2018-2019 Application now available!

Individuals with disabilities, family members of an individual with a developmental disability, and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Check with your discipline coordinator to find out when you need to have your LEND application materials submitted. The last date to submit your materials for 2018-2019 training year would be May 16, 2018 unless you have been given an earlier due date.

How To Apply

All interested applicants are asked to submit:

  • a completed application
    • Apply online
    • Apply by mail
  • a recommendation form completed by a faculty member or individual most familiar with your work or leadership development
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • official academic transcript(s)
    (if currently or previously enrolled as a college student; please include both undergraduate and graduate transcripts)

Selection Criteria for Applicants

Trainees selected to participate in the LEND Program must:

  • apply as one of the following:
    • a family member of an individual with a developmental disability
    • a person with a developmental disability (self-advocate)
    • a student enrolled in (or a graduate of) the graduate program for one of the core disciplines (audiology, genetic counseling, human development and family studies, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, public health, social work, special education, speech/language pathology) at the UW-Madison or at another campus
  • be able to participate fully in the curriculum
  • Applications will be screened and rank ordered for:

    • career goals compatible with the maternal and child health competencies to be achieved through the program
    • evidence of personal achievements relative to their discipline, health systems and/or children with disabilities and their families
    • basic disciplinary knowledge and skills
    • evidence of overall academic excellence if in a graduate program
    • excellent communication skills.

LEND faculty and training coordinators in each discipline screen the applications and conduct interdisciplinary interviews with applicants to assess their interpersonal skills and their potential for successfully completing the leadership training program.

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Last Wednesday, November 1st, 2017