Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

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2021-2022 Application Now Available!

Individuals with disabilities, family members of an individual with a developmental disability, and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The WI LEND program is currently accepting Trainee applications for the 2021-2022 training year.

Please contact your discipline’s coordinator for more information and to learn about their specific deadline.

How To Apply

All interested applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed application form
  • Submit the form electronically–
  • Submit form by mail

Print a copy and mail to:

WI LEND Program
c/o Julie Schears
Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Avenue, Rm S101F
Madison, WI 53705-2280

Also needed for your application are the following materials:

2. Recommendation completed by a faculty member or individual most familiar with your work or leadership development

3. Resume or curriculum vitae

4. Official academic transcript(s)
(if currently or previously enrolled as a college student; please include both undergraduate and graduate transcripts)

Application Materials

If you wish to email your completed application and curriculum vitae or resume, please email to Julie Schears at schears@waisman.wisc.edu

All transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other paperwork can be mailed to:

WI LEND Program
c/o Julie Schears
Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave, Rm S101F
Madison, WI 53705-2280

Selection Criteria for Applicants

Trainees selected to participate in the LEND Program must:

  • apply as one of the following:
    • a family member of an individual with a developmental disability
    • a person with a developmental disability (self-advocate)
    • a student enrolled in (or a graduate of) the graduate program for one of the core disciplines (audiology, genetic counseling, human development and family studies, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, public health, social work, special education, speech/language pathology) at the UW-Madison or at another campus
  • be able to participate fully in the curriculum
  • Applications will be screened and rank ordered for:
    • career goals compatible with the maternal and child health competencies to be achieved through the program
    • evidence of personal achievements relative to their discipline, health systems and/or children with disabilities and their families
    • basic disciplinary knowledge and skills
    • evidence of overall academic excellence if in a graduate program
    • excellent communication skills.

LEND faculty and training coordinators in each discipline screen the applications and conduct interdisciplinary interviews with applicants to assess their interpersonal skills and their potential for successfully completing the leadership training program.