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How VA Lend Bridges Understanding Between Professionals and People with Disabilities [Video]

Diversity and Inclusion

How VA Lend Bridges Understanding Between Professionals and People with Disabilities

Hey friends! I’m back with a fascinating conversation about supporting those with disabilities. I recently sat down with Matthew Bogenschutz, director of the VA Lend program, which trains professionals to better serve individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Matthew shared some incredibly valuable insights. A few key takeaways: – The origins of VA Lend and how it helps bridge understanding between professionals and self-advocates – The various training tracks available and which is most popular – The immersive family mentorship experience that gives trainees firsthand perspective – Matthew’s lifelong passion for this work and the personal relationships he’s built I love Matthew’s perspective on seeing each person as an individual and meeting them where they’re at. It was eye-opening to learn about the program’s goals and the impact it has had over 25+ years. Let me know what stuck out to you in the comments! And if you want to get involved or learn more, head over to the VA Lend website.

In this episode, you will be able to:

Discover how the VA Lend program empowers individuals with disabilities through accessible home loans.

Uncover the latest support strategies for individuals with autism, enhancing understanding and inclusion.

Explore the impact of online disability advocacy training on creating positive change in communities.

Learn about the invaluable role of family mentorship in enhancing disability programs and support networks.

Gain insight into the latest developments in neurodevelopmental disabilities research funding, driving progress and innovation.

My special guest is Matthew Bogenschutz

Matthew Bogenschutz, the director of the VA LEND program at Virginia Commonwealth University, is a seasoned professional with a deep-rooted passion for supporting individuals with disabilities. With a robust background in social work and a lifelong commitment to advocating for those in need, Matthew’s journey has encompassed deinstitutionalization efforts and the championing of inclusive, person-centered services. His dedication extends to training professionals across various disciplines, equipping them with the tools to provide exceptional support to individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities. Matthew’s impactful leadership and extensive experience continue to shape the landscape of disability services, making a positive difference in the lives of those he serves.

The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:03 – Introduction to VA Lend Program

00:01:50 – Origin of VA Lend Program

00:06:33 – VA Lend Programs and Services

00:08:37 – Importance of Training for Educators

00:09:57 – VA Lend’s Focus on Autism

00:19:12 – Family Mentorship Experience

00:22:36 – Importance of Individual Experience

00:25:30 – Invisible Disabilities

00:29:01 – Turnout and Impact

00:30:49 – Finding More Information

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

Virginia Lend program website – For more information about the Virginia Lend program and its offerings, visit their official website by searching Virginia Lend on any search engine.

Virginia Lend Facebook page – Stay updated with the latest news and updates from the Virginia Lend program by following their official Facebook page.

AUCD.org – To find out about other Lend programs across the United States, visit aucd.org and click on the Lend map in the upper left corner to access a list of all Lend programs throughout the country.

Matthew’s upcoming book – Keep an eye out for Matthew’s upcoming book about his life experiences. Stay tuned for updates on its release and availability.

Virginia Commonwealth University – To explore more about the educational and research opportunities at Virginia Commonwealth University, visit their official website for detailed information.

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