The Blue Ridge LEND Program is pleased to announce the first in our ongoing Lunch & Learn Lecture Series focused on topics related to evidence-based, culturally competent, person- and family-centered care for autism and other developmental disabilities.

Lunch & Learn Virtual Lecture Series

Register for any event in the 2021 Fall series, which runs through December 3, 2021. Additional lecture titles and descriptions will be added soon!

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 3, 12-1 pm
Down Syndrome & Parent Perspectives, Valentina Intagliata, MD, & parent panel


Past Events

Friday, November 12, 12-1 pm
Barriers to Evidence-Based Services for Children with Autism in Rural Appalachia, Angela Scarpa, PhD

Focus group data on barriers to accessing care from the perspectives of caregivers and providers in rural Southwest Virginia and innovative solutions.

Friday, November 19, 2-3 pm
Medical Home, Diane Pappas, MD

Friday, November 5, 2-3 pm
Effecting Change through Information and Advocacy, Heidi Lawyer

Heidi's personal story of becoming an advocate for her son with autism with tips on individual and systemic advocacy.

Friday, August 27, 2021, 12-1 pm
Rural Needs in Virginia, David Catell-Gordon, M.Div, MSW

An introduction to the strengths and challenges of the Appalachian region of Virginia and the intersection of rural challenges with disability.

Friday, September 3, 12-1 pm
Healthy Appalachia & Appalachia Telemental Health Network, Derek Hubbard

An overview of exciting initiatives that are underway and support the Appalachian region through the use of technology and telehealth initiatives.

Friday, September 10, 12-1 pm
Visual & Hearing Impairment, Becky Plesko-Dubois, PsyD

Clinical considerations for assessing the strengths and needs of youth with vision and hearing impairment in order to optimize learning and development.

Friday, September 17, 12-1 pm
Genetics BasicsMackenzie Trapp, MS, LCGC

An introduction to the field of genetics and its role in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Friday, September 24, 12-1 pm
Physical Activity, Recreation, & Inclusion, Marty Block, PhD

Best practices for physical education and recreation for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Friday, October 1, 12-1 pm
Traumatic Brain Injury, Kenneth Norwood, MD

An overview of acquired brain injury, including best practices in identification and treatment.

Friday, October 8, 12-1 pm
An Overview of Cerebral Palsy, Richard Stevenson, MD

An introduction to diagnosing and caring for individuals with cerebral palsy.

Friday, October 22, 12-1 pm
Building Precision Care for Autism, Kevin Pelphrey, PhD

Friday, October 29, 12-1 pm
Seizures and Epilepsy,  Howard Goodkin, MD