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Interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

Project Website

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

Project Director(s):

Amy Costanza-Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR  97239-3098
Phone: (503) 418-1550


There is a shortage of medical and allied health professionals well trained to be leaders in interdisciplinary, family centered care for individuals with ASD/DD and their families.

Goals and Objectives:

The aim of this project is to improve the lives of youth with ASD/DD by increasing knowledge, skills, and competencies of pre- and post-degree advanced trainees to serve as future leaders in care, research, and policy. This will be accomplished through:

  • GOAL 1: Leadership training of individuals from a broad range of disciplines
  • GOAL 2: Collaboration with UCEDDs, Title V, and other LEND programs on training and research
  • GOAL 3: Collaboration various agencies to provide continuing education, technical assistance, and consultation to the community
  • GOAL 4: Influencing and advancing policy and clinical practice


Oregon LEND is closely allied with Oregon Title V and the OHSU UCEDD. Resources include a faculty of more than 60 and a large, diverse clinical program. Other resources include OHSU departments, universities locally and nationally, community agencies, and national organizations. The core faculty represents 13 disciplines. The Project annually recruits short, medium, and long-term trainees with great potential for leadership from up to 15 disciplines (including family). Training includes didactic instruction, clinical training, research engagement, leadership projects, and community activities.


Oregon LEND provides training and technical assistance to Oregon Title V and UCEDD, and maintains partnerships with the AUCD and many community agencies.


Evaluation stems from the objectives and measures numbers and types of trainees, clinical services, community education events, and long-range trainee outcomes.