • Exemplary Interdisciplinary Clinical and Community-Based Services: Provide exemplary clinical and community-based interdisciplinary services to individuals with ASD/DD and their families that are family-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  • Continuing Education (CE): Facilitate community and continuing education that enhances family-centered, culturally competent, coordinated care and is aimed at improving systems-of-care and advocacy skills for populations with ASD/DD at the state, regional, and national levels.
  • Technical Assistance and Consultation (TA/C): Provide technical assistance and consultation (TA/C) to Title V and other local, state, and national partners to improve community-based services and supports for children and adults with ASD/DD and their families in an effort to eliminate health barriers and disparities.
  • Research and Dissemination: Provide exemplary leadership education in research and dissemination of findings related to ASD/DD.

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