NDCPD participates in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND or URLEND) training program. The Utah Regional LEND is an interdisciplinary program that trains professionals to move beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries to provide optimal services to child and adolescents with special health care needs. Because families are essential to well-being, this program emphasizes the role of family-centered care. In the fall of each year, LEND Trainees are brought together with faculty and families of children with special health care needs, to form an interdisciplinary learning cohort. Each long-term trainee participates in three forms of learning: didactic (classroom), leadership, and clinical. URLEND
NDCPD supports professionals in the following fields to participate as long-term LEND trainees:
Audiology, Dentistry/Pediatric Dentistry, Education, General Medicine, Genetics, Health Administration, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology. NDCPD also supports people with disabilities and their family members to participate in the LEND training program. (JoLynn Webster - NDCPD Pre-service coordinator)
As part of the LEND program, NDCPD invites members of the public to participate in the LEND Training Seminars. These interactive seminars are held on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) in the NDCPD Teleconference Studio (room 207, Memorial Hall, Minot State University Campus). The seminars are free and participants can attend all or part of each seminar.
WHAT IS DISABILITY AND SOCIETY?
Disability and Society is a class that covers the issues which people with disabilities encounter as they go through the life-span from birth to death. Factual information is presented about each lifespan stage through lectures, small group activities, and guest presentations by people with disabilities and their family members.
WHEN DOES IT MEET?
This class meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 in the Honor’s Center in Model Hall. WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS CLASS? SPED 234H will prepare you to live well in the 21st Century as you encounter diversity as expressed by people with disabilities who may be colleagues, employees, neighbors, or members of the community.
In addition to gaining valuable information, SPED 234H COUNTS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION CREDIT AND MEETS ONE OF YOUR DIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS!
For more information contact Pre-Service Coordinator, JoLynn Webster
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
(800)233-1737 or (701)858-3206
Ms. JoLynn Webster is the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Preservice Training Program through the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. She teaches a Disability Studies course and coordinates NDCPD's collaboration with the Utah Regional LEND training program. She is also a research associate with NDCPD's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG).
Ms. Webster is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Minot State University. She is responsible for teaching graduate and undergraduate special education courses and supervising practicum students and student teachers. Ms. Webster has been in the field of special education for over fifteen years and has extensive classroom experience with students who have severe and profound disabilities.
LEND Training Program
MSU Disabilities Study Class
Ms. Webster's Vita (pdf document)