LEND Training Overview

What is the RCDC LEND Program?

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs are graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training programs federally funded through the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

The purpose of The Riley Child Development Center LEND training program is to:

  • Produce leaders and innovators in the field of autism and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities who are solidly grounded in their own disciplines and able to work collaboratively with colleagues in interdisciplinary settings
  • Prepare trainees to anticipate, manage, and take advantage of changes in knowledge and health care delivery systems
  • Produce leaders who recognize the value of family-centered planning and services, as well as cultivate community connections

Why would you want to invest time as a LEND trainee?

  • LEND graduates are well respected and highly marketable throughout the country 
  • LEND graduates are in leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and other University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD's), Title V agencies, and more
  • LEND graduates have also become LEND faculty
  • LEND trainees participate in a national network of Young Career Professionals for additional training, resources and potential career opportunities

Who can participate in the RCDC LEND program?

From one-day visits to one-year fellowships, Trainees can come from many backgrounds and with many training goals.  For more info, see our Trainee page.

How is the training implemented?

While there is a core curriculum, trainees develop individual training plans based on their needs and desires.  For more info, see our Curriculum page.

More Information

For more information, FAQs and How to Apply, See our Information page