Ann P. Turnbull earned her degrees at The University of Georgia (B. Ed.), Auburn University (M.Ed.) and University of Alabama (Ed. D.), and is a professor of special education, having held that position at The University of North Carolina and now at The University of Kansas. She has been honored with The Rose Fitzpatrick Kennedy Medal for contribution to the field of mental retardation; by a consortium of seven professional and parent organizations in the field of mental retardation as one of 36 people who have changed the course of history in mental retardation during the 20th Century; as president, American Association on Mental Retardation; as recipient of the research medal by The Arc (Association for Retarded Citizens) of the USA; as recipient of the leadership award from Camphill Association of North America; and as one of 50 special educators who have made the most significant contribution to that discipline during the last 200 years. She co-founded and co-directs the Beach Center on Disability at The University of Kansas, an international center for research, training, and service in the field of disability. She and her husband Rud have three children: Jay, 37; Amy, 29; and Kate, 26.