Apply to Alaska LEND

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-20 LEND. Please review these application instructions, complete the application form, and send the other required materials to the LEND Training Coordinator.

To be considered for the 2019-20 program, submit your application before April 8, 2019.

LEND 2019-20 Application Instructions

LEND 2019-20 Application Form

LEND Reference Form (You will need to have two professional references complete this form)

LEND Informational Session Recorded 2/20/17

Listen to a recording of an informational session about the Alaska LEND program.  Learn about the program and hear Faculty and a past LEND Fellow talk about the experience.  (Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diVruTDcB60)

Expectations

  • Sept–May Academic Year commitment 
  • Participate in weekly seminars, Fridays 1-4 pm (offered via video/web conferencing at community sites outside of Anchorage)
  • Attend three Leadership Workshops (2-days each, face-to-face in Anchorage; at beginning, middle, and end of program)
  • Complete all program requirements
  • Monthly meeting with your faculty mentor
  • Spend an average of 6–10 hours per week on LEND activities such as seminar, clinical/field experiences, time with host family, and leadership project

Eligibility Criteria for Long Term Fellows

  1. You must meet at least one of the four eligibility criteria:
    a) 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-
    b) 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. 
    -OR-
    c) Baccalaureate degree and at least 5 years of experience with increasing professional responsibilities in the field of developmental and related disabilities.
    -OR-
    d) A parent or family member of a child with a developmental disability.

    -AND-
  2. Have long-term professional leadership goals focused in developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder in Alaska.

Completion of the LEND Long Term Fellowship results in a Workforce Credential. All required travel for the program is paid by the grant. For those selected through the application process, there is no fee to participate, and Fellows receive a stipend for completing the program. UAA Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) credits are available, 3 per semester. Ask the Training Coordinator if there are questions. Twelve Long Term Fellows are selected to participate each year.

For Parents and Self Advocates

As a parent of a child with an intellectual or developmental disability, or as someone who experiences an intellectual or developmental disability, there is also a Medium Term Fellowship opportunity. This Fellowship completes 150 hours instead of 300 hours over two semesters. Three Medium Term Fellows are selected to participate each year. 

Medium Term Fellows focus on building leadership and advocacy skills. Medium Term Fellows attend all seminars and training, and complete field hours to meet individual goals. Medium Term Fellows do not complete a leadership project, clinical observation hours, and the host family experience that the Long Term Fellows complete.

To apply, please follow the application directions, and note your interest in the Medium Term Fellowship on the application form. Though academic experience is helpful, it is not required for this Fellowship. Medium Term Fellows who are selected receive a stipend for completing the program.

UAA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination.

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