Combatting Disability Stereotypes, from TV to Books by, Sneha Kohli Mathur, M.A. BCBA

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


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-.


3rd Annual DisAbility Summit Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts

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


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


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.

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