Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I learn more about LEND programs in general?

  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Programs
    The MCH Training Program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funds public and private non-profit institutions of higher learning to provide leadership training in maternal and child health (MCH) to achieve this vision. The MCH Training Program seeks to ensure excellent health services for families through workforce preparation.
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilties (AUCD) All LEND programs are members of AUCD. There are currently 52 LEND Programs in 44 states. Collectively, they form a national network to work together to address national issues of importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchange best practices and develop shared products. They also come together regionally to address specific issues and concerns. More information and the LEND programs is available on the AUCD’s website.

What criteria are used to evaluate applicants to the program?

Information on selection criteria can be found with the application materials.

Does this traineeship offer a stipend?

Stipends are awarded to Trainees who are eligible (based on federal regulations and University policy) to receive a federally funded traineeship to support participation in the training program. See the Training Overview for more information on eligibility for financial support.

What kind of work are WI LEND graduates doing?

WI LEND graduates are making important contributions across Wisconsin and the country. Many graduates have leadership positions in clinical settings, community organizations, or government agencies. See the overview of our graduates to learn more about what they’re doing now.

I missed the application deadline - can I still apply?

The program includes Trainees from over a dozen disciplines every year. During our Spring application review, we accept Trainees for many of these disciplines. However, we don’t find Trainees for every discipline in the Spring. We continue to recruit applicants in the Summer for these disciplines. Applications received after the spring application deadline are reviewed and considered on a first come first served basis. If you would like to know if we are still recruiting in your discipline, you can contact Julie Schears.

How can I learn more about what the program is like?

You can learn more about recent Trainees’ experiences right on this website. You can also contact the WI LEND Training Director, Gail Chödrön, or the Discipline Training Coordinator for your discipline (see discipline Training Coordinator roster).