Part of the LEND Brief series.
Managing Editor(s)
Kelly Nye-Lengerman PhD
Anab A Gulaid
Amy S Hewitt
Connie J Burkhart


An issue providing information about how diverse communities view, understand, and experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. A growing body of research in the United States identifies differences between children from diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds who have neurodevelopmental disabilities. There are differences in estimated prevalence; access to early identification, assessment and diagnosis; as well as access to various forms of intervention and treatment. This issue in the bi-annual LEND Brief series showcases projects and programs that recognize dimensions of culture, socioeconomics, and language through the services and supports they deliver to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and families. It includes information on a range of topics for families, service providers, educators, advocates, policymakers, and others, as well as a variety of perspectives related to culture and the delivery of intervention programs within culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


Spring 2015 
Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (MNLEND)


  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
  • Specific life stage
    • Children
  • Culture and diversity
    • Cultural competence
    • English language learners (ELLs)
    • Immigrants
    • International initiatives
    • Other cultural groups
    • Somalis
  • Housing and residential services
    • Family supports/in-home services
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)