Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Utah Regional LEND, also known as URLEND, covers the five-state area of Utah, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. LEND programs are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Family-centered care is emphasized in all that we do.
Professionals and graduate students in healthcare disciplines and community members are trained to move beyond discipline boundaries to provide optimal services to child and adolescents with special health care needs within a family-centered, culturally-responsive framework.
Self-Advocates and Parents/Guardians of youth with disabilities increase leadership and advocacy skills as well provide invaluable insight to other trainees.
LEND programs are located throughout the United States. Training in LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) philosophies is based on the nationally developed goals and objectives from Maternal & Child Health Leadership Competencies, a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Former Trainees Say ...
"LEND ingrained in me the need to make appropriate referrals. Because of my training, particularly with youth with hearing loss and autism, I better understand what to observe ."
"LEND was the first place to open my eyes to the importance of policy involvement. I've learned to be involved through my national and local professional organizations. My voice is much louder when joined by these types of groups."
"Through LEND partnerships, we were able to obtain and create wonderful videos to support families and early interventionists in providing quality care to children with hearing loss."