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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

Mathematizing: Striving for Inclusion Through Quality and Creative Math Instruction Interview with Dr. Rachel Lambert, Assistant Professor in the Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University

November 22, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Dr. Rachel Lambert is an Assistant Professor in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Her scholarly work investigates the intersections between disability studies in education and mathematics education. She has conducted longitudinal studies of how learners with and without disabilities construct identities as mathematics learners, and how mathematical pedagogy shapes disability. Dr. Lambert

Meet Sarah Stup: Author with autism who has much to say about inclusion Non-Speaking and Autistic, Sarah shares her thoughts on her educational journey

November 2, 2017 by | Uncategorized

To learn more about education and inclusion, we asked Sarah Stup to tell us about her educational experiences growing up. Sarah is a critically acclaimed author, and well-known blogger. Sarah types to speak, and has much to share with us about inclusion in the educational environment. Did you attend general education or special education classes

Transition to Work Transition Specialist and long-time educator, Linda O'Neal, discusses the key factors in the transition to work process

October 6, 2017 by | Uncategorized

As we consider the long-term future of our youth with disabilities, it is critical to start with successful outcomes and work backward. Transition Planning includes: Education/Post-Secondary Education, Mobility, Connections to Resources, Independent Living, Recreation/Fitness & Work. All of these areas are essential, but for the sake of this blog we will concentrate on employment. The

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,