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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
UNC CB 7255
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Program Contact Anna Ward
Phone 919-445-1299
Website Program website

The LEND program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities offers inclusive leadership training for students in a range of disciplines who want to work in the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. LEND aims to improve quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  In addition to academic disciplines, the discipline of advocacy is represented by up to 4 PWD self-advocate leaders.  These LEND self-advocate trainee(s) engage in learning experiences with the cohort of trainees including graduate students and family advocates. All LEND learning experiences include a weekly course about developmental disabilities (2 hour credit or audit), a leadership consortium, participation in faculty-led projects, and mentoring; individualized education coaching is provided to LEND self-advocate trainees. Students need to live in or around the Chapel Hill area to attend.

Program information submitted: June 8, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 2
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: June 1
Criteria for admission
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • neurodevelopmental and related disabilites
Program length 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 60.00%
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
Scholarships available: Students receive a stipend for participating.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: LEND program has one univiersity course that all trainees attend.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: The LEND Trainees all enroll in one course that is inclusive.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: LEND Leadership Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience Trainees attend workshops on leadership
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No