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Come and Gather at the Kitchen Table at our About Special Kids’
Inaugural Founders’ Breakfast

About Special Kids was incorporated as the Indiana Parent Information Network (IPIN) 30 years ago by two parents (one from a family of a child with a developmental disability and one from a family of a child with serious chronic illness) and two professionals (one in medical social services and one in special education).
We remember and honor our beginnings at a kitchen table, a very personal place that brought our co-founders together in 1987, to talk, plan and create the vision for IPIN, now ASK.  The kitchen table is where families of children with special needs will always come together to talk about challenges, questions, and dreams that we all share through ASK’s unwavering mission to help children with special needs live better lives by educating, empowering, and connecting their families.  We will share with you the impact the four individuals had on 10’s of thousand Hoosier families and professionals that serve them.
When:  November 2, 2017
              7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
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Our Founders:

Donna Gore Olsen
was one of the four co-founders of the Indiana Parent Information Network (IPIN) in 1987.  That year is a pivotal milestone for her dedicated and long-term career as an Advocate and leader for children with special needs at a state and national level.  As a co-founder of IPIN, Donna also served as President of the organization from 1987 to 2004.  As President, she assumed many other roles as Principal Investigator and Project Director for state and federal grants awarded during her tenure.

Dr. Lann Thompson
was a founding board member of About Special Kids, Inc. and served on the board  for many years.  Dr. Thompson is recognized for his enthusiastic devotion to teaching, interdisciplinary teamwork, telehealth, expertise in grant development and review, distance learning, knowledge of transition issues for youth and families, and advocacy for minorities.

Linda Hankins
was one of the four people who co-founded the Indiana Parent Information Network (IPIN) (now About Special Kids).  She served IPIN in many leadership roles on the Board, including President and Treasurer, for many years.  Linda was the first Parent Liaison for the Newborn Care Unit for Riley Hospital for Children.  In that role, she “invented” what a parent liaison looks like and does to help families and medical staff connect together to communicate and provide care for a child with disabilities. 

Gary Collings
was a founding board member on the first IPIN Executive Board and served as Board Secretary from April 1988 to April 1994. A great contribution Gary brought was serving as a liaison to local directors across the state.  During his career he was an active member of the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education which provided an avenue for information to and from local Directors of Special Education.