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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities


The University of Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program is an interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 18 disciplines across the University of Minnesota and is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

With the formation of the University of Minnesota’s LEND program our university community now has the opportunity to have increased training, engagement, and support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. This will translate into real change and growth for Minnesota children and families. Twelve academic disciplines within the University have collaborated to create a unique and powerful learning experience for students and community trainees.

Those who are accepted as LEND fellows will be eligible for an individualized award based on the academic department in which they are enrolled and their individual needs/circumstances. LEND are paid as a monetary stipend.

A little boy on a swing-set.

“As a trainee, I learned how to be a more effective leader in the practice of occupational therapy by implementing evidence based treatments and encouraging other practitioners to employ retrograde research (clinic to academic) and transitional research (academic to practice). I am an advocate and supporter of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and find myself using a multidimensional lens when treating a client.”

Ganesh Babulal MOT, OTR/L, 2009-2010 U of M LEND Fellow