The Community School

Category: From The Executive Director


Math Affinities by Dave Nelson, Executive Administrative Director

On Monday mornings, I teach a class called Affinities Math, with help from our new Assistant Teacher, Jordan Spurlin. This is a class for a group of young adults who are focused on transitioning into the larger world. They don’t…

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Family Potluck Reflection

Written by our Executive Administrative Director, Dave Nelson, this article is a reflection on the TCS family potluck celebrating the end of a wonderful fall semester.

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Playing for a Purpose

We are so appreciative of the Playing for a Purpose charity for choosing to support our program this year! Read all about their amazing contribution here.

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An Outing to the Lake Claire Community Land Trust by Dave Nelson

This article written by our Executive Director, Dave Nelson, explores one of our independence group’s fun and enlightening journey to the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, a hidden Atlantan gem in Candler Park.

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A Letter from our Executive Director addressing our 6th Annual Southern Soiree and Auction

Dear TCS Community: The beginning of the new calendar year is always an exciting and hectic time for us at TCS. First and foremost, we are concentrating on helping our students, participants, and families get back into the groove; sometimes…

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Election Anxiety

In this article our Executive Director, Dave Nelson, reflects on the effects of increasing political anxiety in regards to our participants and postulates strategies that caregivers and/or supporters of people of difference can respond with in nonpartisan, inclusive, and empathic ways.

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Cell Phone Hide-and-Seek!

The Community School’s Executive Director, Dave Nelson, narrates a firsthand experience showing the many educational and social-emotional benefits of cell phone hide-and-seek.

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A Letter from Our Executive Director, Dave Nelson, about the TCS Decatur Art Show

In this letter from TCS’s Executive Director, Dave Nelson, Nelson describes TCS’s unique program, TCS’s long standing relationship with the City of Decatur, and the importance of the TCS Decatur Art Show on exhibit now at the Decatur Visitor Center.

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A Letter to the Editor

The New York Times published an article last Sunday called “Adult, Autistic and Ignored” by Eli Gottleib. Dave Nelson, The Community School’s Executive Director, wrote this Letter to the Editor in response. It may not be published by the Times,…

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The Power of Community

We recently invited our families to join us for a picnic lunch at one of our hiking locations, and the turnout was great. As I  stood over the large sheet cake, guarding it from predators (we were in the wilderness,…

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