LEND Program Highlights

LEND Class of 2016-2017 Graduation

On Tuesday, May 2, the 2016-2017 LEND class celebrated their graduation at Madtree Brewing.

Congratulations to Stacey Gruber, who received the Roz Parrish Leadership and Service Award.










Graduation photos

LEND Poster Session

On Thursday, April 6, LEND trainees from CCHMC/UC and The Nisonger Center at Ohio State presented and discussed their research and leadership projects with state partners and stakeholders.

1st place: The University of Cincinnati LEND project, Families of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Perceived Supports and Barriers to Visiting the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Team members Valerie Miller, OTR/L; Jessie Richard, MEd; Meghan Wolken; Teresa Farmer, PsyD; Jennifer Smith PsyD., BCBA-D

2nd place: The Ohio State University LEND project, Healthy Eating in Early Childhood Education Centers: Perceptions of Staff Regarding Implementation of Evidence-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum. Team members: Samantha Bateman, BS; Megan Cassell, BA; Marcia Nahikian-Nelms, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC; Kelly Tanner, PhD, OTR/L; Katherine Walton, PhD

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day 2017

Each year, March is National Disability Awareness month. This year’s theme was Side by Side. This theme was continued at the DD Awareness Day, where they also added, Hand in Hand and Heart to Heart. People with and without disabilities working, going to school, playing and participating in their communities together.

On March 8, hundreds of advocates people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to advocate policy issues that impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Attendees met with policymakers to educate them about how state government services and policies can be improved, expanded or strengthened.

Our LEND trainees traveled to Columbus to attend this event and put the knowledge they’ve been learning into action. Here’s what they had to say about the event.

Photos from the event