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  Children’s National Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND) Receives Grant To Expand Audiology Program
January 22, 2009

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2009

Washington, DC— The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the District of Columbia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at Children’s National Medical Center an expansion grant for training related to hearing and speech disabilities. Children’s DC LEND program is the region’s only recipient of this expansion grant, and one of only six national centers to receive this support.

The expansion consists of an additional $65,000 per year through 2011 to teach and prepare future leaders in the interdisciplinary treatment of hearing and speech related disabilities. This is the second expansion grant to be awarded to the DC LEND program this year.

“Children’s National is pleased to be awarded this grant, which will allow us to expand our efforts to better serve children with disabilities,” said Gaetano Lotrecchiano, PhD, program director of the DC LEND program at Children’s National. “We can now increase the number of trainees to provide therapies and supports aimed at helping children who require hearing and speech assistance. Through our already established partnerships with Gallaudet University and the University of Maryland, College Park in the Washington region, we will give these trainees access to nationally recognized models of care.”

DC LEND is an interdisciplinary training program for professionals in disciplines such as pediatrics, nursing, public health, social work, nutrition, speech-language pathology, audiology, pediatric dentistry, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, health administration, genetics, and parents of children with disabilities. Trainees learn to work as an interdisciplinary team to more effectively address the needs of children with disabilities and their families.

Children’s National Medical Center’s DC LEND program collaborates with the George Washington University, Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, the University of Maryland, and Howard University, and works with numerous District of Columbia area healthcare facilities, local government offices, regional universities, and institutes dedicated to servicing children with disabilities.

Contact Jennifer Leischer, Public Relations, 202-476-4500.


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