Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

A young man who is a professional in the disability field works with a child who has autism in an office setting.

The Rhode Island Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RI LEND) Training Program provides graduate-level training to people from diverse backgrounds and professions so they can become leaders in the field and improve the health of infants, children and teens with disabilities. 

LEND programs are usually part of a University Center for Excellence (UCEDD) and work with local university hospitals or healthcare centers and their faculty, facilities and resources. RI LEND is a partnership among the Sherlock Center/UCEDD, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Applicants to RI LEND must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate program in a field such as audiology, speech-language pathology, genetic counseling, medicine, pediatric dentistry, public health, physical therapy, psychology or special education or be a self-advocate, parent or caregiver of a child with autism or another developmental disability. 

More information about RI LEND is available on the Lifespan website