Lifespan Services - Testimonials
“David Holmes is a pioneer in the development of
effective services for people with autism in New Jersey and throughout
the nation. During the past three decades, he has developed effective
service delivery approaches to make it possible for people with autism
to live rich lives in their communities.”
Robt. Nicholas, Ph.D. Past Commissioner and
Director, The New Jersey Dept. of Human Services' Division of
can say without fear of contradiction that without the commitment and
dedication of David Holmes, the state of autism services in NJ would be
far less comprehensive, focused and innovative than what you see today.
He has been, and remains, a leader in effectively advocating and
services for learners with ASD and their families.”
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Gerhardt Autism/Aspergers Consultation Group
"David is one of a small and very special elite of professionals who
have dedicated their lives and talents to the provision of lifespan
services for individuals with autism.
He has developed and overseen effective, science-based programs that
recognize the dignity and abilities of highly- challenged youth and
adults by the integration of educational, vocational, and residential
programs. Dr. Holmes is more than an administrator, an advocate, and an
academic. He is a humanist, whose deep and sincere concern for
individuals with autism and their families has produced both direct and
essential services and helped bring hope through treatment. "
COSAC Board of Trustees
I have know David Holmes for over 25 years and
worked with him in many different capacities. He is the consummate
professional. David’s superb leadership skills and remarkable
diversity are what make him effective in many different settings. I
have seen him lead groups of peers, colleagues, teachers, parents, and
all of them with the skill, patience, and direction that guarantee
maximizing everyone’s efforts. He also is very knowledgeable about
all aspects of autism and quite comfortable and articulate in multiple
settings including Group Homes, classrooms, staff meetings,
conferences, court rooms, and etc. David can be counted on to meet a
wide range of needs and he is not only remarkably effective but
extremely pleasant and enjoyable a well. He has my greatest respect
and strongest recommendation.
Professor and Director
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Holmes as an
administrator for a well-known facility serving primarily children and
adolescents with Autism. Also, I have worked with Dr. Holmes when he
served as an officer in a national organization representing school
programs serving children and adolescents with disabilities. He is
clearly an advocate who believes in acquiring the best services
possible for any individual and/or family with whom he is working. He
is a fervent believer in quality of programs and services to children
and adults with disabilities.
President of NAPSEC
I have been involved with autism for more than 30
years and I have known many hundreds of professionals who have worked in
various ways to improve the lives of people affected by autism. But I
have never met a single professional who can rival David Holmes’
persistent dedication to the well being of individuals with autism.
” perspective is rare, yet it is without question a
vital and valuable orientation that should be ubiquitous in the field.
I credit David Holmes with developing and implementing a programmatic
context that serves as a tremendously useful model, and I am grateful to
David for this indispensable contribution.
Glen Dunlap, Professor
University of South Florida