Though the agency has undergone many changes since its founding in 1943, Turnstone's heart and soul have not changed. We remain committed to helping people with disabilities gain independence and live with dignity.
The Allen County Society for Crippled Children is formed to continue bedside teaching programs that are being eliminated by the Junior League. Plans for Hanna Homestead School begin development.
Hanna Homestead School for children with physical disabilities opens.
A preschool program is developed after Fort Wayne Community Schools assumes operation of Hanna Homestead and opens Brentwood School for children ages 6 to 16 with disabilities.
Property at 2722 Fairfield Avenue is purchased with a gift of $20,000 and the preschool program finds a permanent home, with an enrollment of 19 children.
During this decade of growth, additions are built at the Fairfield Avenue facility, including physical therapy and speech rooms, whirlpool, access ramp, and playground.
The homebound therapy program is created for adults with physical disabilities, and the preschool program is renamed the Robert E. Witte Pre-School Center.
The adult day program is created.
The agency relocates to 3320 North Clinton Street.
The Allen County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. is officially renamed Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults. The name is inspired by the Ruddy Turnstone bird, which is a fitting symbol for the agency. The Ruddy Turnstone finds food by moving heavy stones with nearly any part of its body. When a stone is too heavy for a bird to move alone, other Ruddy Turnstones gather to assist. The characteristics of Ruddy Turnstones speak to the spirit of the agency, the children and adults we serve, and the community. At Turnstone, children and adults with disabilities learn to overcome their disabilities by adapting their bodies to perform many of the daily functions that others may take for granted. When the disability is difficult to overcome, other people such as teachers, therapists, and volunteers gather to assist.
Turnstone launches its residential wheelchair ramp construction service.
A successful $3.75 million capital campaign is conducted and Turnstone grows to include a full-size gymnasium, an expanded therapy space, and program area.
A therapeutic sports and recreation program for children and adults with physical disabilities is created.
A successful capital and endowment campaign raises $2 million to construct a therapeutic pool and adult therapy area and to renovate the children’s wing.
A medical transportation service is launched in cooperation with the Community Transportation Network, and in 2006 they take over Turnstone's transportation program. Turnstone’s Adult Day Services program receives CARF accreditation.
Turnstone receives a grant from United States Department of Education to create health and wellness programs for people with disabilities. As a result, the agency opens the region’s first accessible fitness center for youth and adults with physical disabilities.
The Dr. Robert Kimbrough Early Learning Center (named after a local orthopaedic surgeon and friend to the agency) opens. Programs feature inclusive preschool and childcare for children of all abilities. Before- and after-school care is added in 2009.
Turnstone becomes a designated Paralympic Sports Club. Turnstone receives a United States Department of Education grant to expand inclusive programming as well as sports and recreation programs.
The Healthy Minds & Healthy Bodies program launches for veterans with disabilities. This program is established through the United States Olympic Committee Paralympics program and the Veterans Administration.
The $1.5 million Madge Rothschild Pediatric Therapy addition adds 10,000 square feet for pediatric therapy. Turnstone becomes a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.
The $14.1 million “Big Dream” Turnstone of Tomorrow Capital Campaign launches to add 100,000+ square feet for an adaptive sport and recreation fieldhouse; Health and Wellness Center with a large therapeutic pool; 3,000 square feet for the Adult Day Services program; and extend Livingston Road to add a new vehicle entrance.
Turnstone receives Silver Level designation as a Paralympic Sports Club.
Turnstone becomes a member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes.
The official groundbreaking ceremony is held for the “Big Dream” Turnstone of Tomorrow. Amy Purdy, motivational speaker, Dancing with the Stars celebrity, and former Paralympic snowboarder is the guest speaker at the event.
Turnstone receives Gold Level designation as a Paralympic Sports Club.
After 20 years as Executive Director at Turnstone, Nancy Louraine retires. She is replaced by Mike Mushett.
Turnstone enters into an agreement with the United States Association of Blind Athletes to become the home of the USA Men’s Goalball Team.
Turnstone and Parkview Health Ortho Hospital/Sports Medicine partner to provide support for the Goalball training program and other Turnstone-sponsored sports programs.
Turnstone opens the Plassman Athletic Center, which includes 125,000 square feet of new program and administrative office space.
The USA Men’s Goalball Team and coach move to Fort Wayne to live and train for 2016 Paralympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September 2016.
A Memory Care Day Service opens.
The USA Women's Goalball Team and coach move to Fort Wayne to live and train as part of the USABA Resident program.
Turnstone became one of eleven official training sites in the Olympic family.
Turnstone and United States Association of Blind Athletes hosted the city of Fort Wayne's largest international event, and the first Paralympic Qualifier of its kind to be held in the United States, welcoming 700 international guests from over 40 countries for the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation's Goalball & Blind Judo International Qualifier.