PUBLISHED: 1:19 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Turner helps others with ability of technology

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  Barbara Turner, left, with a friend. Turner has started her own business with the goal of repairing computers for people with disabilities.
Having cerebral palsy hasn’t stopped Barbara Turner from living a full life and giving to others.

Turner moved to Juneau from Anchorage five years ago. She said while living in a long-term care facility, a nurse told her she would never accomplish much in her life. She then decided to take computer courses at University of Alaska Southeast.

"I was so mad and I proved him wrong," Turner said. "I didn’t do it for him, though. I did this for me."

Two years go, Turner started her own business, Computer Abilities. She rebuilds and repairs computers at an affordable price for others with disabilities.

"I just wanted to do something that would help other people," Turner said. "I don’t owe any debt and I’m proud of that. It’s been hard to get things going because I’ve just got this little niche. I want to make sure somebody has a computer they can afford."

Turner said starting her own business has not been easy, but with support from members of the community, she’s been able to achieve her goal.

Turner hopes to attend UAS in the fall to continue her education in computers. She said she enjoys working on computers and learning about technology.

"I wouldn’t be alive without technology,"

Turner said. "I love working on computers. It’s like getting a Christmas present."

Turner said before taking classes, she barely knew how to turn on a machine.

"I couldn’t use one, let alone know how to fix it for other people. I like to get in there and figure out what makes that thing tick," she said. "It’s good to be able to pass that knowledge on or to help someone who can’t afford it."