» Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

Founded in 2015, Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability strives to impact policy by reducing barriers limiting access to learning, living and working, and the pursuit of a complete and quality life.

To accomplish this goal, the TPI assesses research and acts on the critical issues facing people with disabilities, as well as their families, support communities and the agencies that work on their behalf. TPI research outcomes are shared regularly throughout the year and summarized annually at the DisAbility Summit at Chapman University.

The work of the Thompson Policy Institute is to propose real-world solutions to these barriers and disseminate ideas, policies, and practices to those who have influence over the lives of people with disabilities. These “influencers” include individuals with disabilities, their families, policy-makers, care-givers, professionals, and even the general public who control the perception of disability and ability.

Please visit our Policy page to learn more about the Thompson Policy Institute’s annual DisAbility Summit.

If you would like to stay connected, please send us an email at tpi@chapman.edu to be added to our mailing list.

DisAbility Summit

DisAbility Summit

The DisAbility Summit is our signature research conference, now in its third year. The Summit provides a key platform for research presentation, policy change, professional services networking and community building. Free to attendees, the conference is open to not only educators, researchers and policy makers, but also to families and individuals, as well as students seeking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the world of disability. Learn more about the Annual DisAbility Summit by visiting our Policy page

Our Stakeholders

Our Stakeholders

Our work feeds decisions-makers at all levels. If a group makes decisions that will impact disability issues, they are stakeholders. These groups range from legislators to school-agency leaders to families and those with disabilities. Learn more about our stakeholders.