Trainee Descriptions

LEND Leadership Trainee

Graduate students and pre- and post-doctoral students in professions related to Maternal and Child Health (audiology, communication disorders, dentistry, psychology, early intervention, education, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, and social work)

OR

Practicing professionals in one of the aforementioned fields

LEND Family Trainee

The LEND program provides family members of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to develop their leadership and advocacy skills as part of an intensive training program that also includes trainees who are graduate students from a variety of healthcare and education disciplines.  Family Trainees complete the same rigorous requirements as other LEND trainees by participating in lectures, discussion groups, presentations, and projects.  To qualify for the family traineeship, the applicant must be a family member of a child or adult with a developmental disability, have demonstrated interest in leadership and advocacy, and have a desire to pursue future opportunities to advocate for all children and adults with disabilities. 

LEND Self-Advocate

The LEND Pittsburgh program provides people with a disability an opportunity to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills through a nine month training experience (from August through April each year). LEND Pittsburgh is seeking one self-advocate trainee who is 21 years or older, has prior self-advocacy skills, and who has an interest in furthering their skills to participate in advocacy activities that promote inclusion and meaningful participation of people with disabilities. As trainees, Self-Advocates will have a chance to learn about leadership in a new way by educating other trainees on how to interact with people with disabilities.  

Self-advocates bring to LEND the disability point of view.  The self-advocate trainee will participate in learning activities with other trainees who are graduate students from a variety of healthcare and education disciplines.  They will complete a similar set of requirements as other LEND trainees -- participating in lectures, discussion groups, presentations, and projects.