Thank you for interest in applying to UW LEND. Our Program prepares trainees from diverse disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and in interdisciplinary practices.

Applications accepted from:

  • Students enrolled in an advanced graduate program
  • Individuals completing a post-doctoral fellowship
  • Mid-career community professionals*
  • Family members of a neurodiverse individual(s)
  • Self-advocates, neurodiverse individuals or individuals with a developmental disability ready to grow their leadership and advocacy skills
*For those in Speech Language Pathology completing their Clinical Fellowship Year:  The UW LEND program does not fund/hire SLP clinical fellows.  SLP applicants with CFY placements in the community are welcome to apply to UW LEND with the agreement of the CFY supervisor and evidence that they can meet their CFY and UW LEND requirements.


As a UW LEND long-term trainee you will:

  • Complete ≥ 300 hours of training to include classroom learning and discussion, clinical practice, community-based experiences, and leadership activities
  • Commit 6-8 hours per week on LEND activities for 9 months
  • Complete a mentored leadership project
  • Meet with assigned faculty mentor on regular basis
  • Receive a base stipend with opportunity to apply for additional needs-based funding*
*The UW LEND program is supported by a federal HRSA/MCHB grant, and as such financial support is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.


How to Apply:

  • Complete the UW LEND application and prepare a personal statement
  • Provide a copy of your resume or CV
  • Provide two references using the UW LEND Recommendation Form

Completed application materials or questions submitted to

We offer assistance completing the application materials.  If you would like help filling out the forms, preparing a resume or personal statement, please contact nan Ringera, Administrative Assistant.


UW LEND 2022-2023 Applications

Open January 17, 2022
Submit by April 4, 2022

UW LEND Contact

  • Susan Wendel, MS, OTR
    Susan Wendel, MS, OTR UW LEND Training Director

Phone: 206-685-1350 

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