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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

How and Why
the U of M Developed a LEND?

MN LEND Approach

The MN LEND Program will facilitate development of health care and allied health care leaders with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to allow them to take committed action in the areas of NDD/ASDs and related intellectual and developmental disabilities. The MN LEND focus is on leadership within a public health framework, acquiring interdisciplinary skills through training and practice, cultural competence, and family-centered care. Fellows will acquire broad knowledge of the latest scientific information regarding autism and other NDDs and evidence-based practices. MN LEND long-term fellows will acquire advanced skills that include communication, critical thinking, ethics & professionalism, constituency building, policy and advocacy, research, management, and mentoring.

MN LEND Training Model

WHAT OVERALL PURPOSE?

  • Training Leaders Committed to Action Through
  • Acquisition of Knowledge
  • Attitudes
  • Skills

FOR WHOM?

  • Long Term Fellows
  • MA Professional Fellows
  • Community Professionals
  • Parents & Other

WHAT SKILLS & COMPETENCIES?

  • Leadership
  • Cultural Competence
  • Family Centered Service
  • Community Based Care and Partnership
  • Interdisciplinary Functioning
  • Promotion of well-being outside the traditional medical model of support
  • Knowledge of Developmental Trajectories
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Evidence Based Practices in assessment and interventions for ASDs and other NDDs

WHAT TRAINING METHODS?

  • Didactic Courses
  • Clinical Experience
  • Workshops & Webinars
  • Informal Networking & Transportable Media

WHAT LEARNER OUTCOMES?

  • Leaders and interdisciplinary thinkers capable of thoughtful and informed committed action
  • Teachers
  • Evidence-Based Practitioners
  • Researchers
  • Advocates
  • Public Policy Makers
  • Interdisciplinary Thinkers

WHAT OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES?

  • Reduced Health Disparities
  • Facilitate Transitions to Adulthood
  • Increased Family/Child Skills in Self-Advocacy
  • Increased early identification and intervention for children with ASDs

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