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
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
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
Having had the opportunity to work in two high schools, I have seen how special education can differ vastly in the classes and supports offered to students. Each special education teacher has a caseload of students for whom they are responsible. They meet minimally once a year, with parents, general educators, and administrators, in order
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
If you were unable to join us for the 3rd Annual DisAbility Summit, here is a 2 minute clip. Let us know your thoughts. Hope to see you at the 4th Annual DisAbility Summit in May 2019! Enjoy!
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
Over the course of the last 100 years, sheltered workshops have developed and changed based on the social attitudes and cultural values of the time periods. These attitudes and values were then reflected in the legislation of the different time periods. With the creation of the first sheltered workshop in 1840, the primary disability that
Please share what has lead you to this position with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)? I was the first GRA hired to be part of TPI. I had written my Master’s Thesis for my M.S. in Special Education at Chapman with the title: A Narrative and Poetic Exploration into Self-Defining Asperger’s: Ceasing to be X-.
After tutoring a high school student for six months, an emergency need developed and our home was identified as one of safety for her temporary placement. Three traumatic days turned into three tumultuous years and two babies while we transformed the idea of family together. As Marie (not her real name) coped with her new role