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Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

2017 DisAbility Summit

» Thompson Policy Institute's 2nd Annual Disability Summit

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Musco Center for the Arts

Collage of the second DisAbility Summit

Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Presentation Topics

Dean Margaret Grogan

 President Daniele Struppa

William S. Thompson

Where is the problem in disability and what does the TPI plan to do about it?
Dr. Don Cardinal

Keynote Address
"Stephen's Story of Growing up with Autism"

Stephen Hinkle

Research to Local Action: The Orange County Transition Initiative
What are employers saying about hiring people with disabilities?
Dr. Amy-Jane Griffiths

Why do inclusive practices in schools vary so greatly?
A California and New York Study
Dr. Meghan Cosier

 Increase in rate of autism likely a factor of definition
A multi-state analysis of autism prevalence in U.S. schools
Dr. Don Cardinal

A Short Intermission

Excellence in Disability Award Presentations

Speakers Panel - Audience Questions and Dialogue

Keynote Speaker

photo of Stephen Hinkle

Stephen Hinkle

Stephen Hinkle is an international speaker on disability who has spoken in 24 states plus Australia, for over 16 years. Stephen has experience as a person with autism, a former special education student, and as a professional with a masters degree in disability policy.
These three exceptional professionals will be acknowledged for having dedicated their lives toward improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
photo of Dr. Joe  Donnelly

Dr. Joe Donnelly

Dr. Joe Donnelly is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC Irvine, and serves as Medical director of the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He has special clinical interest in providing support to families and caring for children with autism and other developmental disorders.
photo of Linda   O’Neal

Linda O’Neal

Linda O’Neal has 38 years of experience in education. She writes and implements local, state and federal grants focusing on young adults with disabilities. She is a strong advocate for programs providing transition, employment and support services for these young adults.
photo of Dr. Richard Rosenberg

Dr. Richard Rosenberg

Dr. Richard Rosenberg has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He is currently the regional manager for CaPROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income), a federal research project supporting 14-16 year olds in becoming self-sufficient.

Cover of 2017 Summary Report

Read the full 2017 Summary of Findings Report.

A special thank you to our sponsors for this event:

List of DisAbility Summit sponsors

Sponsors shown above: The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, Mary Rose Daniels

Community Partners

Collage of 13 logos from the disability summit partners including Chapman University

Partners shown above: Ability Magazine and abilityJOBS, Orange County Department of Education, Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Regional Center of Orange County, Machine Learning & Assistive Technology Lab, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Dayle McIntosh Center, Anaheim White House, Children & Families Commission of Orange County, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Easterseals Southern California, Musco Center for the Arts

For more information, please contact Margie McCoy at tpi@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6970