Curb-cuts on Fashion’s Runway

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


Combatting Disability Stereotypes, from TV to Books

July 11, 2018 by Sneha Kohli Mathur | Disability Media

Television has begun to combat stigmatism and stereotypes related to people with disabilities.  In the new comedy Speechless, the writers use humor to educate the general public about the experiences of people with disabilities as well as their families’ experiences.  Interestingly, television is likely one of the primary sources of education on topics that one


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


3rd Annual DisAbility Summit

May 16, 2018 by | Uncategorized

If you were unable to join us for the 3rd Annual DisAbility Summit, here is a 2 minute clip. Let us know your thoughts. Hope to see you at the 4th Annual DisAbility Summit in May 2019! Enjoy!  


Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature

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

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

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-.


3rd Annual DisAbility Summit

March 26, 2018 by | Education

For the 3rd Annual DisAbility Summit, we have a very exciting lineup of research presentations that will focus on our two main initiatives at the Thompson Policy Institute, inclusion of students with disabilities and transition services. We will also be presenting our Excellence in Disability Award to a recipient that has shown dedication to increase

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