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    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs prepare future leaders in Maternal and Child Health with a special focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism.

    If you are having issues accessing your account or content in Moodle, please email VCL Associate Program Manager, Nicole Bardett, at nicole.r.bardett@vumc.org for assistance.

    To learn more about this program, please visit our website at vkc.vumc.org/vkc/lend.

LEND Program News and Learning Opportunities

5/20/2023: Family Friendly Open House - TN RIP

by Nicole Bardett -

The Regional Intervention Program (RIP) Open House is this Saturday, May 20, from 10a-12p (CT). They will have children’s activities, educational sessions, and tours of the building.

Flyer attached and link to the Facebook event below:

The Regional Intervention Program (RIP) is a parent-implemented, professionally-supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. RIP has been serving families with young children since 1969. This unique, internationally-recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families.

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4/29/2023: Family toolkit on transition from pediatric to adult health care webinar

by Nicole Bardett -

Got Transition and its National Family Advisory Group, with extensive input from a Family Voices workgroup of Spanish-speaking parent leaders, have developed a toolkit for families to use to guide their youth’s transition from pediatric to adult health care. The Family Toolkit includes easy-to-use resources in Spanish for youth and families to help youth assume more independence in taking care of their own health and using health services. Materials include a transition timeline, questions to ask your doctor, what turning 18 means for one’s health, and more! Got Transition and Family Voices will host a webinar in Spanish, with simultaneous English interpretation, on March 29th at 4pm ET/AST to discuss the toolkit. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td-uvrTwjGtzBA-Eg3Kc42lyrZgT3AYum.

Got Transition, su Grupo Asesor Nacional Familiar y la colaboración de padres líderes de habla hispana de Family Voices, han desarrollado un conjunto de herramientas para ayudar y guiar a las familias en la transición de sus jóvenes en los servicios de salud pediátricos a los de adulto. Esta guía es para familias e incluye recursos en español fáciles de usar para ayudar a jóvenes y familias a ser más independientes en su cuidado de su salud y el uso de los servicios de salud. Los recursos incluyen un programa de transición, preguntas para hacerle a su proveedor, lo que significa cumplir 18 años para su salud y más.  Got Transition y Family Voices realizarán un seminario virtual en español, con interpretación simultánea en inglés, el 29 de marzo a las 4:00 p. m. metro. ET/4:00 p. m AST para presentarles la guía para familias. Regístrese en https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td-uvrTwjGtzBA-Eg3Kc42lyrZgT3AYum.

4/12/2023: AUCD Webinar - DPS Orientation and Policy Education 101 Workshop

by Nicole Bardett -

2023 Disability Policy Seminar Orientation and Policy Education 101 Workshop: Preparing to Educate Policymakers in DC and at Home

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM ET

  Register Here  

This workshop will help trainees learn how to educate policymakers in DC and at home. It will also teach trainees how to connect their experience and expertise to policy. Finally, the workshop will help prepare trainees for the virtual 2023 Disability Policy Seminar on Monday, April 24th, and the fly-in hill day on Thursday, April 27th.

AUCD’s Policy Team and Invited Guests will review:

  • the basics of how the federal government works;
  • provide tips for meeting with and educating policymakers; and
  • how to frame policy priorities for effective impact.

For Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leaders, the workshop will also address Policy, one of the 12 Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies. For questions, please email itac@aucd.org.

Please Note:

  • There is no cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not available for this webinar.
  • This webinar will be held on the Zoom Platform. You can test your Zoom connection before the scheduled time by visiting this test webpage.
  • CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.

Presented by AUCD's Policy and Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Teams 

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