MELISSA SHANG by, Robert A. Slayton, Ph.D.

September 12, 2017 by | Uncategorized

If you write blogs, or opeds, or opinion pieces, the holy grail is not something Indy and his dad search for, but the New York Times pages.  Thousands apply each week, and the paper, after running their regular columnists, prints one or two outside authors a day.  After writing seven books I got in once,

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 | Uncategorized

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

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education Jason McAlexander, Director of the Disability Services

August 31, 2017 by | Uncategorized

As the Director of Disability Services at Chapman University, I see many students requesting accommodations at the beginning of their higher education experience. They are coming from high schools with IEPs or 504 plans. These plans assist students to be successful in the high school environment because of some type of disability. What I do

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Education

  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

Pushing societal limits Stephen Hinkle addresses educational inclusion at the DisAbility Summit

June 13, 2017 by | DisAbility Summit

Just prior to Chapman University’s commencement ceremony, the Thompson Policy Institute of Disability and Autism hosted the 2nd annual DisAbility Summit at the Musco Center for the Arts. The exciting event featured the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)’s cutting-edge research on critical issues in the area of disability and autism. Keynote speaker Stephen Hinkle addressed the community

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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 | Uncategorized

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