The LEND program at the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children’s Hospital Boston provides advanced interdisciplinary training to health and counseling professionals and to families to improve their knowledge in working with children, adolescents and young adults with developmental and related disabilities. This training is multi-focused and ranges from policy issues and team collaboration to specific clinical practice and support models. Trainees develop their leadership potential to improve the status of infants, children, and adolescents with (or at risk for) neurodevelopmental disabilities and to enhance systems of care for these children and their families.
2013 LEND Convocation, May 10th
FRONT: Melissa Demir, Angela Farinella, Shannon Kaiser, Kim Loring, Jerri Newman. BACK: Vanessa Vega. Chelsea Slater, Kristen Nearing, Deanna Toner, Ivy Giserman, Terry McKay, Tori Westcott, Tara Rooney. MISSING: Meg Bingle, Shanna Burke, Nicole Corbin, Brandy Gonzales, Lauren Shastany, Rebekah Tozer
The ICI/LEND program at Boston Children's Hospital celebrated the end of the year with its annual Convocation on May 10th. Thirteen of the 19 fellows who completed the program were able to join in the celebration. Fellows presented their reflections on visiting families via the Linking Hands program, interviewing Title V program leaders throughout the state, working with community-based organizations over the course of the year, learning about policy in their annual trek to Washington DC for the Disability Policy Seminar, and highlighting some of their research. The Convocation featured the return of Dr. Sandy Friedman who was a long-time ICI LEND faculty in pediatrics and former LEND fellow herself. Dr. Friedman is now the Section Head of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Colorado and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, as well as the Associate Director of the CO LEND program. She talked about leadership and the underpinning ethical principles guiding successful leaders, moving beyond the core characteristics of leadership, which can be achieved by both good and not so good leaders. The morning ended with a luncheon for the fellows, their families and the visitors attending the program.
All the fellows in September
1st: Brandy Gonzales, Chelsea Slater
2nd: Tara Rooney, Angela Farinella, Ivy Giserman, Jerri Newman, Melissa Demir, Kim Loring
3rd: Andrea Karweck, Shannon Kaiser, Vanessa Vega, Deanna Toner, Nicole Corbin, Terry McKay
4th: Kristen Nearing, Shanna Burke, Meg Bingle, Tori Westcott, Rebekah Tozer, Lauren Shastany,
David Helm, PhD, and Ludwik Szymanski, MD, from MA ICI UCEDD/LEND Receive Awards
David Helm and Ludwik Szymanski at the Children's Hospital Boston Division of Developmental Medicine awards ceremony
March 22, 2012
David Helm, PhD, Institute for Community Inclusion LEND Director, was awarded the Allen Crocker Award for his extensive commitment to disability issues. His long standing interest in working in the local communities, particularly community based minority organizations, created a great platform for linking the leadership training of LEND to real life community needs while providing a range of students (sometimes representing up to 20 disciplines) strategies on how to support policy development and community advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities and their families.
Ludwik Szymanski, MD, Director Emeritus in psychiatry at the Institute for Community Inclusion, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Children's Hospital Boston Division of Developmental Medicine awards ceremony. He was recognized for his more than five decades of commitment to psychiatry and his deep affection for supporting and improving the lives of people with disabilities.
End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
David Helm and Sandra Friedman of the Institute for Community Inclusion published a new book entitled End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Their book brings back the focus of palliative care decisions on respect, dignity, and the needs of the person with whom, or for whom, decisions are being made.
It is available at https://bookstore.aaidd.org/BookDetail.aspx?bid=98.