Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)




Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)


Sixty institutions are funded to offer interdisciplinary training to professionals dedicated to caring for children with neurodevelopmental and other related developmental disabilities (DD), such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. Care for children affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome and other prenatal exposures may also be covered in the training. Prepares individuals for leadership roles in academic, clinical, public health, and public policy fields to advance care and treatment for children with ASD or DD. Works to enhance clinical competence, increase awareness, reduce barriers to screening and diagnosis, and promote evidence-based interventions for children who have or are at risk of developing ASD or DD through training for providers.

What This Program Offers

The LEND program can provide:

  • Interdisciplinary and leadership training, including training on public health, ethics, and policy issues
  • Academic training in the form of coursework, seminars, and other opportunities
  • Supervised clinical and research experiences in individual disciplines
  • Community experiences working directly with children with ASD and DD and their families
  • Training on cultural and linguistic competence and on a using a person- and family-centered approach to care
  • Training in the use of valid screening tools to diagnose and rule out ASD and DD
  • Mentoring from faculty using innovative clinical and didactic curricula

Examples of LEND and substance use training include:

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Professionals in fields related to the care and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental and other related developmental disabilities are eligible to participate in LEND training, as determined through selection by LEND grant programs. People with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities who are preparing to take on leadership roles in the field are also eligible to participate as LEND trainees.

Geographic Coverage



Contact the LEND project in your area for information about training opportunities.

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Parents, Families, and Children • People with Disabilities