• Dr. Audri Gomez presenting
Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

2020 DisAbility Summit

» Thompson Policy Institute's 2020 DisAbility Summit


The DisAbility Summit is Back!

Inclusion and Transition: Each Enhancing the Other

Friday • October 9 • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

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After canceling the event in March due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce that the Thompson Policy Institute will be hosting a virtual DisAbility Summit


Welcome - Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller, Interim Dean, Attallah College of Educational Studies

TPI Introduction - Dr. Meghan Cosier, Director, Thompson Policy Institute on DisAbility

Keynote Address - Joe Xavier, California Department of Rehabilitation, Director
If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?

California Transition Initiatives - Dr. Richard Rosenberg and Linda O'Neal, M.A.
Real World Transition Programming Leading to Competitive Integrated Employment
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Closing - Dr. Audri Sandoval-Gomez,TPI Assistant Director

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Joe Xavier HeadshotTPI is happy to have JOE XAVIER, Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, as the keynote speaker for the DisAbility Summit. In addition to years participating in advocacy and community organizations, Joe has more than 34 years of experience in business and public administration. As an immigrant, a blind consumer, and a beneficiary of the Department of Rehabilitation’s services, he has the experience and understands the challenges and opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Further, he is aware of the services required to maximize an individual’s full potential. The title of his presentation is If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When? and there will be attention given to COVID-19 as it pertains to transition in his presentation. 




Richard Rosenberg HeadshotDr. Richard Rosenberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Behavioral Disabilities and Educational Administration. He has had over 35 years of teaching and administrative experience working for the Whittier Union High School District in the area of Transition. In addition, Richard has been a faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles in the Education Department for the last 35 years. Richard has worked for a number of years with interagency systems change grants linking education, rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities services at the local, state, and national levels. Currently he is providing technical assistance to the Chapman University Thompson Policy Institute, CA Career Innovations and Project SEARCH. He has been a state trainer as well as a trainer with Partners in Policymaking and other training grants and opportunities. As well as his professional experience he is the Uncle/Father of a 31 year-old nephew / son with Autism and Down Syndrome. Dr. Rosenberg will be presenting Real World Transition Programming Leading to Competitive Integrated Employment, along with Linda O'Neal.

Linda ONeal HeadshotLinda O'Neal, M.A. is a transition specialist and consultant. Linda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from California State University Los Angeles. She has worked in the education field for 40 years and has experience teaching in grades K-12 as a General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher and Transition Specialist.  She is currently the Chair of the CU Thompson Policy Institute’s Transition Initiative. Additionally, she is a consultant for the Regional Center of Orange County supporting workforce development programs including Project Search. As a Program Specialist for San Diego State University Interwork Institute, she assists in writing, implementing and evaluating federal grants with a focus on career development for youth and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator/Program Specialist for three national grants including: the California PROMISE Initiative, California Career Innovations and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center. These programs focus on competitive integrated employment, career development and post-secondary education/training with a goal of promoting adult self–sufficiency and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Linda will be presenting Real World Transition Programming Leading to Competitive Integrated Employment, along with Dr. Richard Rosenberg.

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2020 Summary of Findings