The Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (MNLEND) Program's mission is to develop the next generation of knowledgeable, interdisciplinary leaders in the neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) field. 

Fellows are trained to grasp the complexities of and challenges in delivering evidence-based and promising practices, supports, and services across disciplines and settings. Fellows are trained in leadership skills that will enable them to successfully navigate and collaborate across the many NDD-related fields. 

Fellows are just as importantly given training and experiential opportunities to support systems and policy change across the many NDD realms, so they may help to improve quality of life outcomes for children and young adults with NDD and their families.

MNLEND Partners

Since 2009, MNLEND serves as a partnership program among the University of Minnesota’s—

  • College of Education + Human Development, Department of Educational Psychology
  • Institute on Community Integration, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
  • School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • College of Liberal Arts, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

MNLEND also collaborates with a number of departments and centers at the University of Minnesota. Partners include —