In over seven decades of service to the community, Turnstone has remained consistent in one thing: its mission to serve, empower and advocate for the needs and abilities of people with disabilities. Founded in 1943, originally as an alternative school option for children with disabilities, Turnstone's most recent evolution paints the picture of a one-of-a-kind facility with one of the largest offerings of programs and services under one roof in the country.
With 190,000 square feet now dedicated to the organization's legacy mission of empowering children and adults with disabilities, clients have access to physical, aquatic, occupational and speech therapies, adult day services, adaptive sports and recreation, early learning child care, health and wellness facilities, intellectual disabilities programming, case management, equipment loan services and various support groups for families and caregivers.
Seventy-five years of dedicated work and community support has built the foundation for Turnstone's refined trajectory as the organization continues its evolution, taking cues from the needs and opportunities of those it serves. Today, the Plassman Athletic Center has taken Turnstone from a local provider to a national player in the world of disability services and resources.
As a newly recognized official Paralympic Training Site, the athletic center offers an elite fitness area as well as a state of the art venue for various indoor sports, including track and field, wheelchair basketball and power soccer, attracting local, regional, national, and international competitions. The Goalball Center of Excellence at Turnstone, maintained in partnership with the United States Association of Blind Athletes, houses the top training facility in the country for goalball athletes and is home to the Men's and Women's National Goalball team.