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Virginia Leadership Education in
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

The Partnership for People with Disabilities has secured a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to provide an interdisciplinary education program to prepare health professionals for leadership and advocacy roles. This leadership program is committed to the preparation of health professionals including graduate students, family members of children with disabilities, and post-graduate trainees to assume leadership roles within the health care system and community to serve children with developmental and related disabilities and their families. This commitment is derived from a belief that to improve health care for children and their families a critical number of professionals must receive advanced training that is interdisciplinary, culturally appropriate, family-centered, and community-based. The program targets a high-risk population of children and their families and addresses priority issues of reducing health disparities, providing access to care, and delivering quality care through advanced level training.