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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 828 406 8386

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: March 22, 2021

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
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: Mid April
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 or older
  • Interest in participating in advocacy and leadership for persons with dyabilities
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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 attending the program. No fees or tuition are charged.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: LEND trainees attend one course each semester as well as Leadership Training.
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: LEND is an inclusive program and the PWD Self Advocates attend the courses reguired by LEND, along with other trainees.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time