LoneStar LEND Fellowship
Director: Pauline A. Filipek, MD
LoneStar LEND is a training program designed to develop leaders in the field of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/DD) using a 10-month, interdisciplinary training model focused on leadership, cultural competence, and evidence-based practice. The LoneStar LEND mission particularly promotes training that produces future leaders equipped to best serve underrepresented and underserved children with ASD/DDs across Texas.
The LEND offers three types of educational opportunities:
- Long-Term Trainee Program
- Medium-Term Trainee Program
- Short Term Trainee Program
Find more information about each program below.
6th LoneStar LEND Conference
Unconscious Bias & Cultural Blindness
in Disability Services
Thursday & Friday | May 20th & 21st
This conference seeks to equip participants with the tools needed to advocate for and meet the needs of their patients, students and loved ones with developmental disabilities in a culturally competent manner.
Registration is filling up quickly– register soon to ensure your spot!
Long-Term Trainee (LTT) Program
Provides leadership training to:
- Medical residents and fellows
- Graduate students whose academic focus is within one of the Core Disciplines
- Professionals who work within one of the Core Disciplines
- Parents and siblings of individuals with ASD/DDs
Long-Term Trainees (LTTs) complete an average of 20hrs/wk of LEND-specific activities. Curriculum includes:
- Didactic seminars
- Clinical practica
- Community field experiences
- Leadership training
- Service Learning Project
- Family mentorship experience
- Monthly stipend support, paid conference registration and a professional development travel stipend are also provided.
Find more information about the LTT Program Requirements HERE.
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED.
Applications close June 1, 2021
(application links in sidebar/below)
Medium-Term Trainee (MTT) Program
The MTT Program allows for a less structured, less intensive learning opportunity. MTTs are permitted to design their own learning experience, however, their program must span no longer than 5 months and include 40 – 299 hours of training.
The MTT Program is available to:
- Students / Residents
- Family members
- Community advocates
The MTT Program includes participation in:
- Didactic seminars
- LoneStar LEND Conference
- Cultural Competency training
- LEND Book Club
Find more information about the MTT Program Requirements HERE
A completed application is required for consideration. Applications remain open and are accepted on a rolling basis.
Short-Term Trainee (STT) Program
The STT Program is the least structured way for individuals to participate in LEND educational opportunities; it includes 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/or the LoneStar LEND Conference. STTs complete up to 40 hours of training. No application required- to attend LEND seminars, simply contact the Program Coordinator to RSVP at least 48hrs prior to seminar date. The LEND Conference can be registered for by following the link above.
Program Coordinator Contact Information: