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 the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. We hope you will join us! Complete you registration at the link below.

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Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Presentation Topics

Dean Margaret Grogan, William S. Thompson and President Daniele Struppa

Opening Comments
Dr. Don Cardinal

Keynote Address

Mapping Access to General Education: The landscape in California and Orange County
Dr. Meghan Cosier, Dr. Audri Gomez, Dr. Don Cardinal

A Short Intermission

Connection, Collaboration, and Co-Creation: Developing meaningful employment opportunities for youth with diverse needs
Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths, Dr. Amy Hurley-Hanson, Dr. Cristina Giannantonio

Excellence in Disability Awards

Policy Recommendations
Dr. Don Cardinal


If you would like to provide a gift to support the Disability Summit, please click on the link below:

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Parking Information

Parking information for the summit highlighting West campus and marion knott studios parking

Guests can park in either the West Campus Parking Structure (WC) or in the Marion Knott Studios Lot (KS).  Permits costing $3 for 4 hours can be purchased in each lot at the kiosk.  Permit vending machines accept $1 bills, $5 bills, coins and credit cards (MC, Visa, AMEX and Discover).  Vending machines do not give change.  Cars in Disabled spaces must display a valid disability placard in addition to a valid university permit.  Be sure to place the permit face up on your dashboard. Vehicles without permits or vehicles parking in restricted lots/spaces will be ticketed.  Parking is not permitted along city streets without a City of Orange permit.

An accessible Chapman shuttle will be available to transport you to and from the Musco Center if you prefer not to walk from the lot.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to provide enough time to park and walk or shuttle the short distance.  The walk from either lot takes approximately 8 minutes.

If you require other accommodations, please e-mail us at and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Spanish interpretation via listening devices and an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter will be available.  Please let us know if you will require these services by emailing us at

A sensory friendly room will be provided for those who may need a quiet space to think/watch the presentation.  Please ask any usher to assist you.

If you are a professional and would like to request CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) as required by the BBS, please be sure to sign in as well as out at the check-in tables out front.  Our office will e-mail your certificate within a week following the Summit.

We hope to see you there!