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Thompson Policy Institute

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Our Mission
Our mission is to provide independent information on significant topics related to disability and facilitate action in areas that require community change. Throughout each year, the TPI will produce research that results in recommendations to decision-makers at the local, state and eventually national levels. The aim is to educate stakeholders on these topics towards improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Our Approach
With a commitment to free and open inquiry, the Institute takes an interdisciplinary approach to research that draws from local, national, and international sources. We will use a range of experimental and theoretical approaches; qualitative and quantitative methods. Our work transforms the way we understand the world of disability and policy, advancing areas of study, and often creating new areas of inquiry. 

Community Partners
TPI is involved in many research and project-based collaborations and partnerships. These collaborative efforts are an important component of many TPI activities, including conducting research, disseminating critical information to key stakeholders, and supporting community-wide change.

Logos of the partner organizations

Partners shown above: William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation; Chapman University Attallah College of Educational Studies; The California State University; California Council on Teacher Education; Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR Center); Dayle McIntosh Center; Department of Rehabilitation (DOR); Regional Center of Orange County (ROCC); Orange County Department of Education (OCDE); Multi-Tiered System of Supports (OCDE); Goodwill of Orange County; Machine Learning and Assisitive Technology (MLAT); Padres Unidos; Project SEARCH High School Transition Program; Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University; IATSE Local 504; WestEd; Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Education Center (SWIFT); The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children's; Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders at University of Missouri; TLC Public Charter School; UCI Center for Statistical Consulting; Easterseals of Southern California; Children & Families Commission of Orange County; California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)