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MI-LEND Application 2020-21 Academic Year

February 1 - May 1

What is MI-LEND?
MIchigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program. MI-LEND trains Michigan’s emerging health care and social service leaders with the goal of improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with or at risk for Autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. MI-LEND faculty members are located at several Michigan universities and The Family Center, Michigan’s Title V program. The year-long training program focuses on developing family-centered, culturally competent, interdisciplinary leadership skills.Who should apply?
Individuals eligible to apply include self-advocates (e.g. persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities), family members, and those currently enrolled in, or those having recently completed, a graduate-level program (e.g. MA, MS, PhD, MD, etc) and who currently reside in Michigan. Examples of past trainee graduate programs include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Public Health Administration
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Physical Therapy (PT)
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

The application for the 2020-2021 MI-LEND Long-Term Trainee Cohort year is open from February 1 to May 1, 2020. The 2020-21 cohort year runs from September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Program requirements for the 2020-2021 Cohort year include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 300 hours of combined didactic, clinical, and community/family experiences.
  • Active participation in 14, 90-minute didactic Zoom sessions (starting September 2019).
  • Six (6) face-to-face sessions (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM).
  • Completion of learning modules and activities throughout the year.


February 1
May 1
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Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI)
(313) 577-2654


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