Aja McKee

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TPI Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature Meet Lisa Boskovich, who has a research focus on the social model of disability and its' impact in today’s education system, and the intersectionality of disability in identity

April 11, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Please share what has lead you to this position with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)? I was the first GRA hired to be part of TPI. I had written my Master’s Thesis for my M.S. in Special Education at Chapman with the title: A Narrative and Poetic Exploration into Self-Defining Asperger’s: Ceasing to be X-.

TPI Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature Meet Sneha Kohli Mathur, who has a research focus on transition to adulthood for individuals on the spectrum

February 12, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

We asked Sneha a few questions about her position at TPI, and about her research interests. Please share what has lead you to this position with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)? I attended the first DisAbility Summit, and the very next day I applied to join Chapmans Ph.D. in Education program. While I was starting

Person-First Language and What it Means to Me Adriana Smith shares her thoughts on the importance of Person-First Language

January 22, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

The discussion of person-first language versus identity-first language continues. This popular discussion has been occurring via various avenues for quite a while. The education field has deemed person-first language such as, “an individual with autism” as acceptable, and many disabled individuals have argued for identity-first language such as, “Autistic,” stating it better suits how disabled individuals feel/identify. As the debate

Labels and Identity A Disability Narrative by Lisa Boskovich, M. Ed., TPI Graduate Research Assistant

January 16, 2018 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Neurodiversity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s. All these terms are labels. Which one fits the complexities of the self-called I? What happens when I add in; writer, poet, researcher, Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), and 3rd year Ph.D. student? What becomes of the other labels I may identify with? What if I write the word

Mathematizing: Striving for Inclusion Through Quality and Creative Math Instruction Interview with Dr. Rachel Lambert, Assistant Professor in the Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University

November 22, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Dr. Rachel Lambert is an Assistant Professor in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Her scholarly work investigates the intersections between disability studies in education and mathematics education. She has conducted longitudinal studies of how learners with and without disabilities construct identities as mathematics learners, and how mathematical pedagogy shapes disability. Dr. Lambert

Meet Sarah Stup: Author with autism who has much to say about inclusion Non-Speaking and Autistic, Sarah shares her thoughts on her educational journey

November 2, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

To learn more about education and inclusion, we asked Sarah Stup to tell us about her educational experiences growing up. Sarah is a critically acclaimed author, and well-known blogger. Sarah types to speak, and has much to share with us about inclusion in the educational environment. Did you attend general education or special education classes

Transition to Work Transition Specialist and long-time educator, Linda O'Neal, discusses the key factors in the transition to work process

October 6, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

As we consider the long-term future of our youth with disabilities, it is critical to start with successful outcomes and work backward. Transition Planning includes: Education/Post-Secondary Education, Mobility, Connections to Resources, Independent Living, Recreation/Fitness & Work. All of these areas are essential, but for the sake of this blog we will concentrate on employment. The

Sean McElwee talks about his Transition to Work Sean McElwee from "Born This Way," tells us about his dreams and business ventures as we discuss transition to the workplace

September 8, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Sean McElwee is 23 years old and happens to have Down syndrome. Sean is an entrepreneur and works multiple jobs, all of which he enjoys. Sean encourages others to never give up on their dreams. Living in his own apartment with supported living staff facilitating his independence, Sean loves making his own decisions and eating

Interview on Accessibility with the McElwee’s Sean McElwee from "Born This Way," and his mom Sandra McElwee, share what they have learned about accessibility

August 18, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Sean McElwee is 23 years old and happens to have Down syndrome. Sean thrived in inclusion in primary school and survived exclusion in secondary school. He is an entrepreneur, creating t-shirts with his funny sayings that can be seen at seanese.com. He also works at a trampoline park and enjoys public speaking, encouraging his audiences

A Wish for Authentic Disability Representation on Television to Continue By Beth Haller, Ph.D.

July 14, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

  We are in vibrant “new” world of authentic disability representation on television, with shows like Switched at Birth, Speechless, Little People, Big World, and Born This Way. However, is this authentic representation so new? In the 1980s, several scholars evaluated authentic disability representation on television when disabled actors appeared on screen, looking at their

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