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Is it Time for the Current Life After High School Transition Model for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities to Finally Face the Wrecking Ball? By Stephen Hinkle, Self-Advocate, Chapman Ph.D. Student

October 13, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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

Curb-cuts on Fashion’s Runway By, Anne Steketee, M.Ed

September 7, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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

Collaborating for Mental WELLth in the Schools

August 20, 2018 by Amy Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP | Uncategorized

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

Chapman GRA Lisa Boskovich shares her experiences on the spectrum with her Alma Mater, California State University, Fullerton

June 19, 2018 by | Uncategorized

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

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 Kohli Mathur, MA BCBA

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