LEND National Network
The national LEND network includes 49 programs in 42 states and the District of Columbia. LEND Programs work together to address issues of national and regional importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchange best practices, and develop shared products. LEND programs are part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals who have developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
LEND programs operate within a university system, usually as part of a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) or other larger entity, and collaborate with local university hospitals and/or health care centers. This arrangement provides the faculty, facilities, and other resources necessary to provide exceptional interdisciplinary training and services.