Guidelines for Increasing Participation of Children and Youth with an ASD in Extracurricular and Community Programs




Plan for Success


Challenges and Solutions





Parent Resources


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About the Project



About the Project


This web site was developed as an interdisciplinary leadership project for the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (URLEND). Project developers included occupational therapists, a physical therapist, a school psychologist, and a social worker.

The URLEND program covers five states: Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. The URLEND objectives are to educate and to shape future leaders in health care and health policy for children and youth with neurodevelopmental (e.g. autism) and special health care needs and their families. URLEND is a joint effort amongst the University of Utah School of Medicine-Department of Pediatrics, Utah State University-Center for Persons with Disabilities (a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service), and the Utah Department of Health's Bureau for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.

Project developers were:

  • Louise Dunn, Faculty Mentor, ScD, OTR/L, UTAH
  • Mary Hall, School Psychology, Family Support, Montana¬†
  • Lori Mages, PT, PCS, Idaho
  • Natalia Solache, SW, Utah
  • Heidi Woolley, OTD, OTR/L Utah



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