The Georgia Leadership & Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) is an interdisciplinary training program for future professionals, disability advocates, and family members. GaLEND operates as a program of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University (GSU), in collaboration with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These and other community partners offer the expert faculty and resources necessary to provide exceptional interdisciplinary training and services.

The GaLEND Program is funded by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). “This grant will expand the capacity of practitioners in Georgia to provide quality care, to engage in evidence based practice and to forward a 21st century research agenda to support the building of Georgia’s infrastructure to better respond to the unique needs of children living with autism and other disabilities,” said Andrew Roach,  associate director of GaLEND. There are now 44 LEND programs across the United States. Collectively, they form a network that addresses regional and national issues of importance to children with special health care needs, with a focus on children with autism and related disorders and their families. “The Georgia LEND program is committed to improving the care of children with disabilities and autism while reducing health disparities in underserved populations,” said Daniel Crimmins, clinical professor of public health and director of Georgia LEND. “This grant will allow us to educate the next generation of leaders who will support Georgia’s citizens with disabilities in living more productive, fuller lives.”


If you are interested in applying click here to download the application: 2015-16 GaLEND Application

The members of the 2014-2015 GaLEND Cohort were:

First Year Trainees
Karen Harris Brown – Communication Disorders/Special Education
Creystal Castell – Social Work
Amanda “Brooke” Dickson – Nutrition
Rachel Esch – School Psychology
Ashlee Fox – Social Work
Kimberly Gold – Communication Disorders
Amy Harrod – Physical Therapy
Robbie Huff – Self-Advocacy/Education
Ramatu Mohammed – Family Advocacy/Medicine
Brenda Liz Munoz – Family Advocacy
Jurine Owen – Physical Therapy
Steven Staud – Self-Advocacy
Shelly White – Family Advocacy
Ani Whitmore – Clinical Psychology
Marnie Williams – Youth Advocacy
Bess Winebarger – Self-Advovacy
Evan Winebarger – Family Advocacy
Laura Wood – School Psychology

Second Year Trainees
Sarah Jackson – Family Advocacy
Kelley Mautz – Rehabilitation Counseling
Nasra Mirreh – Family Advocacy

Download the Georgia LEND Brochure 

GaLEND Videos

2014-15 Georgia LEND Promotional Video

Georgia LEND Family Mentor Program

LEND Trainee Success Story – Donna Johnson

LEND Trainee Success Story – Tonya Talapatra

LEND Trainee Success Story – Matt Segal

LEND Trainee Success Story – Sarah Jackson