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Mayor Henry and City of Fort Wayne: It Couldn’t Be Done Without… Community Partners

November 8th, 2021

At Turnstone, our mission is to empower all people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential, and because of support from the City of Fort Wayne and Mayor Tom Henry, our reach is able to extend far beyond Turnstone's physical walls and into the roots of our community. The City of Fort Wayne and our local neighbors have proven time and time again that Turnstone's values of inclusivity and empowerment are shared community-wide.

Through economic development efforts, local funding support, and city improvement projects, Turnstone's relationship with the City of Fort Wayne has been important in meeting not only the needs of children and adults with disabilities, but the greater Fort Wayne community. The City's support has especially helped elevate Turnstone's role in the world of adaptive and Paralympic sports as a United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Site, putting Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana on the map in more ways than one.

Perhaps most notably, in 2019, the City played a key role in welcoming the IBSA Goalball & Blind Judo International Qualifier to Fort Wayne. This event was the first of its kind in our country and one of Fort Wayne's largest international event in the city's history. Local support played a big role in the event's success from city facade grant funding, to city police and homeland security support, massive responses to volunteer needs and downtown enhancements, such as audible crosswalks, to support the 600+ international guests. Though this is only one example of the city's shared commitment to supporting people of all abilities, the event clearly demonstrated Fort Wayne's standard of inclusivity and excellence.

Also, because of diverse representation brought to the table through the Fort Wayne/Allen County Disability Advisory Council, Turnstone is able to support the strategic elevation of voices of people with disabilities. The council serves as an informational resource or the city and county governments and identifies barriers to full community participation.

“There is no place like Turnstone, it's unparalleled,” says Mayor Henry, “If the city does not accept those with disabilities or those who are different than others, then that's a real disservice to a very valuable part of the community.”

WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT THE CITY OF FORT WAYNE AND MAYOR HENRY'S EFFORTS TO PRIORITIZE INCLUSIVITY AND WELCOME ALL PEOPLE INTO OUR COMMUNITY.


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