- Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor Emerita
Ann Turnbull is the Marianna and Ross Beach Distinguished Professor Emerita in Special Education. She co-founded and co-directed the Beach Center on Disability. Ann’s research focuses on family support, family-professional partnerships, and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Along with Rud Turnbull, she was identified by the National Historic Preservation Trust in Developmental Disabilities as one of 36 individuals worldwide who “changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the 20th century.” She was a recipient of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy International Leadership Award and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from five of the leading national disability organizations.