Maternal and Child Health in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

LEND Applications

Apply now for the 2022-2023 WVU CED LEND Program! Completed applications are due March 6, 2022.

  • Graduate Trainee Application
  • Family Trainee Application
  • Self-Advocate Trainee Application

    The job of a LEND self-advocate is to demonstrate readiness to develop new leadership skills and to share their personal perspectives on disability and related topics with their fellow LEND trainees. There is no educational minimum required, nor does this person need to be enrolled in an academic program. A LEND self-advocate should have a desire to become more educated about their rights as outlined in ADA, 504 regulations, and other policies that address the needs of the disability community. Self-advocates are important members of our LEND team. As self-advocates share their experiences and perspectives, they teach fellow LEND trainees. In turn, the other trainees help self-advocates develop their voice and increase their knowledge.

    The program has many different learning activities. We have Feeding and Swallowing clinic on Thursday mornings along with various learning seminars on Thursday afternoons. Thursday activities typically run from 9:00am until about 3:30pm. In addition, we have Journal Club one night a month which usually lasts 1 ½ hours. There are also campus activities, speakers, and interactive discussions. Although COVID has restricted the ability to attend some of the activities that were once a part of the program, it has allowed us to set up Zoom so people can participate virtually from offsite locations. All students, including self-advocates, should have some basic computer skills, and be able to access Zoom. This position will be made up of a mix of in-person and virtual participation. Required technology will be supplied as needed.

    This position comes with a stipend of 4500.00, and the student receives a monthly payment. It is a 9-month position, starting in mid- August and ending in early May.

If you have any questions about the LEND application process or if you need assistance completing your application, call us @ (304) 293-4692 or email