• Program Director, MNLEND
  • Education Specialist 2
+1 612-301-3438
Inst on Community Integration
Room 204B PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Rebecca Dosch Brown serves as the MNLEND (Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) Program Director under an Education Specialist title. MNLEND is a year-long interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 16+ disciplines and is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. She provides MNLEND both its day-to-day and big picture operational, technical, reportorial, financial, curricular, and editorial management, execution, and data coordination.

Rebecca contributes to other Institute on Community Integration (ICI) community and research-based projects as an editor and a committee member of the ICI's Changing Landscapes (art events) and the ICI Cultural and Linguistic Competencies Workgroup which advises in all areas of ICI's Strategic Plan. She also serves on two of the ICI Strategic Planning Committees with activities to improve equity and community partnerships and to reduce systemic barriers faced by people with disabilities and their families. She has successfully written and co-written funded grants for the MNLEND program and the AUCD Disability Diversity Fellowship program. Most recently, she co-wrote an awarded grant, Project SCOPE, which will train interdisciplinary professionals across the state to better support and provide culturally and linguistically responsive resources to families and kinship networks raising children exposed in utero to opioids and polysubstances.

Her work and community experiences span teaching, research, advising, editing, and writing in the areas of disability history, societal inclusion, culturally-responsive education, pan-indigenous rights, secondary and post-secondary education, design thinking, the visual arts, creative writing, anti-racism and anti-ableism training, and grassroots community organizing. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with a focus on race and disability in education and youth health policy.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



Research and Training Center on Community Living Diversity Fellowships

Aims to (1) increase the knowledge and capacity of disability within a community-based organization (CBO) that serves diverse and/or underrepresented families, and (2) inform ICI about how to…


Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is…


Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (MNLEND)

Prepares future leaders who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (NDDs), and their families in healthcare, education, human…


Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (MNLEND) Website

A website presenting the program's training for future leaders who will serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families in health care, education, human services,...

Published: 2011


  • Community life
    • Civil rights
      • Community supports and services
        • Friendships and social relationships
          • Parenting and family relationships
            • Person-centered planning and practices
              • Positive behavior support
                • Recreation and leisure
                  • Self-advocacy and self-determination
                    • Social inclusion
                      • Support coordination and case management
                      • Culture and diversity
                        • Cultural competence
                          • English language learners (ELLs)
                            • Immigrants
                              • International initiatives
                                • Other cultural groups
                                  • Women
                                  • Direct support workforce
                                    • Retention and recruitment
                                      • Supervision and mentoring
                                        • Training
                                        • Early education and development
                                          • Early childhood education
                                            • Family engagement
                                            • Education practices (K12 and transition)
                                              • Accommodations and supports
                                                • Arts integration
                                                  • Family engagement
                                                    • IEP development
                                                      • Inclusive education
                                                        • Instructional strategies
                                                          • Mentoring of youth
                                                            • Paraprofessional and teacher development
                                                              • Positive behavior support
                                                                • Student learning strategies
                                                                  • Youth development and leadership
                                                                  • Educational accountability and assessment
                                                                    • Accommodations and supports
                                                                      • IDEA
                                                                      • Employment and postsecondary education
                                                                        • Accommodations and supports
                                                                          • Postsecondary education
                                                                            • Preparing for postsecondary education
                                                                            • Health and safety
                                                                              • Health and wellness
                                                                                • Mental health supports
                                                                                • Housing and residential services
                                                                                  • Family supports/in-home services
                                                                                    • Institutions and deinstitutionalization
                                                                                    • Specific disability
                                                                                      • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                                                                                        • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                                                                          • Mental health and/or chemical dependency
                                                                                          • Specific life stage
                                                                                            • Adolescents and young adults
                                                                                              • Adults
                                                                                                • Children
                                                                                                  • Early childhood


                                                                                                  • Dissemination
                                                                                                    • Outreach
                                                                                                      • Research
                                                                                                        • Technical assistance
                                                                                                          • Training and professional development