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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities


Carol Ely

Honoring the Life of Carol Ely

MN LEND mourns the loss of our friend and colleague Carol Ely. An outspoken advocate for justice and disability rights, Carol served as a core faculty member on MN LEND, staff on Self-Advocacy Online and on many other projects at the Institute on Community Integration. Her joy, intelligence, humor, laughter, and candor will be deeply missed. Watch a memorial tribute video to Carol.

MN LEND Webinar

MN LEND Webinar

MN LEND Forum Webinar now available: Dr. Megan Gunnar, a well-known researcher in the field of the neurobiology of poverty gave a talk at the 2016 MN LEND Forum. Her talk, "Poverty, Allostatic Load and the Stress Neuraxis: A Mechanism or a Bridge Too Far?" is now an archived webinar, with closed captioning. View Webinar.

Two MN LEND Fellows

Early Intervention Videos in Oromo and Somali

Two 2015-16 LEND Fellows created outreach videos in Minnesota's languages of Oromo and Somali in hopes to reach more Minnesota families about the importance of early developmental screenings and early intervention services as part of their MN LEND projects working with the MN Act Early Network. View their videos.


Training and Family Support Opportunity

Any person with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), including Autism, over the age of 18 receiving supports in their individual or family home can participate! The study is testing a training program and family support model to improve the effectiveness of direct support staff to better support people with IDD to achieve their personal goals. Study participation, including all training and professional supports are free.

MN LEND Briefs

LEND Brief: ASD & Culture, Spring 2015

This issue of the LEND Brief provides information about how diverse communities view, understand and experience Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD). It showcases projects and programs that recognize dimensions of culture, socioeconomics and language through the services and supports they deliver to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and families.

MAI Inaugural “Connecting the Pieces: A Day with the Experts” Event

Minnesota Autism Initiative (MAI) held its inaugural conference, on Friday, March 27, 2015, titled “Connecting the Pieces: A Day with the Experts” at the Wilf Family Center Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. MN LEND was a co-sponsor and partial funder for the successful day-long event, with over 150 university, community, policy stakeholders, and family members in attendance.

LTSAE Summit

MN LTSAE Website

Two 2014-15 LEND Fellows, Sally Murphy (Pre Doc MSW) and Dr. Jen Hall-Lande (Post Doc), collaborated to create the recent Minnesota Learn the Signs Act Early website as part of Sally's LEND Project. Minnesota Act Early is a statewide outreach campaign that reaches out to families, communities, and organizations to promote early screening and early identification of potential developmental delays. Whether a parent or a professional who works with young children and their families, our hope is that you will find helpful information at the new MN Act Early website to promote healthy development in all children.

The Program

The University of Minnesota LEND Program is an interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 12 disciplines across the University of Minnesota and is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.