The program goals of The University of Arizona LEND (ArizonaLEND) are to:
- Provide interdisciplinary leadership training in the care of persons with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities to a wide range of health and health related professionals at the graduate and post-graduate level with emphasis on life course theory and on improving systems of care and access to quality interdisciplinary care;
- Strengthen the infrastructure and capacity for implementation of an Arizona LEND;
- Plan, develop and implement a collaborative continuing education training program that emphasizes community-based partnerships of health resources, community leadership and the promotion of innovative practice models; and,
- Reinforce the infrastructure by increasing the percentage of professionals who are trained to assess, diagnose, treat and support infants, young children and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder.