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Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program at Virginia Commonwealth University. It is a project of the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Our project is funded through a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant supports an interdisciplinary training program to prepare health, education and related disciplines in the field of childhood disabilities for leadership and advocacy within their profession. In addition we provide continuing education, consultation and technical assistance to collaborators at the local, state and national level.


Va-LEND Trainees:

  1. Make a difference in the lives of children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and their families.
  2. Learn leadership and advocacy skills for working with children and their families.
  3. Develop problems solving skills and learn how to collaborate with other disciplines (interdisciplinary).
  4. Expand networks and resources to use within your professional practice.
  5. Advance your career and expand job searches.
  6. Work with experts in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  7. Participant in research opportunities in collaboration with LEND faculty.
  8. Create a leadership project that will have an impact on the health care system or within the community at large.
  9. Have a “real” experience with a child with a disability and their family (Family Mentorship Experience).
  10. Continue the quest for life-long learning and skill development.