Alaska LEND without Walls requires a minimum commitment from long term Fellows of 300 hours, which includes over 100 hours of clinical experience in an academic year. Long term Fellows receive a Workforce Credential and a stipend for completion of the LEND program.
The LEND program is offered using distance technology to Fellows across the state, including Video Conferencing and some Web conferencing. LEND Fellows also travel to Anchorage three times during the program year. Approved travel for required LEND activities will be paid for by the grant.
Sept–May Academic Year commitment
Attend LEND Orientation (2-day face-to-face in Anchorage in September)
Participate in weekly seminars, Fridays 1-4 pm (offered via video/web conferencing at community sites outside the Anchorage bowl.)
Attend two Leadership Workshops (2-days each, face-to-face in Anchorage; one during Fall semester and one during Spring semester)
Complete all program requirements
Monthly meeting with your faculty mentor
Spend an average of 5–10 hours per week outside the Friday seminars on LEND activities such as clinical/field experiences, time with host family, and research
Eligibility criteria for Long Term Fellows
Meet one of the education/experience descriptions below: Baccalaureate degree and enrolled in a
graduate program in one of the following disciplines: nursing, public
health, social work, psychology, special education, education, speech
language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, or medicine. -OR- Graduate degree in one of the following disciplines:
nursing, public health, social work, psychology, special education,
education, speech language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy,
or medicine. Note: For Occupational Therapists, you have achieved an
academic degree and training which constitutes basic professional level
training. -OR- Baccalaureate degree and at least 5 years of experience with increasing professional responsibilities in the field of developmental and related disabilities. -OR- You are a parent or family member of a child with a developmental disability.
Have long-term professional leadership goals focused in developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder in Alaska.
Long term Fellows develop an individualized leadership training plan (ILTP) with their faculty mentor which meets their personal long term goals. All program components tie directly to this plan and many options are available within each component.