Aja McKee

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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

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Thompson Policy Institute 2nd Annual DisAbility Summit The Summit: A look at the research and the people who make change in the world of disability

May 24, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Thompson Policy Institute held its 2nd Annual DisAbility Summit. At the Summit, a group of like-minded individuals gathered together for a morning of research, and the celebration of local dedicated professionals who were honored for the excellent work they have done in the field of disability. The Summit provided groundbreaking

Interview with Professor and Assistant Dean of Research, Scot Danforth, Ph.D. Part Two of Two: The Disability Rights Movement and the next step for DSE, by Lisa Boskovich

April 28, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Scot Danforth, Professor and Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, is a well-known scholar working in the fields of disability studies in education, and inclusive education. He is author or editor of over seventy publications, including ten books. His scholarship examines political and ethical issues involving disabled young

Interview with Professor and Assistant Dean of Research, Scot Danforth, Ph.D. Part One of Two: Disability Studies in Education, and the Impact of Disability Studies on Policy, by Lisa Boskovich

April 25, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Scot Danforth, Professor and Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, is a well-known scholar working in the fields of disability studies in education, and inclusive education. He is author or editor of over seventy publications, including ten books. His scholarship examines political and ethical issues involving disabled young

Family Resiliency, Supporting Autism and ND Disorders By Jeanne Anne Carrier, as published in April 2017 edition of Parenting OC

April 9, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Raising a child with a disability brings a unique set of joys and challenges for a family – increased struggles with daily routines, finances, and navigating the maze of doctors and support services. This can be complicated by decreases in the amount of time parents spend engaged in the community, with friends or as a

Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part Three of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

March 6, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Welcome to the last part of our three part series on UDL in Early Childhood Education (ECE). In part one, we shared the importance of inclusion and introduced our topic with essential questions we must ask as we begin to understand UDL in ECE. Part two of the series discussed the history and evolution of UDL.

Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part Two of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

February 26, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

As early educators, understanding the foundational concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is necessary before understanding how UDL applies to the early childhood world. This brief overview of the history and principles of UDL will help continue the discussion as we move into the last part of our series on UDL in ECE next week.

Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part One of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

February 13, 2017 by | Thompson Policy Institute

Analyzing how to meet the needs of all students, regardless of ability, is critical in the field of education. Research shows that inclusion of students with disabilities in general education has lasting effects on their educational outcomes (Causton-Theoharis, J., Theoharis, G., Cosier, M. and Orsati, F., 2013, Danforth, 2014). Florian (2012) defined inclusion as the moment teachers begin to

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