Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)


Alaska LEND without Walls provides graduate level interdisciplinary leadership training for individuals with a commitment to providing family-centered coordinated systems of health care and related services to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism and other developmental disabilities.

The Alaska LEND without Walls is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration DHHS and trains future leaders in maternal and child health at the state and national level.

Interdisciplinary leadership training is the hallmark of LEND Programs. Faculty from special education, social work, psychology, nursing, family, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, public health and medicine collaborate to offer interdisciplinary training and experiences.

LEND Program Functions
  • Family-Centered
  • Building relationships with family, professionals and community service providers
  • Recognizing, respecting and celebrating diversity
  • Promoting health and meaningful life participation for all children
  • Leadership, developing trust and common vision with others to effect system change
Contact LEND

Rain Van Den Berg, MPH
LEND Training Coordinator
(907) 264-6281

Jenny Miller, DrPH
LEND Training Director

(907) 786-6588

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
Fax: (907) 274-4802

Trainee Activities

The Alaska LEND without Walls requires a minimum commitment of 300 hours, which include over 100 hours of clinical experience in an academic year. Trainees participate in:

  • Interdisciplinary seminars
  • Online assignments
  • Case conferences
  • Clinical observations
  • Family experiences
  • Community-based program outreach
  • Research
LEND Program National Network
  • There are 43 LENDs across the country.
  • They work together to address national issues of importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchange best practices, and develop shared products.
  • LEND programs come together regionally to address issues specific to their location.
  • Visit the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) website to learn more.