• 2018 DisAbility Summit
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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.   

Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Presentation Topics

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

Dr. Mary A. Falvey
Emeritus Professor

California State University, Los Angeles 

Research Presentation

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

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

A Short Intermission

Research Presentation

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

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

Excellence in Disability Award

Closing Comments

Dr. Audri Gomez

Read the full 2018 Summary Report.

Parking Information

Guests can park in either the West Campus Parking Structure (WC) or in the Marion Knott Studios Lot (KS). Permits costing $3 for 4 hours can be purchased in each lot at the kiosk. Permit vending machines accept $1 bills, $5 bills, coins and credit cards (MC, Visa, AMEX and Discover). Vending machines do not give change. Cars in Disabled spaces must display a valid disability placard in addition to a valid university permit. Be sure to place the permit face up on your dashboard. Vehicles without permits or vehicles parking in restricted lots/spaces will be ticketed. Parking is not permitted along city streets without a City of Orange permit.

An accessible Chapman shuttle will be available to transport you to and from the Musco Center if you prefer not to walk from the lot. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to provide enough time to park and walk or shuttle the short distance. The walk from either lot takes approximately 8 minutes.

If you require other accommodations, please e-mail us at tpi@chapman.edu and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Spanish interpretation via listening devices and an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter will be available. Please let us know if you will require these services by emailing us at tpi@chapman.edu.

A sensory friendly room will be provided for those who may need a quiet space to think/watch the presentation. Please ask any usher to assist you.

If you are a professional and would like to request CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) as required by the BBS, please be sure to sign in as well as out at the check-in tables out front. Our office will e-mail your certificate within a week following the Summit.