The Boggs Center’s New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NJLEND) program began its eighth year with an orientation for incoming fellows on September 8, 2023. Through the NJLEND program, graduate-level fellows prepare to provide interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent care addressing the complex needs of children with autism and related disabilities as well as other maternal and child health populations. Over the course of the academic year, NJLEND fellows will participate in the weekly Didactic Seminar Series, as well as a range of experiential learning, leadership development, and clinical training opportunities.
NJLEND represents a unique set of university, state, local, and family partnerships. The 2023-2024 NJLEND cohort includes 19 graduate and doctoral-level fellows, representing 11 academic disciplines from Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, as well as family fellows who have children with disabilities and advocacy fellows living with a disability. NJLEND provides fellows the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and receive support and mentoring from faculty in their respective discipline, as well as families living with disability. NJLEND faculty come from 11 unique disciplines, including: Dentistry, Genetic Counseling, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Family, and Advocacy.
NJLEND is funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the federal Health Resources and Services Administration within the US Department of Health and Services. Funding for LEND programs is authorized by the federal Autism CARES Act (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) [P.L. 113-157].
Visit the NJLEND page to learn more.