Danny Raede, Director
Danny Raede is the Director of Special Projects at Asperger Experts and the Director of Acceptance, and was diagnosed with Asperger's at age 12. Growing up, he always had a longing to live in a community that is in line with the values of acceptance, consent, and trust, and he is VERY excited to do his part to make Acceptance a reality.
At Acceptance, he is in charge of the greater vision, expansion plans and overall curriculum.
He spends his off time reading books, cooking and enjoying the outdoors.
Seth MacNeely, Projects Director & Lorax
As projects director, Seth provides the logistical structure, steady hand, and coordination that will help Acceptance become a successful reality.
While never diagnosed with Asperger's (there wasn't a word for it in those days), Seth was one of the first generation of kids to be treated pharmaceutically for "hyperactivity." With two of his own three children labeled as ADD and ADHD, he is keenly aware of the challenges that we all face.
Seth has spent the last 20 years working in leadership roles within corporate America and the last 10 doing large-scale project management for a company with revenues in excess of 10 billion annually. While successful, his greatest love has been for Nature and the healing connections it can bring to people.
In addition to graduate work in organizational dynamics and human resources, Seth is a classically-trained actor who spent 10 pre-corporate years working professionally in San Diego - feel free to ask for help with Shakespeare homework!
Seth enjoys camping with his family, horseback riding, scuba diving, long motorcycle trips - any excuse to be outside, really!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any age restrictions?
Sort of. As with most places, we don’t allow unaccompanied minors to join us at Acceptance. You are welcome to come as a family, and as usual, anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to come alone or with as many people as they’d like.
Will scholarships be offered?
Yes! We plan to make Acceptance as affordable as possible and offer full scholarships (including transportation) to those who are unable to pay.
What grades will the school be for?
School aged children are welcome to attend The Phoenix School, and we plan to have a separate program for those aged 18+.
What will the school cost?
We honestly don’t know yet. We’re still working on the final details and will pass along more information as we have it. We plan to offer scholarships.
When will the school open for enrollment?
We plan to open The Phoenix School for enrollment starting Fall 2019.
Do I have to live at Acceptance to enroll in the school?
Since the school is physical, you’ll need to live in the area to attend. We plan on offering up priority spots to those living at Acceptance, with the remaining spots being given to the wider community.
We do have plans to expand the school to multiple locations across the country and the world, as we expand to more Acceptance centers.
Will the school have homework or grades?
Absolutely not! The best way for kids to learn and grow is to actually learn and grow, not demonstrate that they can jump through hoops and constantly be measured.
How can I help you build the buildings needed?
We’re still working with the county and our architects for all of the major buildings, but plan to begin building small (less than 200 sq ft) test buildings, sheds, etc throughout this summer. There’s also plenty of trails to cut and we plan to also start the greenhouses and gardens this summer.
So if you’d like to help with any of that we would greatly appreciate it! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets talk!
When can I move to the village?
We have a lot of work to do before we are ready to allow people to join the village. First we need to raise the money through our crowdfunding campaign, build out the Acceptance retreat center & work with the county on logistics.
That being said, we’ll be starting the village off with Acceptance employees, so if you are interested in joining early, contact us and let us know how you can help.
How do I join the village?
Once we are ready to accept people into the village, we will go through a vetting process to ensure a good fit for everyone. This process includes coming to the Acceptance retreat center for a 5 day stay and talking to us about your intentions. We will discuss from there and then embark upon a 30 day trial if we think you are a good fit.
If everything still goes well after that 30 days, the community will make its final decision. Once you join, you’ll be expected to co-create your living area. That means helping with the design & construction. We find that when people help create a space, they feel much more connected to it and the greater community.
What infrastructure is already on the property?
Not much. There’s an old barn which has power, and an old house, which Seth’s family is living in. That’s why we will be busy throughout the summer installing solar panels, running water lines, constructing greenhouses, etc. We’d love your help!