The AZLEND fellowship is a unique opportunity in leadership and research training. This program provides me an opportunity to improve my understanding of clinical and social support systems for children, adolescents, and young adults affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. My background is in math, modeling complex physical and social systems, and the study of collaborative efforts in science and policy. Through this program I hope to learn more about individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities and how they interact with their service providers so that I can learn how these systems of service and interaction can be studied and improved using qualitative and quantitative methods. AZLEND’s model of bringing together diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inter-professional setting offers an example of how stakeholder participation can build a more inclusive and complete model of care. I am excited to learn from the faculty, guests and my fellow cohort members in the coming year.