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HDI is Seeking Applicants for 2023 LEND Program

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute seeks qualified applicants for the third year of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, in partnership with the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University.

LEND programs share the overall mission of improving the health of infants, children and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. A major focus of LEND is to increase the number of professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based screening and diagnosis, as well as supports to individuals and families. See the LEND website for more information.

We are accepting applications across disciplines for the 2023-2024 academic year. A total of nine trainees will be accepted in the LEND program, which includes leadership coursework and a rich array of clinical and community placements each semester. Trainees must commit to 15 hours of LEND activities each week.  

Trainees must be one of the following:

  • enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate training program in a LEND discipline, OR
  • a family member of an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability, OR
  • an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability

To apply:

  1. Complete LEND online application by March 3.
  2. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with finalists.
  3. 2023-2024 trainees will be notified by April 17. A total of nine selected trainees will receive a nine-month fellowship.

We will host two online Open Houses to describe the LEND program and application process. We welcome all interested persons.

  1. Feb. 7 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST (Zoom link)
  2. Feb. 8 at 12-1 p.m. EST (Zoom link)

Contact Dr. Caroline Gooden, Kentucky LEND Project Director, at with any questions or to schedule an informational session.