Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc. (2015)

Fort Wayne, IN

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Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc. (Turnstone Center) is northeast Indiana’s only not-for-profit organization that provides a full range of rehabilitative, wellness, athletic and recreational programs and facilities to persons with disabilities and their families. Since 1943, Turnstone Center has continually evolved and expanded to respond to the needs and desires of the people it serves — a population whose needs are underserved and often neglected. Each year, Turnstone Center serves approximately 2,100 children and adults through childcare, preschool, adult day services, and speech, fitness, physical, occupational, and aquatics therapy (over 78,000 hours annually). They also loan equipment, such as walkers and wheelchairs, at no charge and over 95 percent of all clients receive services at a reduced rate. Turnstone Center is the only organization in northeast Indiana that provides therapeutic services on a sliding fee scale to persons with physical disabilities. This NMTC project, called “Turnstone of Tomorrow,” includes a 125,000 sq. ft. addition named the Plassman Athletic Center for expanded sports, recreation, and wellness programming. At the heart of the addition is a new 65,000-sq.-ft. field house complete with four collegiate-sized basketball courts; a 230-meter six-lane track; a fitness center that doubles its current capacity; a warm water therapy pool with zero-depth entry, chair lift, transfer wall and stairs; fully accessible bathrooms, locker rooms and showers; and administrative offices. Once complete, Turnstone of Tomorrow will enable Turnstone Center to serve 2,750 total people per year, a 30 percent increase. Not only does this provide countless more opportunities for people with disabilities, it makes significant strides in positioning Turnstone Center as the nation’s gold standard for empowering individuals with disabilities.

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