$3.3 Million Grant Expands UIC Disabilities Training Program
The grant will be used to expand UIC’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities, or LEND, program.
A successful University of Illinois at Chicago-based interdisciplinary effort to train leaders in programs that help children with developmental disabilities and autism has won a $3.3 million five-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration-Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
The grant will be used to expand UIC’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities, or LEND, program which trains healthcare providers and administrators who work with families that include children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Since its beginning in 2008, the LEND program has graduated 50 students representing 14 academic disciplines. The expanded program this year has 26 students from 15 disciplines. The continued funding will also provide more training for community health care professionals on disability issues, especially early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders.