Audri Gomez

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California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling Organizational Meeting

October 29, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

The California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling (CAIS) had its first meeting on October 18, 2018 at the California Council on Teacher Education conference.  CAIS emerged from recent statewide conversations regarding how best to support inclusive teacher preparation programs to ensure good schools for all students. The mission of the Alliance is to support, unify, and

Is it Time for the Current Life After High School Transition Model for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities to Finally Face the Wrecking Ball? By Stephen Hinkle, Self-Advocate, Chapman Ph.D. Student

October 13, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

This is the question many, including myself in the disability field, are starting to ask. Historically, transition programs of most school districts have been geared toward students with disabilities staying on the high school campus, not graduating with a high school diploma and instead getting a certificate of attendance. Such a certificate is practically worthless

Chapman GRA Lisa Boskovich shares her experiences on the spectrum with her Alma Mater, California State University, Fullerton

June 19, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

I returned to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) this April and spoke on, “Autism, Advocacy, and Neurodiversity: Successful Strategies to Navigate Higher Education.” I hold a Bachelor’s in Human Services from CSUF, class of 2012. I never thought I would return as a guest speaker to discuss my journey along the autism spectrum and in

Sheltered Workshops Written by, Sneha Kohli Mathur, MA BCBA

April 20, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Over the course of the last 100 years, sheltered workshops have developed and changed based on the social attitudes and cultural values of the time periods.  These attitudes and values were then reflected in the legislation of the different time periods.  With the creation of the first sheltered workshop in 1840, the primary disability that

3rd Annual DisAbility Summit Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts

March 26, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

For the 3rd Annual DisAbility Summit, we have a very exciting lineup of research presentations that will focus on our two main initiatives at the Thompson Policy Institute, inclusion of students with disabilities and transition services. We will also be presenting our Excellence in Disability Award to a recipient that has shown dedication to increase

Perceptions of Disability in the Vietnamese American Community By Kim Dieu, educational psychologist at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Families and Schools Together) and doctoral student at Chapman University

February 22, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Oftentimes, there is an assumption that Vietnamese Americans perceive disability as a condition that is a “debt” from sins committed in a previous life (Jegatheesan, Miller, & Fowler, 2010, p. 124; Wang & West, 2016, p. 5). While that assumption may be accurate for some Vietnamese Americans, it does not thoroughly capture the attitudes of

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