Jerry Turning, Jr. was born and raised in New Jersey. He has lived on the Jersey Shore his entire life. Jerry graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (1995) and earned his Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix (2009) while working and raising a family. Jerry is a police Lieutenant in a municipal police department and has spent the majority of his career in K9. He is a certified police K9 Handler and Trainer. Jerry and his wife Jo-Ann were married in 1998 and they have two amazing kids: Anna (born in 2001) and Eric (born in 2004). Eric was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2 1/2 years old. Jerry recently began spilling his guts about the past five years struggling and celebrating the world of Autism in his personal blog, Bacon and Juice Boxes: Our Life With Autism. In what ever free time he has ( read that as not much!), he enjoys cycling, running, and his most recent therapeutic obsession: triathlon training.
Imagine yourself to be a rookie cop, two years “on the road,” patrolling an average-sized town in America.
It is unthinkable. It is every parent’s worst fear.
Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.
Last night I had a dream that found me raging through my childhood home. For some reason, I was very angry with my family.
Every day I live with and struggle to compensate for my autism.
“I don’t think it’s safe to go,” I texted my sitter. “Let me call the office.”
I attended a focus group this week. A new venture is being developed with the intent of providing a unique six to nine-month internship experience for young adults with disabilities.
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