Creating future leaders and scholars to carry out the important mission of improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families is at the heart of our educational programs.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program

The Shriver Center's LEND Program is one of 39 grant-funded leadership programs across the country designed to provide leadership training to post-graduate professionals from a variety of health disciplines. Our goal is to enable post-graduate trainees to assume leadership positions to improve systems of care for children with autisma and other developmental disorders.

Distance Learning

Within the context of increasing technological capability and shifting workforce demands, we are challenged to provide educational and training opportunities for students, professionals and consumers in creative, cost-effective ways. The Shriver Center, like many educational institutions, is responding to this challenge by developing a series of distance learning programs. Distance learning takes place when an instructor and learner(s) are separated by physical distance, and technology (e.g., computers and the internet) is the vehicle through which learning takes place. Distance learning programs can provide working adults with an opportunity to pursue continuing education or a post-secondary or graduate degree, and can also reach those who are limited by time, distance or disability.