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

Dollar Store Therapy: Promoting Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition on the Cheap

With Lisa Protsman, PT, PhD, PCS

Thursday February 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2 PT or OT continuing education contact hours are available at no cost.
Attend in person or by remote access.

Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists working with young children with movement disorders develop treatment strategies to support motor learning in home and clinic settings. This training will review motor learning theories, provide supporting evidence for strategies that promote motor learning, discuss intervention strategies and activities to maximize motor skill acquisition and illustrate how inexpensive items (Dollar Store purchases) can support motor learning.

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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.

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Protsman Dollar Store Therapy 2-15-2018