Virginia LEND Online

Welcome to the Virginia LEND Training Site! Virginia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) is a program that provides training to diverse disciplines with the goal of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities.  Traditionally, this is done by the participants, referred to as Trainees, completing a one-year graduate-level program where they attend classes, participate in interdisciplinary clinics, observe and interact with special needs families and complete a variety of teamwork and research activities. This requires the Trainees to be in the Richmond area and enroll in courses at Virginia Commonwealth University. Because Virginia LEND wants to provide this training statewide, Virginia LEND Online was created to make it more accessible for individuals throughout Virginia.

On this site, you will find tools and resources you can use to help you implement person and family-centered care into your workplace, guide you in developing and maintaining interdisciplinary teams and support your leadership skill development.  The following content can be found on the following pages with additional information and content being added frequently.

Who can enroll and complete Virginia Online? 

Virginia LEND Online is appropriate for:

  • Parents & Caregivers

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Advocates

  • Nurses (in hospital and community settings including home health)

  • Therapist (occupational, speech, physical, behavior)

  • Dental professionals

  • Social workers

  • General educators

  • Special educators

  • Paraprofessionals

  • Counselors

  • Case managers

  • Others with an interest in improving the quality of life and health of infants, children & adolescents with disabilities

What can I do with this training? 

As you work through the modules for Virginia LEND Online, you will learn about evidence-based practices and techniques that will improve communication and teamwork within your workplace. You will be a leader in applying these techniques and can use your training to educate the teams you work on. Upon completion of each module (reviewing content, completing any activities and passing post-assessment with a score of 80%) you will receive a certificate of completion you will be able to print out for your records and/or share with your employer. 

I need help with access or I have a question about Virginia LEND Online

If you need assistance or have a question about Virginia LEND Online, you can contact Zipporah Levi-Shackleford at or call the Virginia LEND office at (804) 828-0073

 Virginia LEND Online Modules  

**Click on the following links to access the modules.