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Golisano Children’s Developmental Program Receives $3M

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong has been awarded $3,189,621 in a five-year competitive renewal of its leadership training program in developmental disabilities from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The SCDD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program is part of a network of 35 programs across the country that provide advanced training in 13 professional disciplines, such as developmental-behavioral pediatrics, audiology, physical therapy, nursing, and psychology, to address the needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families. The local program is a collaboration of the University of Rochester with Nazareth College, Ithaca College, Cornell University, SUNY Geneseo, and other academic institutions, and with The Advocacy Center.

“We are proud to enter our 12th year of LEND training, to expand our program to include teachers and family advocates, and to continue to work with our colleagues across the region to meet the needs of children and families,” said Stephen Sulkes, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and project director.

Graduates become expert clinicians in caring for children with cerebral palsy, speech-language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, spina bifida and Down syndrome, among other conditions. In addition to learning to help meet the needs of these children and their families, LEND fellows develop skills in teaching, administration, team leadership, family support and research. The program emphasizes how to get various service systems, such as health, education, mental health, social services and developmental disabilities, to work together in behalf of children. Research projects focus on coordination of care across these systems for children with special health care needs, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders and adolescents moving from pediatric to adult services. More information is available at

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