New Mexico LEND

April 1st, 2020

The New Mexico LEND program is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 year now

LEND fellows with the NM Governor

The next NM LEND cohort begins on August 13, 2020. Apply as soon as possible to be a part of the interdisciplinary traineeship. Interviews for the best applicants will be conducted by video calls in April and May, 2020. For best consideration, apply by April 30, 2020. We realize, though, that flexibility is needed more now than ever in light of the COVID-19 crisis. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary traineeship is designed to develop knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities including Autism
  • Family-Centered and Culturally Competent Care
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary Skills. 

The program includes seminars on Fridays throughout two semesters, leadership content, clinical skill building, research, and public policy and leadership workshops. Utilizing evidence-based materials, case studies and problem-based learning, role-play and experiential activities, observation of live clinics, and project activities, participants will develop expertise in understanding, working in partnership with, and advocating for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The interactive seminars are provided in conjunction with required readings, assignments, book and journal club, webinars, family-match experience, Capstone project that embeds leadership and research skills, and participation in orientation, leadership and public policy workshops.  Trainees can expect to spend 300 hours participating in LEND seminars and completing assignments and activities over two semesters. The traineeship includes a stipend (dependent on federal grant funding). 

The LEND faculty is interdisciplinary as are the trainees. The disciplines include: family, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pediatrics, physical therapy, psychology, public health administration, social work, special education, speech-language pathology and other related disciplines. 


January 14th, 2020

2020 Continuing Education Series for Pediatric Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists

The New Mexico LEND program at the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is partnering with the UNM Division of Physical Therapy program to bring you the continuing education series for pediatric physical and occupational therapists and related professionals.  The 2020 Pediatric Study Group series occurs the second Thursday of the month from 6pm – 8pm in February, April, September and November.  You can participate by attending in person at the CDD or remotely.   Continuing education credits for PTs and OTs are offered free of charge. The topics and details are listed here:

Dates (Thurs) Topic
Feb 13, 2020 Schroth Method for Treatment of Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis
April 9, 2020 Managing Pain in Pediatric Patients
Sept 10, 2020 Partnering with Families from Different Cultures
Nov 12, 2020 Emerging Therapies for SMA and DMD