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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities


MN LEND Webinar

Building connections with Hmong families: Culturally competent approaches to child development

This webinar is designed for professionals who are interested in learning more about culturally specific and relevant strategies working with Hmong families with young children.

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


The Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) Summit was held November 8-9, 2012 in Brooklyn Center. The goal of the Summit was to establish a statewide network of Act Early Delegates who will promote early identification, screening, and intervention for ASD and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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.