Exploring the Neurodiversity Movement

June 13, 2016 by | Uncategorized

A multitude of misconceptions can exist around mental diversity for those people who have not been directly impacted by disability in their lives. Much like the diverse ethnic, cultural and personal differences that exist in our society, different brain functions exist that have been labeled as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome,


5 Reasons businesses should employ workers with disabilities

June 1, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Ford is launching a new pilot program to employ individuals with autism starting June 1st called FordInclusiveWorks. Ford partnered with the Autism Alliance of Michigan to bring to fruition this program that provides much needed opportunities for individuals with autism and allows them to use their unique skill set to contribute in valuable ways. Forward-thinking companies


Alabama announces state summit on disability employment

May 16, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced recently  that a statewide Summit on Disability Employment has been scheduled for October. Governor Bentley has partnered with both the Alabama Labor Commissioner and Mental Health Commissioner. The Summit was announced following the Governor’s tour of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham. Thompson Policy Institute’s DisAbility Summit happened earlier this May and suggested that


Transitioning into adulthood and employment for adults with ASD

May 12, 2016 by | Fresh Friday

With graduation quickly approaching at Chapman University, the excitement and nervousness of transitioning into adulthood can be felt all across campus. The increased independence and ambiguity that come with finding employment, housing and a new routine can be stressful for all parties involved. For young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this transition can be particularly


TPI Autism findings make headlines

May 6, 2016 by | Fresh Friday

Thompson Policy Institute recently hosted its first annual DisAbility Summit at Chapman University on May 3rd, 2016. The research presented was primarily about Autism in the Workplace and the rising rates of autism diagnoses in Orange County. It was well received by those who attended the event and various news outlets have since started spreading


Reblog: Chapman’s new Thompson Policy Institute explores data on autism at its first annual DisAbility Summit, May 3

April 25, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability and Autism will present its findings at the inaugural DisAbility Summit, to be held in Chapman’s new Musco Center for the Arts on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The DisAbility Summit, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon (9-10 a.m. registration and networking; 10 am-noon conference), is


Fresh Friday: The top 5 articles on Disability this week

April 8, 2016 by | Fresh Friday

Each week 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. 5.  Federal Judge: Religious Schools Exempt From ADA

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