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Disability Perspective Experience

An integrated and critical part of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD)  training curriculum is its collaboration with the Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program and the disability perspective on developmental disabilities.

The Disability Perspective Experience provides training to college students studying in health, public health, law and other disciplines, from the point of view of families and/or self-advocates. Through discussions with families and/or self-advocates, students have the unique opportunity to discover and develop sensitivities to the complexities and challenges facing families and/or self-advocates on a daily basis. As a result, students are better prepared to serve families and work with self-advocates as they become professionals in their chosen fields.

Benefits of the Disability Perspective Experience

  • Families & self-advocates are partners in training
  • Trainees gain awareness of family and self-advocate perspective
  • Trainees translate impact of a family life on professional practice
  • Trainees integrate family & self-advocates perspective into practice

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