Interview with Ann Turnbull
Family and Professional Background
In this first segment, Ann Turnbull shares personal background information and noes significant events that influenced her lifelong commitment to family advocacy.
I grew up in a small town in the South, in West Point, Georgia, and my parents were very devoted civil rights advocates. But I'm very thankful that my family was, and I think that started me on the path of advocacy very early. From that point, I majored in special education in college, started teaching, and I especially wanted to work with children with disabilities.
But in terms of my family life, when my husband and I decided to marry, he had a seven-year-old son with very significant disabilities, who, at that time, was living at a residential school. But when Rud and I married, Jay came home to live with us, and that was another chapter in my life in terms of family advocacy, in seeking opportunities for him to have an education. And so that really started a – from that point on – lifelong commitment to opening school doors, to having appropriate education.