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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities

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Grant Status: Active

Training Category: LEND

Project Director(s):

Paula Rabidoux, PhD
Nisonger Center, UCEDD
Ohio State University
395 McCampbell Hall, 1581 Dodd Dr.
Columbus, OH  43210
Phone: (614) 688-8472
Email: Paula.Rabidoux@osumc.edu

Problem:

The development of a skilled MCH workforce is critical to achieving optimal health and life outcomes for individuals with ASD/DD and their families. Despite improvements in some areas of care there remains a significant unmet need for evidence-based, equitable, and coordinated systems of care across the lifespan for individuals with ASD/DD and their families.

Goals and Objectives:

This project addresses 5 primary goals: (1): To provide effective interdisciplinary training to a wide range of students, family members, and individuals with disabilities to increase the capacity of health systems to provide quality care for individuals with ASD/DD and their families (2): To develop trainees with advanced clinical skills including knowledge of evidence-based screening, diagnosis, and interventions for individuals with ASD/DD across the lifespan. (3): To participate in applied research, continuing education, and technical assistance/consultation activities to increase public awareness and promote systems of care that improve the health and well-being of individuals with ASD/DD and their families. (4): To teach health-related professionals to provide culturally and linguistically competent health care services to underserved populations, including transition aged youth with ASD/DD, and individuals with ASD/DD and mental health disorders. (5): To prepare health related professionals to address health promotion and health equity for individuals with ASD/DD.

Methodology:

An integrated interdisciplinary curriculum of didactics, clinical training, leadership, and applied research projects is completed. Trainees develop an Individual Learning Plan to guide their learning. Faculty teach two courses, a Leadership Seminar, and a Topics in IDD Research Forum. Trainees participate in a variety of interdisciplinary clinical activities at varied locations. Research and Leadership projects address current and emerging MCH topics. HP 2030 OBJECTIVES addressed by the project include: increasing the proportion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who enroll in services by age 48 months; Increasing the proportion of elementary and secondary schools and early childcare settings that are trauma informed.

Coordination:

LEND activities will be closely coordinated with the Ohio Departments of Health and Developmental Disabilities; state, regional and national LEND programs, AUCD, and local communities. Clinical activities are coordinated with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Evaluation:

Programmatic evaluation methods will utilize the National Information Reporting System (NIRS) using formative and summative evaluation procedures based on the trainee's Individualized Learning Plan and portfolio.



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