New Mexico LEND

2017 Spring LEND Graduates

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (NM LEND) at the University of New Mexico is located at the Center for Development and Disability.

LEND trainees discussing at a table

Trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines, family members and self-advocates engage in training related to interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent systems of care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families.

LEND Group with NM Senator Tom Udall

Since 1994, the program has offered graduate and post-graduate leadership training in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities including autism.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

News & Events

Strengthening Family Involvement in LEND Training Programs

September 6, 2017

Phyllis Shingle Presenter

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Over the past two decades there has been a growing role in LEND programs for family members to provide interdisciplinary teams with an invaluable perspective in the scope of their training: the perspective of the family. This role is unique in that the experiences of being a family member or parent of an individual with a developmental disability cannot be learned in any university course but contain information vital to the success of clinical, research, and public policy interventions. As the role of family members has grown in LEND programs and other MCH training programs, the LEND Family Discipline Workgroup has aggregated the successes and challenges of incorporating the unique knowledge and experience into training. This webinar will provide a forum for discussing issues related to the inclusion of family in MCH Training programs. Panelists will discuss existing resources to strengthen the family discipline and strategies for program leaders and family faculty to build their programs by broadening and deepening the involvement of families.

NM LEND Faculty member Phyllis Shingle will be one of the panelists for this webinar along with Fran Goldfarb, MA, MCHES, Babara Levitz , MS Ed, and Linda V. Russo, MAE, BS, RRT-NPS

Phyllis Shingle, Family Member, LMSW CIRS, represents the family discipline on the faculty team and facilitates opportunities for family-professional collaboration within the LEND curriculum. She is also the manager of the Center for Development and Disability Information Network, which includes the CDD Library and the disability resources phone line. She is a licensed Social Worker, a nationally certified Information and Referral Specialist, and a graduate of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Family Scholar program.

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Diversity Fellows Grant Project Leads to Leadership Opportunity for Self Advocates

June 13, 2017

NM LEND Self-Advocacy fellow Laurel Deans with binder from Advocate Leadership Academy

As a New Mexico LEND Self-Advocacy trainee, Daniel Ekman worked with faculty mentor Phyllis Shingle to create a document with leadership competencies, objectives and activities for people with disabilities. The idea was to develop a document that organizations could use and adapt as part of their own leadership curriculum for individuals with disabilities.

As a Diversity Fellow, Daniel used this same document in his work with the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) as they developed their new 14-week Advocate Leadership Academy program. The competencies were adapted to serve as the core curriculum for the Academy, including a self-assessment for program fellows. The mission of the Academy is to build and refine leadership abilities in interested persons with diverse disabilities from a variety of communities in New Mexico by providing learning opportunities, resources and hands-on experiences.

The vision is that the Advocate Leadership Academy will produce Advocate Leaders who can then teach the program to others throughout the state of New Mexico. By 2021, there will be Regional Resource Networks in every region of New Mexico. These Regional Resource Networks will be facilitated, organized and maintained by Advocate Leaders from local communities.