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Autism Training for First Responders

Your Officers WILL meet someone with Autism today.


Improve Communication 

"Nonverbal" does not necessarily mean "Unable to Communicate". I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to establish critical communication.

Reduce Complaints

Autistic individuals and their families have the right to be understood, treated with dignity, and served with professionalism. I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to avoid unintentional negative encounters.  


Autistic individuals rarely just "WANDER". There is always a goal, destination, or purpose to their behavior. I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to organize more effective SEARCHES.

Improve Community Relations

Often under-represented and isolated, special needs families are a vital part of our communities. I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to foster lasting positive relationships within this community. 


While LIVE Training Sessions are available (contact for pricing and scheduling information), ALL of our training is available ONLINE and ON-DEMAND. It is designed to be viewed on any device in short, easily digestible segments to accommodate the rigorous and unpredictable demands of a Patrol Schedule.

Sensory Challenges

Understanding the Sensory Challenges faced by individuals on the Autism Spectrum is critical to serving, protecting, and communicating with them.  

Communication Challenges

Communication Challenges are common among individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Communicative abilities vary widely and "Non-Verbal" does not mean "Unable to Communicate or Understand".

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Missing Persons

Missing Persons Searches for individuals on the Autism Spectrum are among the most critical calls for service your officers will receive. Roaming around looking for someone "wandering" simply isn't good enough. 


During their 2.5 hour training session

To Identify Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Tactics to Manage Sensory Challenges

Strategies to gain Cooperation and Compliance Without Force

Empathy for Challenges Facing Autistic Individuals and Families

Strategies to overcome Communication Challenges

Realistic De-escalation Techniques

Search Tactics to EXPONENTIALLY increase success and SAVE LIVES

Tactics to Navigate the Most Critical Calls for Service

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Captain Gerald Turning Jr.

"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

Bacon and Juiceboxes.

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 I love and educate the world about the extraordinary individuals among us... like my son.

THOUSANDS of First Responders and Search and Rescue Personnel Trained


On behalf of our entire department, I would like to thank you for your tremendous and informative training...

I know this training has made our department better equipped to handle investigations involving autism. 

John S.

Chief of Police, Connecticut

Hands down some of the best training I've attended. Hit the mark on so many levels.

This training should be a must for all first responders. Thanks for all that you do Jerry. Eric should be very proud of this dad.

Rick G.

Senior Director of Campus Security, Pennsylvania

Your presentation was excellent. As you know it's not always easy to keep officers interested in a presentation and you were able to.

I would say that the length of the presentation was just right and your message and information were well conveyed.

Ray Q.

Police Sergeant, Connecticut

Thanks so much, Jerry, for an outstanding presentation today. It really hit home and I wish that we all had this awareness back in my day.  

Today I learned so much that I wish I knew years ago. 

Bob S.

CERT & OEM, Connecticut


Special Needs Profile for First Responders

A printable profile to distribute to your residents to record VITAL information about an individual in case of EMERGENCY.

This profile goes beyond the basic identifying features of the individual to include Sensory Challenges, Likes and Dislikes, and Possible Behavioral Triggers.  

  • 4 Questions to Turbocharge Your Autistic Missing Person Search

    Autistic individuals rarely just "WANDER". There is always a goal, destination, or purpose to their behavior- even if they can't communicate it.  

    This downloadable and shareable infographic will provide basic and simple questions to begin their search reying on REASON, not LUCK.

  • The First 30 Seconds

    The first seconds of a call for service involving a special needs individual are CRITICAL. Information that is gathered early and communicated efficiently mean the difference between LIFE and DEATH

    This downloadable and shareable infographic will coach your personnel on what CRITICAL information to attain and communicate first.

  • Pricing



    On Demand Access

    Full online access for your ENTIRE AGENCY to be viewed at their own pace and schedule

  • Unlimited Number of Registrants 

  • Training Identical to LIVE

  • Complete Schedule Flexibility

  • Sworn and Civilian Staff Included

  • Purchase Full Agency Training



    LIVE Online Training

    Schedule a personal LIVE training session for your ENTIRE AGENCY

    • Up to 150 LIVE Registrants per Session

    • Training is Identical to On Demand

    • Replay Access Available to Personnel Who Can't Particpate in LIVE Session

    Purchase LIVE Training Session

    Parents and Caregivers

    We have something for you too!

    You don't have to live with anxiety and fear

    of your Special Needs loved one being misunderstood by YOUR Police and First Responders.

  • Your loved one can feel SAFE

  • Your loved one can feel RESPECTED

  • Your loved one can feel UNDERSTOOD

  • by the Police and First Responders serving in your community and neighborhood.

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