the Illinois LEND program prepares you to serve as a leader in improving the quality of life of children and families with disabilities, with a focus on autism.

What is LEND? Advanced training for graduate students, professionals, self-advocates, and family members to address the needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Learn More →

What is LEND?

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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meet the team 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. Learn More →

meet the team

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.

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who is a lend trainee? LEND trainees are graduate students, working professionals, family members, and self-advocates from 15 different disciplines across the State of Illinois. Learn More →

who is a lend trainee?

LEND trainees are graduate students, working professionals, family members, and self-advocates from 15 different disciplines across the State of Illinois.

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meet Our Trainees IL LEND brings together trainees from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. Learn More →

meet Our Trainees

IL LEND brings together trainees from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences.

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what is self-advocacy in lend? Self-Advocates bring to LEND the disability point of view, contribute to the discussion around disability and educate other trainees how to interact with people with disabilities. Learn More →

what is self-advocacy in lend?

Self-Advocates bring to LEND the disability point of view, contribute to the discussion around disability and educate other trainees how to interact with people with disabilities.

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meet Our Partners The IL LEND Program is housed in the University of Illinois at Chicago and has community and academic partners throughout the state. Learn More →

meet Our Partners

The IL LEND Program is housed in the University of Illinois at Chicago and has community and academic partners throughout the state.

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