There are eight Thematic Modules covered over the MNLEND year. 

The in-person portion of LEND training for these modules takes place every Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., following the UMN academic calendar. 

LEND Fellows are expected to attend all Thursday sessions. Each thematic module features core faculty and/or guest speakers, a range of perspectives, interdisciplinary discussion/activities, as well as an online self-study materials; all of which are mandatory. 

Modules provide an opportunity for LEND Fellows to share and discuss and process their learning with one another and with faculty and community partners. 

The Thematic Modules are: 

  • Leadership
  • Autism and Related NDD
  • Allied Health Perspectives in NDD
  • Behavioral and Communication Interventions
  • Critical Issues in NDD
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Person- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC)
  • Policy and Advocacy

Each module has required readings to complete before its designated Thursday sessions. Additional supplemental online learning and resources are provided as well for self-paced learning.