What is it about?

The Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program trains future leaders who have training from several disciplines, including psychology. This article outlines a curriculum used to train these future leaders to become effective disability advocates. Goal development, mentorship, experiential opportunities, and didactic teaching are discussed.

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Why is it important?

This curriculum is important because (as discussed in the article) many medical, allied health, and psychology graduate programs are not training their students about how to understand policy, educate policymakers, or advocate for/against specific policies. Some codes of ethics for these professionals include direct expectations to engage in advocacy. These future professionals are important stakeholders and need the training to meet this professional expectation.

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A key component of the disability movement is the mantra, "Nothing about us without us." This article is co-authored by myself, a disabled author, and the authentic direct voices of people with disabilities are incorporated throughout the curriculum. This is critical in its replication.

Kara Ayers
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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This page is a summary of: Fostering disability advocates: A framework for training future leaders through interprofessional education., Psychological Services, August 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ser0000386.
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