A world in which all children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other special health care needs will achieve their full potential.
Serve as a center of excellence in leadership training that prepares the next generation of policy makers, faculty, clinicians and researchers to lead the maternal and child health work force in realizing the vision.
The UW LEND is a graduate level interdisciplinary training program. We prepare graduate students, post-graduate trainees, and mid-career health professionals to:
- Assume leadership roles in their respective fields
- Provide high level interdisciplinary clinical care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families
- Become strong advocates for policies to optimize the life course of individuals with neurodevelomental disabilties
- Meet the UW LEND Leadership Competencies
Since the late 1960's UW LEND has provided interdisciplinary training, clinical service, and leadership in public health systems in Washington State and beyond.
We are one of 52 LEND programs in the United States. LEND programs are funded under the Autism CARES Act and mangaged by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. These programs serve the core purpose of:
- Family-centered care, putting families and their concerns first
- Interdisciplinary care, building relationships among family, professionals, and community service providers
- Cultural competency, recognizing, respecting, and celebrating diversity
- Health and disability, promoting health and meaningful life participation for all children
- Leadership, developing trust and common vision with others to affect action and system change
Learn more about becoming a UW LEND trainee.