The LEND program is supported by a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Training options include funded or unfunded long term (12 months or 300 hours), and unfunded short term or medium term(less than 300 hours) positions at an advanced Master's, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral level, or the candidate is the parent or legal guardian of a child with a chronic medical or developmental condition. To be eligible for funding support, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or holder of a permanent visa, and not currently receiving federal funding support from any other source.
The LEND Fellowship involves a Core Curriculum with didactic courses and experiential activities aimed to promote leadership development, Courses include a comprehensive overview of developmental disabilities, an overview of autism spectrum disorders, distinctive family issues, public policy, interdisciplinary case conferences, a research course and more. Experiential training components include the Community Collaboration and Advocacy Program, Family Collaboration Program, and a Mentored Research Project., Within each experiential program, LEND fellows can select from a range of options in which they participate. For example, Community Collaboration projects range from those focused on youth with chronic health or developmental conditions’ transition to adulthood; working with maternal-child homeless shelters, providing consultation to an Early Head Start program or working to improve access to healthcare for children placed in foster care. Family Collaboration experiences might involve home visits with a family of a child with an acquired brain injury or genetic condition, involvement with a parent support group, or working with parent advocates. LEND fellows can develop their own research project or work with LEND faculty on a project. Based on these choices, each LEND fellow develops an Individualized Training Plan (ITP) with their own discipline director and a LEND Mentor to fulfill LEND requirements
LEND Fellows develop an Individualized Training Plan with their discipline preceptor and their LEND Mentor, and document evidence of achievement of training objectives. This commitment requires that the fellow spend a minimum of 6-8 hours per week participating in LEND related activities (attendance at Core Curriculum courses is included within this time frame):