I am excited to be part of the LEND program. I have been in the nursing field for the last twenty years and recently moved into a pediatric outpatient clinic with a focus on children with special healthcare needs. I will apply what I learn in LEND to enhance my leadership skills for our patients, families, and staff. I look forward to gaining knowledge In neurodevelopmental disabilities and early detection so we can provide early interventions. I was inspired to learn more about Autism because of my friend and mentor who has a son with autism. I am interested in assisting in transitions of Autistic adolescents into adults by providing life skills to assist them in being successful into adulthood. I hope to create professional partnerships in the community to enhance the access to care for our patient population.