Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND)
Celebrating Over 21 Years of Training the Next Generation of Maternal and Child Health Leaders
The Va-LEND program is committed to the preparation of professionals, family members and people with disabilities in the field of childhood neurodevelopmental disabilities who will assume leadership roles within health care and disability
service systems. The interdisciplinary program provides a 12-24 month curriculum of interactive seminars, clinical and community-based practica, planned grassroots and systems level policy activities, and for most trainees, a family mentorship experience. The curriculum emphasizes all aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, social and family environments across the life course, the interdisciplinary approach, leadership and research.
Top Ten Reasons to Become a Va-LEND Trainee
- Make a difference in the lives of children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and their families.
- Learn leadership and advocacy skills for working with children and their families.
- Develop problems solving skills and learn how to collaborate with other disciplines (interdisciplinary training).
- Expand networks and resources to use within your professional practice.
- Advance your career and expand job searches.
- Work with experts in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities and disability policy.
- Participant in research opportunities in collaboration with LEND faculty.
- Create a leadership project that will have a impact on the health care system or within the community at large.
- Have a “real” experience with a child with a disability and their family (Family Mentorship Experience).
- Continue quest for life-long learning and skill development.
Want to Know More? Call us at 804-828-0073