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Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (VT LEND)

Grant Status: Active

Training Category: LEND

Project Director(s):

Maria Avila, PhD
Larner College of Medicine
University of Vermont
UHC Rehab 477 Rm 4318 1 South Prospect St.
Burlington, VT  05401
Phone: 802-656-0204
Email: maria.avila@uvm.edu

Problem:

The purpose of the VT LEND program is to improve the health of individuals who have, or are at risk for developing autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) by training a cadre of interdisciplinary leadership professionals. The need for person-/family-centered, culturally and linguistically responsive interdisciplinary leadership professionals continues with the increasing incidence of autism, as well as persistent health disparities. Goals & Objectives: Goal 1: Train graduate & post-graduate students, family members, people with disabilities and community professionals (long term trainees) and individuals in graduate programs (medium & short term trainees) on the complex needs of those with ASD/DD, in an interdisciplinary manner, to improve systems of care for individuals with ASD/DD. Obj. 1- Annually provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate-level education to 12 long-term trainees that emphasizes the integration of services supported by state, local agencies, organizations, private providers, and communities in VT & USVI. Obj. 2- Increase the number of trainees & faculty/staff from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Obj. 3- Increase the number of individuals with disabilities and family members in the program as trainees, faculty, and program consultation Obj. 4- Provide training to medium-& short-term trainees in MCH interdisciplinary, culturally responsive person-/family-centered care, disability policy and advocacy, and leadership skills. Goal 2: Increase the number of interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations and interventions provided by LEND faculty and trainees measured by EHB. Obj. 1- Each year, faculty & trainees will work in diagnostic clinics, school-based settings, early intervention teams, and medical homes evaluating and serving children with ASD/DD and their families. Obj. 2- Ensure VT LEND trainees receive training on person-/family-centered care and culturally responsive models for serving children with ASD/DD. Goal 3: Provide continuing education for practicing professionals and technical assistance (TA) to local, state and national program & agencies to improve the system of care for people with disabilities Obj. 1- Provide a minimum of 3 continuing education activities each year in MCH leadership areas to community professionals. Obj. 2- Provide TA to local state, and national programs to improve systems of care for individuals with disabilities Population Served: The VT LEND program will serve children, adolescents & adults with ASD/DD; family members; graduate students; MCH Title V and related programs; policy makers; and health & related professionals in Vermont, US Virgin Islands and nationally.



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