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.



Dr. Ellen Davis and Christina Carrano, Au.D. candidate and LEND fellow, at the 2015 UW LEND Leadership Presentations.

Interdisciplinary Professional Training in Developmental Disabilities: An Update (WA LEND)

by Kate Forster, CHDD, University of Washington

When a family first receives news confirming that their child has a developmental disability, they enter a world where the challenges can seem insurmountable. While raising any child is hard, raising a child with a developmental disability brings a host of new challenges and complications. A diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example, affects every aspect of a family's life-from education, childcare, and transportation, to areas that may not be immediately apparent, such as nutrition and parental self-care. "Developmental disabilities, because of their complex nature, require an interdisciplinary approach," said Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics, and director of the UW LEND program at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD). "This is why professional training programs that take an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis of developmental disabilities, such as that offered by LEND, are so valuable."


Former LEND trainees participate in discussion panel (NY LEND)

New York Medical College student-created organization CONFIDDE (Collegiate Organization for Further Intellectual and Developmental Disability Education) hosted a panel discussion to discuss topics of self-advocacy, healthcare accessibility and communication with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The panel included professionals from the healthcare field, family members and a self-advocate. Of the 5 panelists, 4 were former WIHD LEND Trainees.


Harolyn Belcher Appointed to Leadership Position in LEND Program

Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS, was recently appointed associate director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Belcher is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and research scientist at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She has been the director of research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center since 2003.


WIHD NY LEND Trainees graduate

The WIHD LEND Training Program conducted its Graduation on May 7, 2015. The 19 Trainees in the Class of 2015 were joined by faculty, mentors, LEND alumni, family and friends in marking their accomplishments during a poster session, the graduation ceremony and a celebratory luncheon. Congratulations on a fantastic year!


The DD Act Partners: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

wrote a letter to express dissatisfaction with the cuts to DD programs in FY 2016 Appropriations Bill
pdf File DD Act program cuts letter to Senate - final.pdf [download]

UNH Institute on Disability's RENEW Program begins a 4 year evaluation Process with Grant (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The Institute on Disability (IOD)at the University of New Hampshire is part of a research team led by the University of Vermont that has received a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the Institute of Education Science's National Center for Education Research to conduct a multisite randomized control trial of the RENEW intervention. The Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) model, developed by IOD staff in 1996, is a promising individualized intervention for high school students with significant mental health challenges.


AUCD Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint

This one-year initiative is funded by AIDD to enhance diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students; cultivate partnerships; respond to increasingly diverse communities across the country; and develop strategies for continuing efforts.