Now Accepting Va-LEND Applications Through June 1, 2017

Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) is recruiting applicants for the Fall 2017 LEND cohort.  Find out more about Va-LEND  here: brochure-2016-2017

To view the training schedule for 2016-17 click here: Va-LEND Training Schedule 2016-2017

Applications listed below.

Long Term Trainee, Autism Fellow, Advanced Medium Term Trainee: Va-LEND Application 2017

For more information regarding the Va-LEND program call 804-828-0073 and speak to Dr Beth Bader, Associate LEND Director.



AUCD GALA Presentation of LEND Leadership Project a great success!

The Association of University Centers on Disability, (AUCD) our national organization, celebrated the anniversary of the Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act, now known as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by having an evening “Gala” in Washington on Wednesday evening, March  2nd

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, a Va-LEND Trainee and Trainee Representative to the AUCD, Board of Directors  presented her Leadership Project and was asked to address participants and give closing thoughts to an audience of notable guests, AUCD representatives, family and friends.  Va-LEND recognizes her energy, leadership and many contributions to its program.

Poster Presentations at 2015 AUCD Conference

Va-LEND faculty and trainees have just returned from attending the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Amidst sessions, meetings, and receptions, several poster presentations were made by members of the Va-LEND program. Trainees presenting posters were Becky Balog, Samantha Costanzo, Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, and Sarah Nockengost. Faculty members Beth Bader, Marie Chapin, Carole Ivey, Elaine Ogburn, and Tracy White helped support these presentations.

Samantha Costanzo’s topic was “Age Differences in Fine Motor Milestones between Ghanaian and American Children” and Sarah Nockengost’s was “Locomotor Training in Children with Lower Extremity Paralysis.”

Va-LEND alumna Shannon Haworth presented a poster titled “Growing and Engaging Leaders: Creating the AUCD Alumni Network.” Here’s some additional information from Shannon on her project: “AUCD will be creating an alumni association for graduating and former trainees. It will include a member directory, groups, facilitated discussions, and a mentorship program. If you would like to be a mentor or want more information contact”


From left: Shannon Haworth, Marie Chapin, Elaine Ogburn, PC: Tracy White


2015 LEND Book Adventure


During September and October, faculty and trainees will participate in Va-LEND’s Book Adventure program. This annual activity fosters community and engagement with books that address topics related to disabilities, life course, family centered care, and inclusion. This year, El Deafo (2014) by Cece Bell and Wonder (2012) by R.J. Palacio were selected for the book club. Trainees have picked a book to read and will participate in discussion groups held in a casual environment and led by a faculty facilitator.

Follow these links for more information on El Deafo or Wonder.