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Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities: MCH/LEND

The purpose of the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities. The LEND program objectives include the following:

  1. advancing the knowledge and skills of the full range of child health professionals to improve health care delivery systems for children with developmental disabilities
  2. providing high-quality interdisciplinary education to health professionals which emphasizes the integration of services supported by State, local agencies, organizations, private providers and communities
  3. providing a wide range of health professionals with the skills needed to foster a community-based partnership of health resources and community leadership
  4. promoting innovative practice models that enhance cultural competency, partnerships among disciplines, and family-centered approaches to care
  5. demonstrating that the proposed interdisciplinary training opportunities will increase diagnosis of, or rule out, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

Trainees participate in didactic, clinical, community, and research experiences. The training provides a balance of intra and interdisciplinary exposures. LEND training is provided to trainees who represent the following disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Genetic counselors
  • Health Administration
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology

A distance learning course is being developed to enable parents of children with developmental disabilities to avail themselves of LEND training. The MCDD co-funds several of the LEND staff as part of a centralized training resource, the MCDD Director serves as a Special Education faculty, and serves on the Curriculum Committee. In addition, the LEND Director serves on the MCDD Community Advisory Council.

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.

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