Assessing Students Progress in the Extracurricular Realm of School. Why a new qualitative approach method is needed. By Stephen Hinkle, Self-Advocate, Chapman Ph.D. Student

November 15, 2018 by | Uncategorized

In most schools, our school system does a lot to assess student progress in academics such as reading, writing, and mathematics. However, little assessment is done to build an accurate picture of a child’s knowledge in the various extracurricular realms to evaluateif a student is making adequate social progress. To understand why a new method of


California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling Organizational Meeting

October 29, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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


Curb-cuts on Fashion’s Runway By, Anne Steketee, M.Ed

September 7, 2018 by | Uncategorized

I have an unusual reading schedule: various online news sources of a wide diversity politically; several educational newsletters; a fairly outrageous dis/ability blog; and daily email digests featuring issues of race, ethnicity, orientation, and mental health. I find that this sort of cross-pollination of sources adds to my growth. Reading about the continuum of political


Collaborating for Mental WELLth in the Schools

August 20, 2018 by Amy Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP | Uncategorized

In a time where people across the globe more virtually connected than ever before, there seems to be an increased sense of disconnection, isolation, and loneliness for many. At the same time, the rates of people struggling with mental health disorders is high. Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. According


Combatting Disability Stereotypes, from TV to Books by, Sneha Kohli Mathur, M.A. BCBA

July 11, 2018 by Sneha Kohli Mathur | Disability Media

Television has begun to combat stigmatism and stereotypes related to people with disabilities.  In the new comedy Speechless, the writers use humor to educate the general public about the experiences of people with disabilities as well as their families’ experiences.  Interestingly, television is likely one of the primary sources of education on topics that one


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

June 19, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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


Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature Julie Fraumeni-McBride

May 3, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Meet Julie Fraumeni-McBride- She has a focus on disability as it relates to disadvantaged populations and finding ways to make education equitable and accommodating to under-served populations. Please share what has lead you to this position with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)? My interest in autism and disability related research has led me to this position at