UW LEND offers learning experiences that include interactive interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of ideas. Didactic opportunities:

  • Advance knowledge of disabilities to include assessment and diagnosis in the social context of family, community, school and work
  • Explore intersections of disability with culture, ethnicity, race, and mental health
  • Examine systems and policies that support individuals with disability

Core LEND Didactics

Weekly 1-hour seminars on a range of topics to include clinical, leadership,  systems of care, and other emerging areas. Seminars are offered virtually and recorded.

Five 2-1/2 hour interactive workshops scheduled on the first Monday of the month. Focus on MCH core leadership competencies. In-person or synchronous participation required, session recorded.

Three 4-hour forums designed to offer dedicated time for learning, discussion, and reflection on core MCH priorities. In-person or synchronous participation required, session recorded.

Annually UW LEND trainees and faculty share in reading an assigned book on a disability topic and share in reflective discussion.

A 10-week curriculum offered quarterly for small groups of UW LEND trainees. Explore issues of adolescent and young adult health, education, and meaningful life transition. Includes observation in at least one community-based transition program. Offered on a virtual platform, synchronous participation required.

Annual symposium celebrating the end of the UW LEND year. Trainees present their individual leadership projects.

Additional Opportunities & Resources

Online modules for self-study to explore the individual roles and contributions of core LEND disciplines. View modules here.


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Occupational Therapy

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Physical Therapy

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Social Work

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Speech and Language

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The LEND Discipline Modules can be accessed here. Each module is available as a pdf so that you can save the content file to your computer and review over time.

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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Training Consortium

The University of Washington is home to three leadership training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Faculty and trainees in these programs network to serve a collaborative partnership. 

UW LEND trainees are encouraged to attend didactic seminars across programs, partner with other MCH trainees on leadership projects,  and attend annual trainee gatherings of the UW MCH Leadership Training Consortium.

Partner programs are located at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

  • Pediatric Pulmonary Center (link)
  • Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (link)

Link to CHDD Calendar.

The Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington makes important contributions to the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families through a comprehensive array of research, clinical services, training, community outreach, and dissemination activities, that includes the UW LEND.

Link to Seattle Children’s Hospital Educational Programs and Resources. Many sessions are recorded and archived.

Recommended programming includes:

  • Provider Grand Rounds: Weekly lectures on emerging clinical and research topics by pediatric healthcare experts. Thursday mornings 8-9am.
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Available monthly from October-June.

Annual interdisciplinary conference focused on the care of persons with physical disabilities to include family panel and presentations by national and local experts. Sponsored by Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW LEND.

Link to UW Medical Center Rounds Schedule.

Rounds are on Fridays 12 – 1 PM. Join the webcast using Zoom .

Zoom Meeting ID:  812 197 730

The PacWest LEND Consortium collaborates to support an annual trainee-led conference focused on an emerging disability issue. LEND trainees from across programs participate in leadership roles and networking.

Discipline Specific Training

Where Pediatric Clinical Care and Leadership Training Intersect