LEND Trainee Spotlight: Julie Caudill-Clark. She has long, ginger hair tied back and bright, green eyes. She is wearing a navy floral top and headphones, smiling for the photograph.

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Julie Caudill-Clark

Julie Caudill-Clark, a doctoral student in Eastern Kentucky University’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program, is a current LEND Trainee. Her current studies focus on Special Education and she is completing requirements to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She also holds a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Teacher Leadership and Special Education. 

In her teaching positions, she has taught children with Autism at the middle and high school levels, earning her an Illinois Highly Qualified Certification in Secondary Education for grades 6-12 in English, Math, Social Sciences, and Special Education. She also holds a Kentucky Teaching Certification for these areas and is certified in ages 3-21 as a Special Education Teacher. 

Currently serving as Director of Disability Services and Testing for Hazard Community and Technical College, she supports all students with disabilities at all campuses. She determines accommodations students can use in classrooms. 

Also serving as Chair for the Disability Services Workgroup for Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), she works with other Disability Service Providers to develop the Disability Services Handbook. Additionally, her and her team facilitate training and materials for Faculty and Staff guiding support provided to all students.

Julie serves on the Board for Kentucky AHEAD as the Chair for Membership. This organization provides training, networking and support to other Disability Service Professionals at the college level and allows us to improve services provided at Kentucky colleges and universities. 

Julie hopes to expand her knowledge and abilities while continuing work in Kentucky!

Julie is currently enrolled as a trainee in the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute’s (HDI) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. LEND is a five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University. 

These programs share the overall mission of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. LEND aims to increase the number of professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based screening and diagnosis, as well as support to individuals and families.

Visit www.hdi.uky.edu/kylend to learn more. Contact the Kentucky LEND Project Director caroline.gooden@uky.edu with any questions or to schedule an informational session for your department and interested students!