UW LEND Program
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
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Who Are UW LEND Trainees?

Long Term Trainees

UW LEND trainees are top graduate students or mid-career health care professionals who seek to become leaders in public health service for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Leadership may take the form of teaching, research, clinical practice, administration or policy making. The trainees form a cohort of individuals representing the LEND core disciplines.

The UW LEND values diversity in its broadest context and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Diversity within our faculty and trainees enhances the training experience for everyone.

Short Term and Medium Term Trainees

Opportunities are available for short and medium-term trainees. For further information about these training opportunities contact UW LEND faculty in your professional discipline or Sue Wendel, UW LEND Training Director.

What are the Core UW LEND Disciplines?

The UW LEND includes, but is not limited to, faculty and trainees in the following core disciplines :

Audiology Nursing Public Health
Dentistry Nutrition Self-Advocates
Developmental Pediatrics Occupational Therapy Social Work
Family Physical Therapy Special Education
Health Administration Psychology Speech-Language Pathology

What are the UW LEND Long-Term Trainee Requirements?

UW LEND long-term trainees complete 300 hours or more of advanced clinical and interdisciplinary leadership training. Training is typically completed within three academic quarters. UW LEND training includes didactic seminars, clinical experiences, community-based experiences, research, and public policy. Training is individually tailored to the interests of the trainee.

Most UW LEND trainees complete their training onsite at the CHDD and within near-by community-based programs. For graduate students and professionals living outside the metropolitan area opportunities are available to enroll as a distance-learning UW LEND trainee. All UW LEND trainees must complete a set of requirements which includes didactic, advanced clinical, and interdisciplinary leadership training.

How to Apply to UW LEND Long-Term Training Program

To apply, all prospective trainees must:

Have achieved the academic degree and training which constitutes basic professional level training for his/her field
Be a family member of a child with a neurodevelopmental or related disorder

Be a self-advocate (person with a neurodevelopmental disability)

Trainees may:

  • Be currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program
  • Be completing a post-doctoral fellowship
  • Be pursuing advanced certification or fellowship in their discipline
  • Be a mid-career community professional

Application Process

For more information about the application process.

For more information, contact:

Sue Wendel, MS, OTR
UW LEND Training Director
(206) 685-1350

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