LEND Fellows

Top 10 Reasons to be a LEND Fellow

LEND offers opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways to projects and programs that will beneficially affect our families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Here are the top 10 reasons our Fellows say someone should become a LEND Fellow.

  1. Make a difference in the lives of children and families
  2. Learn leadership and advocacy skills for working with children and families
  3. Develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of different disciplines to meet the needs of people with disabilities
  4. Learn how to become a positive agent of change in systems which affect people who experience disabilities
  5. Expand networks and resources to use in your career
  6. Advance your career and expand your job searches
  7. Learn what “interdisciplinary” really means and looks like
  8. Participate in research opportunities in collaboration with LEND faculty
  9. Share an experience with a child with disability and his/her family
  10. Continue life-long learning and skill development

 Meet the LEND Fellows

“The LEND program has pushed me in directions professionally that I never would have pursued without this experience. I have gained a great deal of confidence and knowledge about the resources we have in Alaska and access to resources outside Alaska through the internet and through networking with other LEND programs and participants.” 

2011/12 Speech Pathology LEND Fellow

“Though I was fairly knowledgeable in the field before LEND, I have found it to be rewarding on both a professional and personal level. I believe it has enhanced my career options. It has connected me with an incredible national network of researchers and practitioners. And while I am no stranger to family issues, the LEND family experience has deepened my appreciation of the importance of family voice in policy-making. I would like to believe that it is making me a better policy maker and practitioner.”

2011/12 Social Work LEND Trainee

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