LEND Information

Where can I learn more about LEND programs?

For more information about the LEND Program at The Riley Child Development Center, please contact Rylin Rodgers, Training Director at 317.944.8167 or ryrodger@iu.edu.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs, including LEND programs.  These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.  For more info about AUCD’s LEND programs, visit their website>>

AUCD manages the Early Career Professionals national resource for professionals who have received interdisciplinary training in developmental disabilities to further develop their leadership by

  • Engaging users in meaningful self assessment
  • Providing access to cutting-edge resources and training materials on leadership
  • Facilitating a national online community of emerging leaders in multiple fields who touch the lives of people with disabilities

For more information about the ECP, visit their website>>

How do I apply to the RCDC LEND program?

Complete the LEND application and return it to:
Rylin Rodgers
Training Director
Riley Child Development Center
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 5837
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5225
Phone 317-944-8167

The Interdisciplinary Team reviews completed applications. Candidates may be contacted for an interview to discuss specific learning goals and possible match with the RCDC Training Program.

Application deadline:  31 January 2018

**Note: Applications are always accepted, but will need to be received by January 31st for consideration for the following July – July cohort.

On what criteria are applicants to the program evaluated?

Trainees selected to participate in the LEND Program must:

  • Apply as one of the following:
    • A family member of an individual with a developmental disability
    • A self-advocate (person with a developmental disability)
    • A student enrolled in (or a graduate of) the graduate program for one of the core disciplines listed on the Trainees page
  • Be able to participate fully in the curriculum

Applications will be screened and rank ordered for:

  • Career goals compatible with the maternal and child health competencies to be achieved through the program
  • Evidence of personal achievements relative to their discipline, health systems and/or children with disabilities and their families
  • Basic disciplinary knowledge and skills
  • Evidence of overall academic excellence if in a graduate program
  • Excellent communication skills.

LEND faculty and training coordinators in each discipline screen the applications and conduct interdisciplinary interviews with applicants to assess their interpersonal skills and their potential for successfully completing the leadership-training program.

Does this traineeship offer a stipend?

Stipends are awarded to Long-term Trainees who are eligible to receive a federally funded traineeship to support participation in the training program. Amounts vary based on participation levels, but the average stipend is $3500 for a minimum of 300 hours.  Full-time fellowships offer more.   Contact our Training Director for more information about your particular discipline.