Education & Training
The education of future leaders and professionals in the field of disabilities is a major goal of the Institute on Development & Disability. We offer several programs for individuals ranging from high school aged through post-graduates.
By providing training and education for individuals, we are ensuring that the next generation of health care professionals acquire both the skills and understanding of the concerns and needs of people with disabilities to successfully guide and provide care for them throughout their lifetime.
Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CLSU)
The education mission of the Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CSLU) is to train students in computer science and electrical engineering to be able to understand, design, and apply computer algorithms and signal processing techniques. Unlike many other programs, ours is focused on solving complex problems in:
- speech and language processing
- machine learning
- biomedical problems
Leadership in Neurodevelopmental & Other Disabilities (LEND) Training Programs
The major goal of this project is to promote the health status of children and their families with disabilities by training professionals for leadership roles, collaboration with other agencies, and participation in the development of health care policy.
The following programs offer fellowship training opportunities that include the LEND Program as part of the curriculum.
- LEND Audiology Fellowship Program
- LEND Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship/Residency Program
- LEND Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency Program
- LEND Physical Therapy Residency Program
- LEND Psychology Training Program
High School Programs:
Making strong connections with teenagers significantly improves their understanding and appreciation for the needs of people with special health needs. By offering hands-on experience with clinicians, researchers, and other professionals in the disability field, these students gain critical knowledge by working with people with disabilities.