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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 Deborah Zuver
Phone 9199623603

The LEND program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities offers inclusive leadership training for graduate-level 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 one or two 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.

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
Deadline to apply to this program: Spring
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Applicant should have some postsecondary experience in college, apprenticeship, or other training opportunity and/or work experience. Applicant must be committed to self-advocacy and leadership.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 50%
Retention rate: 0%
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:
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

LEND is funded by the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:


Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 13:02