Captain (R) Gerald Turning Jr.
"The two most important days in your life are the day are you born, and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
"Your Son is Autistic."
On a cold January day in 2007, a doctor spoke three words to me that forever altered my life.
I had been a cop for 12 years and was a well-respected K9 Handler and Trainer. I had participated in several large-scale searches for missing persons and responded to dozens of calls for service involving autistic individuals.
Yet, I knew practically NOTHING about Autism.
I began writing about my journey- my fears, concerns, failures- as an Autism Dad and started a blog titled:
My writing began to resonate with fellow Special Needs parents and I began to earn a following of thousands around the world. Eventually, I shared that I was also a cop.
I began to receive hundreds of messages from desperate families like mine, expressing concern that their loved ones with Special Needs would be misunderstood or mistreated by First Responders. I did my best to ease their fears, explain our jobs, and shout from the rooftops that
WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS.
It became clear that I was in a unique position as a member of two communities that I love deeply.
I began training First Responders about families like mine, and I began teaching Special Needs parents about First Responders. I have provided this training for over a decade and have trained thousands of First Responders while working as a police officer and raising my family.
My son is approaching adulthood now and my life's mission is as clear as ever:
Bridge the gap
between these two communities that I love and educate the world about the extraordinary individuals among us... like my son.
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