Debra Emerson Turner
St. Madeleine Sophie Center, CEO
Located in El Cajon, CA, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized innovative programs. We combine our culture of care and creativity within quality programs to provide liberal arts education, practical skills development, employment, and dignity for a lifetime.
SMSC has always been there to help its students work through the daily challenges of finding fulfillment and happiness; and battle obstacles such as prejudice, discrimination, and society’s misconceptions. SMSC is also a leader in reaching out to the greater community and helping to educate the public about the realities of developmental disabilities which know no social boundaries and touch everyone – rich and poor, urban and rural, and every race and nationality. Because there is no cure for developmental disabilities – which include Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy – the developmentally disabled require special supports through all stages of life, from infant to senior citizen.