Training Leaders in Maternal and Child Health with a focus on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

The Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities prepares leaders across the health and education professions to serve children with special health needs and their families.

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As an interdisciplinary group of leaders; we collaborate with:

  • Title V Children with Special Health Needs
  • Vermont Blueprint for Health
  • Autism Programs state-wide

UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion and network nationally with other programs through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

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Key components of our 300 hour training include graduate level coursework, interdisciplinary clinical experiences, and leadership and policy skill development. Our seminars are part of the Certificate in Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disability.

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Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) encompasses children with intellectual disabilities, motor disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities.


  • Avila Comments on Racial Disparities in Healthcare on NBC5 & VPR
    June 9, 2020
    (JUNE 9 & 11, 2020) Maria Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., M.S.W., program director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, associate professor of pediatrics, and health equity and inclusive excellence liaison, was featured in local news stories on COVID-19 and racial disparities in health on Vermont Public Radio and NBC5.