Hello and welcome to the new Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities website! We hope you enjoy the many features this website has to offer including:

If you are visiting our website for the first time and wondering what LEND is all about, here is a brief introduction. We are an interdisciplinary graduate-level training program located within the Institute on Disability and Human Development on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Our training focuses on leadership development in the areas of advocacy, research, community engagement, and clinical skills for graduate students who plan to work with people with disabilities. We also provide training to family and self-advocates. To learn more about our program click here.

The application period for the 2013-2014 academic year is now open. The deadline is May 17, 2013. Click here to learn more about the application process.

IL LEND Report 2011 Download the Illinois LEND 2011 Project Report.

LEND Brochure Picture Download the AUCD National LEND Brochure.

The Illinois LEND Training Program receives grant funds through the Maternal and Child Health Branch, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Grant T73MC11047-04-01

The IDHD (UCEDD) is funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD).

What is LEND?

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program is a 1-year intensive training program that incorporates both didactic and experiential learning in clinical and community-based settings…

Admission Guidelines

Applications for the 2012-2013 LEND academic year are due on May 11, 2012.