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Equity Focused Leaders in Transition and Inclusion Join the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) TPI Expands Technical Assistance and Research with the Addition of Three New Team Members

December 21, 2022 by | Education

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) has grown with the addition of three new team members. The latest additions to the team reflect TPI’s commitment to creating cutting-edge practices to increase inclusion in schools and communities for those who have often been underserved, including youth and adults with disabilities, those who are Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+,

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability Expands Access and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities in Secondary Schools Two New Schools Join the Strategic Practices for the Advancement of Inclusive Schooling (SPAIS) Grant

November 7, 2022 by | Education

Farb Middle School, San Diego Unified School District, and Savanna High School, Anaheim Union High School District, join six middle schools in the Poway Unified School District to participate in the Strategic Practices for the Advancement of Inclusive Schooling (SPAIS) grant.These eight schools will work toward fulfilling the mission of SPAIS to increase access and

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and El Dorado County Charter SELPA Partner to Build Bright Futures with $400,000 Grant The California Department of Education Grant will Support Educators at California Charter Schools

September 26, 2022 by | Education

The California Department of Education awarded Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, in partnership with El Dorado County Charter SELPA, a grant in the amount of $419,794.00 to further Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Person Driven Planning (PDP) for educators in Southern California charter schools. The Building Bright Futures Program supports the

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability Welcomes New Team Members TPI Grows its Team of Leaders in Inclusion and Equity

September 30, 2021 by | Education

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) has hired staff for three new positions. The new staff members will support TPI in establishing the California Educator Preparation Innovation Collaborative (CalEPIC) and developing the Strategic Practices for the Advancement of Inclusive Schooling (SPAIS). Through CalEPIC and SPAIS, Charlotte Achieng Evensen and Jill Perez will work toward improving

Setting our Students up for Long-Term Success Six Steps to Crafting Opportunities for Fulfilling and Sustainable Employment

January 8, 2021 by | Education

By: Rachel Wiegand, Amy Jane Griffiths Introduction Imagine a former student with a disability arriving at her newly earned place of employment. As a member of her Transition-Focused IEP Team, you, your student, and all stakeholders collaborated extensively to ensure that her transition plan met her needs, suited her interests, and aligned to her long

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

3rd Annual DisAbility Summit Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts

March 26, 2018 by | Education

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

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

Scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities

July 19, 2016 by | Education

  Figuring out your financial situation for school can be a scary time for everyone, but there are scholarship opportunities and resources out there to help remove some of the financial barriers that come with pursuing post-secondary education. There are also an assortment of scholarships, programs, and online resources dedicated entirely to assisting students with disabilities

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