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How to Apply to LEND

We are accepting applications for Spring 2021 now! To apply to the NM LEND Interdisciplinary Training Program, follow these steps:

1. Notify LEND

Contact the NM LEND Director, Sandra Heimerl ( to notify LEND of your intent to apply.

2. Application for Admission

Complete and submit the online application.

3. 500-Word Essay

Write a 500-word essay regarding your interest/experience with individuals with developmental disabilities and what contributions you will bring to the LEND Program. Essays will be evaluated on content, organization, clarity, grammar and punctuation.

Once complete, email your essay as an attachment to

4. Letters of Recommendation

Provide contact information [PDF] for two faculty members in your department or other relevant persons.We will email a recommendation form for them to complete and return via email to

5. Transcripts

Send unofficial transcripts to, or Fax to (505) 272-2014. Please include cover page stating "Attention: NM LEND".

6. Résumé

Send a résumé to

Note: Applicants will be contacted for an interview with NM LEND faculty. The interview will assess the applicant’s interest and potential for success in the leadership program.

Prospective trainees must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program as of Spring 2020
  • Be completing a post-doctoral fellowship
  • Be pursuing advanced certification or fellowship in their discipline
  • Be a mid-career community professional
  • Be a family member of a child with a neurodevelopmental or related disorder
  • Be a self-advocate
As a UNM LEND long term trainee you will:
  • Meet with your faculty mentor on a regular basis
  • Participate in the NM LEND Orientation and Leadership Institute
  • Attend Friday Seminars
  • Complete a Capstone Project [PDF]
  • Complete a Family Partnership experience
  • Participate in Advocacy and Public Policy Activities and Institute

For additional training requirement information, please refer to the Syllabus.

Stipends are awarded to long term trainees who participate in LEND with a minimum of 300 hours devoted to LEND related activities and successful completion of program requirements. Stipends may also be awarded to medium term trainees who participate in programs specific to autism. All stipends are dependent upon grant funding.


Contact Us

The University of New Mexico
Center for Development and Disability
NM LEND Program
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Fax: 505-272-2014 (Include cover page stating "Attention: NM LEND")