Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
Advanced training for graduate students, professionals, self-advocates, and family members to address the needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
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LEND trainees are graduate students, working professionals, family members, and self-advocates from 15 different disciplines across the State of Illinois.
Self-Advocates bring to LEND the disability point of view and educate other trainees how to interact with people with disabilities.Learn More →
Our team includes our discipline and training coordinators, 9 core staff members, and 12 consultants that work together to create the best training experience possible.
IL LEND brings together trainees from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences.
The IL LEND Program is housed in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has community and academic partners throughout the state.