• 2018 DisAbility Summit
Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

2018 DisAbility Summit

» Thompson Policy Institute's 3rd Annual DisAbility Summit

Monday, May 7, 2018

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University

Image of Mary FalveyKeynote Speaker: Dr. Mary A. Falvey

Dr. Falvey is an Emeriti Professor and teaches part time in the Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. She was the Dean of the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) from 2001 – 2013 where she was responsible for undergraduate, credential, master’s, and doctoral programs. Prior to serving as Dean of the College, she coordinated the credential and master’s degree programs in moderate/severe disabilities, as well as the master’s degree program in Inclusive Education at CSULA for over 25 years. She has lectured at over 300 international, national, state, and local conferences as well as taught courses at numerous universities throughout the United States, Thailand, Canada, Peru, and New Zealand. She has written, edited, and contributed chapters to over 18 books and has written 4 books, her most recent book: Believe in My Child with Special Needs was published by Paul Brookes Publishing Company. She consults with numerous schools and school districts as well as parent advocacy groups. She is the parent of an adult son with learning disabilities and the aunt of a young man with Down syndrome and autism. She advocates for students with disabilities to be fully included in general education classes with the appropriate supports and services and is currently serving as an Inclusion Facilitator for a kindergartener with Down syndrome.   

Summit Recordings

Dean Margaret Grogan and President Daniele Struppa

Opening Comments
Dr. Don Cardinal

Video Message
Kristin Wright, Director Special Education Division
California Department of Education

Keynote Address

Breaking the Cycle of Segregated Programs and Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Presented by 
Dr. Mary A. Falvey

Research Presentation

Mapping Access to General Education: The landscape in California and Orange County

Presented by Dr. Meghan Cosier, Dr. Audri Gomez, Dr. Don Cardinal

Research Presentation

Connection, Collaboration, and Co-Creation: Developing meaningful employment opportunities for youth with diverse needs

Presented by Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths, Dr. Amy Hurley-Hanson, Dr. Cristina Giannantonio

Excellence in Disability Award

Closing Comments

Presented by Dr. Audri Gomez

Cover of 2018 Summary Report

Read the full 2018 Summary Report.