State Independent Living Council

Council Member: Sheila Turner

Sheila is a lifelong Washington resident. She has been legally blind since birth due to bilateral congenital cataracts. She is the second of three generations of blindness in her family. Sheila inherited the condition from her mother and passed it to two of her kids. She learned about advocacy from her mother. Her parents have always supported and encouraged her, and still do. They taught Sheila to believe in herself and her abilities. She tries to pass this value on to all of her children and to be an example to everyone in her life. Sheila is a graduate of Columbia Basin College and Washington State University. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado working on her Master’s in Teaching of the Visually Impaired, and becoming a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She is a single mother and working full time as the Independent Living Older Blind teacher for the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kennewick. She works with people aged 55 and older in south eastern Washington and has enjoyed the position for 13 years.

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