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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

Sheltered Workshops Written by, Sneha Mathur, MA

April 20, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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

TPI Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature Meet Lisa Boskovich, who has a research focus on the social model of disability and its' impact in today’s education system, and the intersectionality of disability in identity

April 11, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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-.

Transforming Family: Foster Youth with Disabilities

March 22, 2018 by Anne Steketee | Uncategorized

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

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature Meet Shayne Brophy who has an interest in how student's self-concepts are impacted by disability labeling

March 7, 2018 by | Uncategorized

We asked Shayne a few questions about her position at TPI, and about her research interests. Please share what has lead you to this position with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)? After completing the my Master’s and credential I chose to return to Chapman because of the knowledge and support that the faculty have to offer.

Perceptions of Disability in the Vietnamese American Community By Kim Dieu, educational psychologist at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Families and Schools Together) and doctoral student at Chapman University

February 22, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Oftentimes, there is an assumption that Vietnamese Americans perceive disability as a condition that is a “debt” from sins committed in a previous life (Jegatheesan, Miller, & Fowler, 2010, p. 124; Wang & West, 2016, p. 5). While that assumption may be accurate for some Vietnamese Americans, it does not thoroughly capture the attitudes of

TPI Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature Meet Sneha Kohli Mathur, who has a research focus on transition to adulthood for individuals on the spectrum

February 12, 2018 by | Uncategorized

We asked Sneha a few questions about her position at TPI, and about her research interests. Please share what has lead you to this position with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)? I attended the first DisAbility Summit, and the very next day I applied to join Chapmans Ph.D. in Education program. While I was starting

Person-First Language and What it Means to Me Adriana Smith shares her thoughts on the importance of Person-First Language

January 22, 2018 by | Uncategorized

The discussion of person-first language versus identity-first language continues. This popular discussion has been occurring via various avenues for quite a while. The education field has deemed person-first language such as, “an individual with autism” as acceptable, and many disabled individuals have argued for identity-first language such as, “Autistic,” stating it better suits how disabled individuals feel/identify. As the debate