LEND Special Education Fellowship

About the program

The Special Education Program is designed to serve as a unique resource for special educators interested in training in an interdisciplinary setting. The program offers training in research and leadership, clinical, and education. Special educators wishing to increase their understanding of interdisciplinary clinical assessment and care of children and youth with special health care and educational needs will find the program highly effective.

Trainees can also expect to increase their understanding of specific neurodevelopmental disabilities as well as educational outcomes for children with special learning and health care needs. Training can be completed on a full-time or short-term basis.

Full-time trainee position

The Special Education full-time trainee position is 16 hours per week for 9 or 12 months, and includes a modest stipend. The program provides leadership training for post-masters or Ph.D. individuals in the prevention, detection and management of neurodevelopmental disabilities (Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, learning disability, cerebral palsy, etc.) and chronic health care conditions in an interdisciplinary setting.

Trainees participate in LEND Interdisciplinary Seminars for two hours on Thursday afternoons, September through May. Seminar content includes neurodevelopmental disabilities, family-centered care, research, policy and advocacy. Trainees also spend one day of the week rotating through various Child Development and Rehabilitation Center clinics and provide academic achievement testing for children and youth being evaluated by clinic teams.

Experience with the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and community-based multi-disciplinary assessment teams is available. Experience providing educational and adolescent transition care for children and youth cared for by the Hemophilia Center at OHSU is also available for interested trainees.

Short-term trainee position

The Special Education short-term trainee position is 8-10 hours per week for approximately 3 months. The program provides an opportunity to develop an awareness of the role and function of other disciplines as well as their role in the interdisciplinary assessment process. Trainees can expect to gain clinical experience administering academic achievement and phonological processing testing. This experience may be especially useful for students in special education training programs who want to apply information learned in assessment classes. Portland State University and other local university students are encouraged to contact Hilary Mahon for consideration.

How to apply

Applicants should submit:

  • A letter of intent including background and areas of interest
  • A resume including at least three references qualified to comment on the status of the applicant
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All materials should be received by March 1, 2017.

Materials can be sent via US mail or electronically. Please send to Hilary Mahon, contact information is below.

Letter and inquiries should be addressed to:

Hilary A. Mahon, MS.Ed., B.C.B.A.
LEND Special Education Training Coordinator
OHSU Institute on Development and Disability
707 S.W. Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239

Fax: 503-494-6868