MNLEND Now Accepting Fellowship Applications
ICI's Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program is recruiting its next cohort of MNLEND Fellows for 2019-20. This year-long graduate-level interdisciplinary program trains emerging leaders to advocate for, and improve the quality-of-life outcomes of, infants, children, and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and Down syndrome. MNLEND will offer 28-30 fellowships to self-advocates with disabilities, family members, community practitioners, graduate students, and post-doctoral students. Fellows receive generous award stipends. Applicants from under-represented racial and ethnic/linguistic communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
MNLEND Fellows vividly recall what the program has meant to them. John ("Jack") Reagan, from the 2017-18 fellowship class (pictured), wrote, "I think that overall LEND is the most incredible experience of my life, being able to network and develop evidence-based practice to influence systems. I value every aspect of LEND." His classmate, Pang Chaxiong, agreed and added: "LEND instilled in me this 'can-do' vibe...this 'I-am-the-one-to-do-it' attitude. As a growing leader, I will continue to think not only of the way things are, but also of the way things could be." Another classmate, Yusuf Samatar, reflected: "I learned about different leadership styles, and that a leader has to inspire and bring others together and create a positive environment. Meeting with professional people from different disciplines and fields was the opportunity of a lifetime. I learned about ASD/NDD from different researchers and professors... and each one of them was like a walking library. I also learned how to assess Positive Behavior Supports and how to manage problems behavior positively."