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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.

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Partners shown above: William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, Chapman University Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies, CHOC Children's, Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC)  Musco Center for the Arts, The Center for Autism & Neurodevlopmental Disorders, Children & Families Commission of Orange County, Mary Rose Daniels, Orange County Department of Education, TLC Public Charter School, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders - University of Missouri, Easter Seals Southern California, Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC), Anaheim White House Restaurant, Machine Learning and Assistive Technology (MLAT), California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), Ability Magazine, Project Search