» Action: Education and Training

The Thompson Policy Institute is dedicated to providing independent training on significant topics related to disability and facilitating action in areas that require community change. 
  • Families and Schools Together
  • ADOS-2
  • Collaborative Education and Training
  • The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UCI and Thompson Autism Center at CHOC collaborate with Chapman Univesity's Attallah College of Educational Studies for the Family and School Together (FAST) program. This program helps families, schools, and community service providers to collaborate with one another in order to build an effective, high-quality learning plan for each individual child.

    FAST Team Meeting

    The FAST team offers a variety of services including:

    • Reviewing records such as educational/psychological assessments and evaluations and providing feedback on ways to enhance the child’s school experience
    • Sharing resources and information on services that may be appropriate and available for youth with exceptional needs
    • Assisting caregivers in preparing for an upcoming IEP or school-related meeting
    • Offering evidence-based educational opportunities for parents and professionals supporting children with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Related Disorders
    • Empowering parents and bridging the gap between multi-disciplinary organizations/services. For example, helping parents understand the differences between the medical diagnosis and educational eligibility.

    For more information about FAST@UCI, please contact Jeanne Ann Carriere, PhD, at carriere@chapman.edu. To learn more about FAST@CHOC, please contact Elissa Green Kaustinen, M.A., at greenkaustinen@chapman.edu

  • During this week of training, the professional participants learn to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation System (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is a set of toys and activities that professionals use to engage with children. Information gathered through these activities is often used in diagnosing children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our trainings have a very strong reputation in the professional community and we have people from all over California attend. Part of our success is that we use children and family volunteers to demonstrate how to use the ADOS-2 and the participants get to practice with actual children.

    Adult interacting with a little girl

    For more information please contact Jeanne Ann Carriere at .

  • The Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) serves over 21,000 Orange County residents with developmental disabilities and their families. The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability provides education and training for RCOC service coordinators and supervisors. The TPI has extended their partnership with RCOC and is now providing ongoing parent workshops and serving as an educational consultant to support families and schools within the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.


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