LEND, University of Illinois at Chicago

Welcome to the Illinois Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (IL LEND) website!

The Illinois LEND is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship program! 

Adults with developmental disabilities, parents and/or siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities, and individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply! 

Application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017

What is LEND?

We are an interdisciplinary graduate-level training program located within the IDHD/DHD at UIC. 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. Family members and Self-Advocates provide an invaluable perspective to the IL LEND program and are included in our Family and Self-Advocacy disciplines. 

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. This program prepares future leaders who will serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (with a focus on autism) and their families through coordinated, culturally competent, and family-centered care,  in addition to public health services and policy systems change.

Learn more about our program »

Who is a LEND trainee?

LEND trainees are graduate students, working professionals, family members, and self-advocates. Illinois LEND is proud to have trainees from 14 different disciplines including: Applied Behavior Analysis, Disability Studies, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Family, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Public Health, Self-Advocacy, Social Work, Special Education, and Speech Language Pathology.

The LEND program accepts students from UIC, University of Chicago, Southern Illinois University, as well as other schools in the area including: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Loyola University, and Governor’s State University.

Meet our Trainees »


The Illinois LEND Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Grant Number: T73MC11047.



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  1. Behavior Analysis and Therapy
  2. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
  3. Disability Studies
  4. Family
  5. Self-Advocacy
  6. Nursing
  7. Nutrition
  8. Occupational Therapy
  9. Physical Therapy
  10. Psychology
  11. Public Health
  12. Social Work
  13. Special Education
  14. Speech-Language Pathology