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.
Mississippi LEND has First Self-Advocacy Fellow Robert "Taylor" Carley recently began his training year as the first self-advocacy fellow in the Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental (and Related) Disabilities (LEND) program in Mississippi. IDS' LEND is made possible through a sub-contract with the Arkansas LEND Program and is in its seventh year of existence. This year's Mississippi cohort also includes fellows in counseling psychology, social work, applied behavior analysis and family nurse practice. Taylor's first connection to IDS was through volunteering and then serving in the first TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program. It was during his initial volunteer and service experiences that he found his "voice" and passion to serve others as a self-advocate leader. He then served as president of the STEP UP Advisory Council composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston will implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) International Fellowship Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The goal of this new exchange program is to promote the growth of future leaders in inclusive education in countries and communities across the globe. The program will recruit 20 mid-career disability and education professionals from Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania and place them at partner host sites across the United States, including UCEDD and LEND. During their time in the U.S., Fellows will learn about policies and practices that have influenced inclusive education in the U.S. and will plan a project upon their return home. The program will honor the work of former Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin in the field of disability rights and inclusive education.
This October, AUCD is proud to join several federal and organization partners to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness month. Join us as we share blogs and resources, and host a twitter chat to talk about creating a stronger community in which everyone is fully included.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM), sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has made access to buildings, programs, and almost all walks of life, the one area that has stubbornly been slow to improve has been employment for people with disabilities. Join AUCD as we highlight both the need to increase disability employment and the great value that people with disabilities bring to businesses. #InclusionWorks!
The Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, welcomed the Iowa LEND (ILEND) trainees for 2016-2017. Orientation began with a brief welcome by Lenore Holte, ILEND Program Director, followed by faculty, staff and trainee introductions. The group of trainees and staff members then traveled to Des Moines to tour the state capitol building and to learn about state and federal legislation related to individuals with disabilities.
WIHD is pleased to welcome the new 2016-2017 LEND class. The new LEND class represents a numbers of disciplines: Advocacy, Audiology, Family Specialist, Genetics, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education and Speech Language Pathology. The trainees represent 9 affiliated universities: Fordham University, Mercy College, New York Medical College, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Iowa, University of Puerto Rico and University of the Virgin Islands.
Join AUCD in observing National Voter Registration Week Sept 26-30, 2016. We urge everyone, especially people with disabilities, to make sure they're registered to vote for the upcoming local, state, and national elections. Learn how to spread the word, find resources, and register!