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 that prepares graduate students, post-graduate fellows, and mid-career health professionals to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and insures a high level of interdisciplinary clinical competence in providing health and related services for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Participation in the training program prepares trainees to 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 43 LEND programs in the United States. LEND programs are funded under the 2006 Combating Autism 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.