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Autism in the workplace

March 30, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Transitioning to independence during young adulthood is a pivotal and challenging time for everyone. For young adults with special needs, this transition period of new challenges can be particularly difficult. People with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorders or learning disabilities, may have social and communicative deficits which may impact their ability to successfully advocate for

6 Child Disability Laws You Should Know

March 22, 2016 by | Uncategorized

We recently read an article here at Thompson Policy Institute called 6 Child Disability Rights Laws You Should Know. The article inspired us to share the six laws that were paramount for improving the quality of life for children with disability. Check out our infographic about the 6 Child Disability Laws You Should Know and

Collaboration required to better educate students with high-needs California Department of Education undergoes big changes for students with disabilities

March 16, 2016 by | Uncategorized

The California Department of Education is redefining what a “high-needs student” is and combining its efforts to offer better educational programs for students with disabilities. Typically,  students considered to be high-needs were classified as low-income, foster children or English as a second language students. California ranks among the lowest of the states in its academic performance by

Fresh Friday: Top 5 Articles on Disability this Week

February 19, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Each Friday Thompson Policy Institute rounds up the top 5 articles we found on the web about disability and autism. It’s a fast and digestible way to ensure you are staying up to date with the latest stats, information and research on disability. Here are our picks for the week of Friday, February

California schools stumble implementing new mental health programs

February 17, 2016 by | Uncategorized

The California state government spent  $426 million on mental health in special education programs in 2014-2015. These programs provide the resources, counseling and medical services that occur for students with mental illness at school and in the greater community. A recent passing of legislation has left school districts responsible for providing these much needed services.