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

Idiopathic Toe Walking: A Multidisciplinary Approach

November 9, 2017

With Marybeth Barkocy, PT, DPT, PCS
and Teresa Ziomek, MOTR/L

Attend in person or by remote access
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Idiopathic toe walking is a diagnostic term used to describe the condition in which children ambulate with a bilateral toe-toe pattern without any known reason or pathology. Often it impedes the child’s motor abilities causing frequent falls and impacting balance, running and other locomotor skills. This session will differentiate the contributing factors to toe waking, review assessments to determine impairments in children who toe walk and provide a multidisciplinary approach that includes PT and OT regarding evidence based and / or clinically relevant interventions.

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NM LEND is accepting applications for January 2017 – December 2017 LEND long-term interdisciplinary fellowship

October 9, 2017

NM LEND fellows are top graduate students, mid-career health care professionals or family members who seek to become leaders in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Leadership may take the form of clinical practice, administration, policy making, teaching and/or research.

Applications are accepted until November 15, 2017.



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.