URLEND

Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities


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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 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 Family Members provide invaluable insight to trainees who are in professional disciplines and to leadership projects which benefit our communities.

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.

MCH Leadership Competencies

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."