GaLEND is an interdisciplinary training program for future professionals, disability advocates and family members. GaLEND operates as a program of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State, in collaboration with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory’s Maternal Child Health Center of Excellence and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These and other community partners offer the expert faculty and resources necessary to provide exceptional interdisciplinary training and services.
While each LEND program has its own unique focus and expertise, all provide interdisciplinary training, have faculty and trainees from a wide range of disciplines and include parents or family members as faculty and paid program participants. They also share the following objectives:
Advance the knowledge and skills of all child health professionals to improve health and healthcare for children with developmental disabilities
Provide high-quality interdisciplinary education that emphasizes the integration of services from state and local agencies and organizations, private providers and communities
Provide health professionals with skills that foster community-based partnerships
Promote innovative and effective practices to enhance cultural competency, family-centered care and interdisciplinary partnerships
I was interested in being a part of Georgia LEND because I want to encourage and inspire other people through my participation in the program. I also want to teach others what it is like for me to live with cerebral palsy. I want to learn how I can work with other people with different disabilities better.