McGovern Medical School






Director:   Pauline Filipek, MD



LoneStar LEND is a training program designed to train and develop leaders in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) through an interdisciplinary training model focusing on leadership, cultural competence, and evidence-based practice. The LoneStar LEND mission particularly promotes underrepresented and underserved children across Texas, teaching cultural and linguistic competency, and family-centered care in an interdisciplinary model to produce future leaders equipped to best serve children with ASD/DD.



Advocating for your Child, your Student, your Patient:
Navigating the Road from Knowledge to Empowerment to Success

Thursday, May 3, 2018  |  Friday, May 4, 2018

The Denton Cooley Center
7440 Cambridge St
Houston, TX 77054

Registration NOW open! Register HERE.

LEND Conference Brochure



Long-Term Trainee Program

Provides leadership training to:

  • Medical residents
  • Graduate students at the Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate level whose focus of study is within one of the Core Disciplines*
  • Parents and siblings of individuals with ASD/DDs
  • Self-advocates are also encouraged to apply

Curriculum includes:

  • Didactic seminar courses
  • Clinical practica
  • Community field experiences
  • Leadership training
  • Service Learning project
  • Family mentorship experience

Long-Term Trainees (LTT) complete 300+ hours of activities per year in addition to their discipline-specific academic requirements. Stipend support, plus conference registrations and travel expenses are available to sixteen LTTs annually.

2018-19 LTT Program Requirements      |      2017-18 Seminar Calendar

Applications for the 2018-19 LTT Program are now OPEN. See below for applications and more information.
Application deadline is April 30th, 2018.


Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program

Rotations of one month or more are available for:

  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Family members
  • Self-advocates

The MTT Program includes participation in:

  • Didactic seminars
  • LoneStar LEND Conference
  • Optional leadership and/or cultural competence training

MTTs complete 40-299 hours of activities.

2018-19 MTT Program Requirements


Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program:

The STT Program is the least structured way for individuals to participate in LEND educational opportunities, including weekly seminars and the annual LEND Conference. Anyone in the community, from high school students to parents to health care professionals, may attend the didactic seminars and the LoneStar LEND Conference. STT’s complete up to 40 hours; no application is necessary for the STT Program.


LEND Core Disciplines*

  • Audiology
  • Family
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Health Care Administration
  • Medicine (Genetics, Child Neurology & Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics, Medical Home)
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology: Assessment and Intervention
  • Public Health
  • Self Advocate
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Special Education

Additional Disciplines Include: Advocacy, Bioethics, Cultural Diversity & Competence, Disability Law, and Leadership.



Applications for the 2018-19 LEND Program are now OPEN.

Application deadline is April 30th, 2018.


Long-Term Trainee Program:

Pre&Post Doctoral Trainee Application – Graduate students who will be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education during the LEND year.

Professional Trainee Application– Professionals who will be employed in the field of one of the 14 core disciplines during the LEND year.

Family Trainee Application– Parent, caregiver, or sibling of individual with ASD or other DD.

Advocate Trainee Application– Individual diagnosed with ASD or other DD.


Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program

Medium Term Trainee Application


Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program:

No application required