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Special Edition:
INF2F 2022 Founders Breakfast

By Cindy Robinson, Director of Operations
The Indiana Family to Family Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce the details of our Founders Breakfast to be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the beautiful Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN. The Founders Breakfast will take place from 8:00 to 9:00 am with registration to begin at 7:30 am. In addition to enjoying a light breakfast, guests will hear inspirational words from INF2F staff and volunteers as well as discover details about the recipients of this year’s Founders Award.

The theme for this year’s event is "Knowledge is Power". Indiana Family to Family will be honoring three awardees who work to educate families and professionals with the goal of improving the lives of children with additional needs as well as the systems that serve these families. This year’s recipients are:

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND): Coordinated by Indiana University's Riley Child Development Center, LEND is a graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training program that produces leaders and innovators in the field of autism and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. LEND graduates are leaders who recognize the value of family-centered planning and services and cultivate community connections.

Susan Elsworth: Founder & Executive Director of Indiana Alliance on Prenatal Substance Exposure. Susan is the FASD United Affiliate Director the FASD United network. She serves on several state committees which include Commission for Improving the Status of Children focused on improving mental health for youth, the Prenatal Substance Use Committee which seeks to reduce the number of children exposed to substances and alcohol, the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Committee and Governing Council. Susan is known for advocating for families with children with additional needs and empowering family leaders.

Community Pediatric Training Initiative: One of ten projects in the United States, the focus of the Indiana project is children with special health care needs who are defined as children with disabilities and serious chronic illness, Hispanic children whose parents speak English as a second language, and children who are victims of domestic violence. The Initiative is changing the way pediatric residents are trained to work with community organizations in meeting the needs of children with special needs and their families through site visits, interactions with families and children, and special projects.

These three recipients embody the spirit in which INF2F was founded and share our mission to support families raising children or youth who require additional health or educational assistance by providing answers, resources, practical training, and vital community connections and by advising the professionals who serve them.

For more information or to sponsor a table, please contact INF2F Executive Director Holly Wheeler at (317) 257-8683 or email holly@inf2f.org.
2022 Founders Breakfast Honorees

Coordinated by Indiana University's Riley Child Development Center, the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program is a graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training program that produces leaders and innovators in the field of autism and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. The LEND program serves as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change. LEND graduates are well-respected leaders who recognize the value of family-centered planning and services and cultivate community connections.

Susan Elsworth is the Founder & Executive Director of the Indiana Alliance on Prenatal Substance Exposure. Susan is the FASD United Affiliate Director the FASD United network. She serves on several state committees, which include: the Commission for Improving the Status of Children focused on improving mental health for youth, the Prenatal Substance Use Committee which seeks to reduce the number of children exposed to substances and alcohol, and the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Committee and Governing Council. Susan is known for advocating for families with children with additional needs and empowering family leaders.

The IU School of Medicine's Community Pediatric Training Initiative is a physician training initiative funded by IU and by the Anne E. Dyson Foundation. The focus of this Indiana project is children with special health care needs who are defined as children with disabilities and serious chronic illness, Hispanic children whose parents speak English as a second language, and children who are victims of domestic violence. The Initiative is changing the way pediatric residents are trained to work with community organizations in meeting the needs of children with special needs and their families through site visits, interactions with families and children, and special projects.

Special Thanks

We would like to give a special thank you to our our emcee for this year’s event. Jay Garrison, better known as Jaybo, has been the Program Director of 104.9 WERK-FM and 93-5 MAX radio at Muncie-based Woof Boom Radio for more than 23 years. He is the former play-by-play voice of Ball State women's basketball and is currently the Public Address Announcer for Ball State football and women's basketball and volleyball, and for Muncie Burris volleyball. Jay is father to a 12-year-old son, Jay Ryan.

Want to know more?

The Founders Breakfast is a key fundraising event for Indiana Family to Family. If you're interested in learning more about this event, how to get involved, or how to sponsor a table, please contact INF2F Executive Director Holly Wheeler at (317) 257-8683 or email holly@inf2f.org
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