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A record number of parents and children attended this year's LEND picnic
A record number of parents and children attended this year's LEND picnic

LEND program family centered practice highlighted at annual picnic

October 07, 2019

The Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program recently held its annual Family Picnic. The picnic supports a community of children and families participating in events and programs such...

Norah Brennan M.S. ’15 (Occupational Therapy) has created a new therapy camp
Norah Brennan M.S. ’15 (Occupational Therapy) has created a new therapy camp

Occupational Therapy graduate creates new therapy camp

July 23, 2019

Norah Brennan, M.S. ’15 (Occupational Therapy) and 2017 graduate of the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, is the creative force behind a camp for children...

Maine LEND trainee graduates and core leaders
Maine LEND trainee graduates and core leaders

Maine LEND celebrates graduation of latest cohort of trainees

May 20, 2019

The Maine LEND program celebrated the graduation of 11 trainees from its program on May 3. Andrew J. Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD),...

OT students Christina McLaughlin, Emma Robidoux, Kassidy Towne and Hannah Reidman presented on sensory approaches at the Autism
OT students Christina McLaughlin, Emma Robidoux, Kassidy Towne and Hannah Reidman presented on sensory approaches at the Autism Expo.

OT students showcase their adaptive work at Autism Expo

May 09, 2019

On April 18, the Occupational Therapy program and the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) hosted an Expo event in Innovation Hall that highlighted evidence-based interventions for...

LEND trainees Lauren Bartholomew and Aly Deardorff visit with Senator Susan Collins on Capitol Hill.
LEND trainees Lauren Bartholomew and Aly Deardorff visit with Senator Susan Collins on Capitol Hill.

UNE graduate student LEND trainees advocate for disability rights in D.C.

April 29, 2019

Seven trainees in the Maine Leadership Education for people with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, including five UNE graduate students, traveled to Washington, D.C., from April 7 to 10, 2019, to...

Members of the Maine LEND program recently visited Washington, D.C.
Members of the Maine LEND program recently visited Washington, D.C.

Maine LEND members take their mission to Washington, D.C.

December 10, 2018

Ten members of the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program took their work, mission and advocacy to our nation’s capital as part of the Association of...

Taylor Cahill, Kim Humphrey and Sanaa Abaljabbar meet with Senator Susan Collins
Taylor Cahill, Kim Humphrey and Sanaa Abaljabbar meet with Senator Susan Collins

Maine LEND Trainees advocate for those with disabilities on Capitol Hill

May 24, 2018

Seven Maine LEND (Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Trainees traveled to Washington D.C. where they met with Maine’s congressional delegation and attended the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS2018). The conference,...

The 2017-18 Maine LEND Trainees (L to R): Alex Busack, SLP; Matthew Pascarella, self-advocate; Sanaa Abduljabbar, family member;
The 2017-18 Maine LEND Trainees (L to R): Alex Busack, SLP; Matthew Pascarella, self-advocate; Sanaa Abduljabbar, family member; Seth Hunsicker, M.S.W. ’17; Emily Gall, D.P.T. ’18; Lindsey Rose Pace, D.P.T. ’18; Kim Humphrey, M.P.H.; Taylor Cahill, M.S.OT. ’18; Melissa Ward, family member; and Lindsay Spencer, M.S.OT., ’18.

LEND trainees showcase projects at end-of-year event

May 14, 2018

The 2017-2018 long term trainees of the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, directed by Eileen Ricci, PT, D.P.T., M.S., PCS, associate clinical professor in the Department of...

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