The Community School

Category: From The Executive Director


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 It may not be published by the Times,…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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TCS to Present Series on Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities with All About Developmental Disabilities

Dave Nelson, Executive Director of The Community School, Beth Champ, Young Adult Program Director of The Community School, and All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will team up to present a four part series on Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities this fall….

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Three Peaks, One Cause Fundraiser

The Community School’s founder and Executive Director, Dave Nelson, is climbing three of the highest peaks in New England today and tomorrow (June 27th and 28th) – and he needs your help to get him to the summits! In addition to Dave, the…

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Dave Nelson to Conduct DIR/Floortime Training in Singapore

Dave Nelson Presenting in Moscow, 2012

This summer, Dave Nelson, TCS’s Executive Director, co-led three days of DIR/Floortime training for therapists at Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids in Singapore. Dynamics is one of the leading therapy centers in Southeast Asia. Dave and his co-leader, Crystal Merrill…

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Dave Nelson to Present at the Casablanca Academy’s DIR/Floortime Training 2014

Dave Nelson Presenting in Moscow, 2012

Dave Nelson, TCS’s Executive Director, will present at the Casablanca Academy’s DIR/Floortime Training 2014, “Connecting the Missing Pieces in the Treatment of Autism” to be held at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida in September. Dave will be speaking on…

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DIR/Floortime Abroad

Recently, I was invited to speak at a conference in Moscow, Russia (or “forum” as it is translated there) entitled “Every Child Deserves A Family”.  This forum, hosted by Naked Heart Foundation, has been all about addressing the needs of…

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Acceptance

I hiked with the young adults today.  What a beautiful thing.  Nine guys, many of whom have travelled a very bumpy road in their lives, walked through the woods of Sope Creek.  They talked, they laughed, they teased, they argued. …

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Change is a Crazy Thing…

Change is a crazy thing.  An inexorable force.  Something we often avoid.  Something we try to embrace.  We fear it, we love it, we prepare for it, we deny it.  We even mock it (Tina Fey comes to mind, lampooning…

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Life is What Happens…

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon wrote that. I thought of this line today while talking with George (not his real name). George is a young adult and has been a participant…

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