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.
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.
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.