April 25, 2019  

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Southern Miss Students Complete Extensive Leadership Training Program

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Alanna Buckley, left, and Ashley Moffett. (Submitted photo)

Alanna Buckley and Ashley Moffett, graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently completed extensive training through the Institute for Disability Studies’ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

The Institute is Mississippi’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Services, and is headquartered at Southern Miss. LEND is a network of 43 programs throughout the country that are funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau.

Buckley, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., and Moffett, a native of Natchez, Miss., are both graduate students in Speech and Language Pathology at Southern Miss. They are on track to earn their degrees in December.

As participants in LEND, Buckley and Moffett completed more than 300 hours of training in leadership, research, and clinical services. Their accomplishment has prepared both students to assume leadership roles upon graduation in order to provide the best possible services and supports for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

LEND provides long-term graduate level interdisciplinary training and the Institute partners with The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in order to offer the program, which just completed its fifth year. The purpose of LEND training is to develop leadership potential to improve the health status of infants, children, and adolescents with or at risk for neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, and to enhance the systems of care for these children and families.

For general information about LEND programs, visit www.aucd.org. For specific information about the Institute for Disability Studies’ LEND program, contact Dr. Beth Bryant, Executive Director of the Institute, at 601-266-5163.