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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities

Project Website

Grant Status: Active

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


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.


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.


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.


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.