mom and girl cuteThe MN Act Early Team partners with LEND which is an interdisciplinary training program.

The University of Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education inNeurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program is an interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 12 disciplines across the University of Minnesota and is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

With the formation of the University of Minnesota’s LEND program our university community now has the opportunity to have increased training, engagement, and support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. This will translate into real change and growth for Minnesota children and families. Twelve academic disciplines within the University have collaborated to create a unique and powerful learning experience for students and community trainees.

Those who are accepted as LEND fellows will be eligible for an individualized award based on the academic department in which they are enrolled and their individual needs/circumstances. LEND are paid as a monetary stipend.


mothersonFour goal outcomes of the program for families and children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities include:

  • Reduced Health Disparities
  • Facilitated Transitions to Adulthood
  • Increased Family/Child Skills in Self-Advocacy
  • Increased early identification and intervention for children with ASDs