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Thompson Policy Institute 2nd Annual DisAbility Summit The Summit: A look at the research and the people who make change in the world of disability

May 24, 2017 by | Uncategorized

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Thompson Policy Institute held its 2nd Annual DisAbility Summit. At the Summit, a group of like-minded individuals gathered together for a morning of research, and the celebration of local dedicated professionals who were honored for the excellent work they have done in the field of disability. The Summit provided groundbreaking

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Interview with Professor and Assistant Dean of Research, Scot Danforth, Ph.D. Part Two of Two: The Disability Rights Movement and the next step for DSE, by Lisa Boskovich

April 28, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Scot Danforth, Professor and Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, is a well-known scholar working in the fields of disability studies in education, and inclusive education. He is author or editor of over seventy publications, including ten books. His scholarship examines political and ethical issues involving disabled young

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Interview with Professor and Assistant Dean of Research, Scot Danforth, Ph.D. Part One of Two: Disability Studies in Education, and the Impact of Disability Studies on Policy, by Lisa Boskovich

April 25, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Scot Danforth, Professor and Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, is a well-known scholar working in the fields of disability studies in education, and inclusive education. He is author or editor of over seventy publications, including ten books. His scholarship examines political and ethical issues involving disabled young

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Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part Three of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

March 6, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Welcome to the last part of our three part series on UDL in Early Childhood Education (ECE). In part one, we shared the importance of inclusion and introduced our topic with essential questions we must ask as we begin to understand UDL in ECE. Part two of the series discussed the history and evolution of UDL.

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Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part Two of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

February 26, 2017 by | Uncategorized

As early educators, understanding the foundational concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is necessary before understanding how UDL applies to the early childhood world. This brief overview of the history and principles of UDL will help continue the discussion as we move into the last part of our series on UDL in ECE next week.

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Moving away from a dichotomous educational system

February 15, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Education has been a dichotomous system consisting of two distinct programs, general education and special education. Each system consisting of its own programs, teachers, funding sources, classrooms, curriculum, and students. These systems have guided our educational practices, including how and where students are educated. Regardless of these distinct systems, today’s classrooms represent a broadly diverse

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Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part One of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

February 13, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Analyzing how to meet the needs of all students, regardless of ability, is critical in the field of education. Research shows that inclusion of students with disabilities in general education has lasting effects on their educational outcomes (Causton-Theoharis, J., Theoharis, G., Cosier, M. and Orsati, F., 2013, Danforth, 2014). Florian (2012) defined inclusion as the moment teachers begin to

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Comparing mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities

August 2, 2016 by | Uncategorized

When I first started working for Thompson Policy Institute, I lacked an understanding of the nuances between different types of disabilities. Without even realizing it, I had lumped together very different conditions into similar categories and after doing some reading, I see why I was confused! The classification between intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and

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Voting rights for people with disabilities

July 29, 2016 by | Politics

Earlier this week, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act being signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. This was a monumental moment for the equal treatment of US Citizens with disabilities, but nonprofit organizations and other advocacy groups push forward with new advocacy to remind us more work is