Opportunities

LEARN: LFAC offers trainings on topics important to parents of children with special needs.

Fall 2014 Schedule of trainings for parents and professionals

  • IEP Training: October 15, 2014 12-1pm
  • IEP Training: October 21, 2014 6:30-8 pm (evening version, with extra time for questions)
  • Homework Help: Positive Solutions: November 19, 2014 12-1pm

Spring 2015 Tentative dates and topics

  • Positive Behavior Supports, Challenging behaviors: January 21, 2015 12-1pm
  • Emergency Preparedness for Families with Children with Special Needs: February 18, 2015 12-1pm
  • Customized Employment: March 18, 2015 12-1pm
  • DD Eligibility Process: April 15, 2015 12-1

For registration information, please contact rain@alaskachd.org. Trainings are usually offered in Anchorage (on site) and Fairbanks (by video), and teleconference.

MENTOR: Mentor a LEND Fellow and help them understand the day to day challenges and successes parents of children with special needs face.

Mentor: Host Family Mentorship The Host Family Mentorship Experience is a key part of the Alaska LEND program. The Host Family Mentorship Experience is a program in which families like yours help train professionals who work with children with disabilities and their families. These professionals may be occupational therapists, speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, special education teachers, or professionals in other related fields. The Fellows chosen for this program are being prepared to be leaders.

Each family has a Fellow assigned to them. Families show the Fellow what it is like, in their own personal experience, to have a child with a disability or special health care needs. We hope that families will share their feelings and experiences, including the good times and bad times, so that Fellows can see “the whole picture” of what it is like to be a family with a child with a disability. The Fellow will always respect the family’s confidentiality and will not share information that may identify the family to others.

Fellows spend 25 to 30 hours with his/her host family. This time is divided so that approximately half of these hours occur between mid-September and December 31 and the other half between January 1 and May 1. LEND Host Families receive a stipend for participating.

If you are interested, the Family Faculty or the LEND Training Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions and provide you with more details. For more information, you can read this document: LEND Host Family Mentorship Experience

LEAD: Family LEND Fellow

Are you a parent or family member of a child with a developmental disability? Do you have a passion for making systems better for families? Do you want to expand your leadership skills and realm of influence to make a difference? Consider applying to be a Family LEND Fellow.

LEND emphasizes the importance of being family centered in every aspect of the program, including inclusion of Fellows that are parents or family members of children who experience a developmental disability.

Family Fellows do not need to meet the degree requirements of the other disciplines, but do need to know it is an academic program. The program runs September–May, and results in a workforce credential and pays a stipend for those who complete program requirements.

Click on “Apply to Alaska LEND” for more information. We recruit for the next program February-March of each year. Contact the Training Coordinator at rain@alaskachd.org, if you have questions or if you would like to receive an alert when recruitment begins.

"As a result of my participation in LEND, I have a refined ability to connect the focus of other disciplines to the focus of my own work in a synergistic way, a way that creates a broader vision of what is possible." – LEND Family Fellow 2013–14

"The LEND program challenged me to become a better advocate for my family, my friends, and neighbors.  Having a child who has special needs, I felt like I was able to give a unique perspective on children with disabilities and what they and their family go through on a daily basis."

– LEND Family Fellow 2013–14

SHARE: LEND Speaker's Bureau

Have you learned through challenges and navigating systems information that could benefit other families who are on a similar journey? LEND maintains a list of parents and self-advocates who are willing to participate in panels and other events to provide a family and self-advocate perspectives. Speaker’s bureau members receive occasional requests via email with the description of the seminar or event, to see if they are available. Families and self-advocates who are interested in sharing their experiences and expertise with others should contact the LEND Training Coordinator at rain@alaskachd.org.

PARTICIPATE: LEND Family Advisory Council

Participate in an engaging group of parent professionals that advise the LEND program and work to improve systems that effect families with children with disabilities. See the “About LFAC” page to learn more about our group, and contact the LEND Training Coordinator at rain@alaskachd.org if you are interested in joining the council.