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August 20 - Collaborating for Mental WELLth in the Schools

Wooden blocks that spell Mental Health

Amy Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP and member of the Orange County Transition Initiative speaks about the rising number of individuals especially children and adolescents impacted by mental health. Griffiths believes that schools can play a major role in mental health prevention and intervention process and that the most effective way to do so is through collaborating for mental WELLth.

May 7 - 3rd Annual DisAbility Summit

Collage of the previous disability summit. Pictures include event speakers such as Dr. Don Cardinal

TPI hosts its 3rd Annnual DisAbility Summit

March 22 - Transforming Family: Foster Youth with Disabilities

Anne Steketee, blog post author

Anne Steketee, M.Ed., discusses the foster care transition system for young people with disabilities.

March 7 - Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Feature

Shayne Brophy
Meet Shayne Brophy who has an interest in how student's self-concepts are impacted by disability labeling.

February 22 - Perceptions of Disability in the Vietnamese American Community

Kim Dieu, blog post author 
Kim Dieu, educational psychologist at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Families and Schools Together) and doctoral student at Chapman University, discusses the different perceptions of disability within the Vietnamese American Community.

February 12 - TPI Graduate Research Assistant Feature

Sneha Kohli Mathur
Meet Sneha Kohli Mathur, who has a research focus on transition to adulthood for individuals on the spectrum.

January 22 - Person-First Language and What it Means to Me by Adriana Smith

Adriana Smith, blog post author

Adriana Smith shares her thoughts on the importance of Person-First Language.

Nov. 2, 2017 - Sarah Stup

Sarah Stup, blog post author
Sarah Stup, an author with autism, shares her thoughts on her educational journey and inclusion. 

Oct. 24, 2017 - Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.

Dr. Meghan Cosier 

The Thompson Policy Institute and the Attallah College of Educational Studies welcomes Dr. Meghan Cosier back to Chapman University!

Oct. 24, 2017 - Audri Gomez, Ph.D. 

Dr. Audri Gomez

Learn more about Dr. Audri Gomez, the new Associate Director at TPI, in her interview.

Oct. 13, 2017 – TPI Team at the Autism Center Gala

TPI team at the Autism Center Gala

Oct. 6, 2017 – Transition to Work by Linda O'Neal

Linda O'Neal, blog post author

Transition Specialist and long-time educator, Linda O'Neal, discusses the key factors in the transition to work process on TPI's blog. 

Oct. 3, 2017 – Don Cardinal – Million Dollar Club 

Don Cardinal, TPI director, with the Million Dollar Club award

Dr. Don Cardinal receives Chapman University's Million Dollar Club for his work. Read more about the Million Dollar Club.

Sept. 12, 2017 - Melissa Shang by Robert A. Slayton, Ph.D.

Robert Slayton, blog post author

In his blog, Robert Slayton, Ph.D. writes about Melissa Shang and her accomplishments. Melissa Shang is a 14-year-old author who was born with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. To learn more about Melissa Shang, read Slayton's article 

Aug. 27, 2017 – TPI team and friends with Bruno Serato at Caterina’s Club Red Carpet Gala 

TPI team with Bruno Serato

July 14, 2017 - A Wish for Authentic Disability Representation on Television to Continue
by Beth Haller, Ph.D.

Beth Haller, blog post author

Beth Haller, Ph.D. is one of the first mass communication scholars to study the representation of disability is mass media. She discusses the importance of authentic disability representation on television and its effects

May 2, 2017 – Stephen Hinkle’s standing ovation from the 2nd Annual Disability Summit

Stephen Hinkle's standing ovation

Keynote speaker, Stephen Hinkle, receives a standing ovation at TPI's 2nd Annual DisAbility Summit. Interested in Hinkle's work? Read his post, Pushing societal limits, on TPI's blog. 

May 3, 2016 – Inaugural Disability Summit and photo

TPI's 1st Annual DisAbility Summit Summary of Findings Report cover

TPI hosts its first ever Inaugural DisAbility Summit. Learn more about the DisAbility Summit.

Oct. 6, 2016 – Thompson Policy Institute announced

Don with Thompson family and check

William S. and Nancy E. Thompson Foundation donates $3 million to Chapman University to establish the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism.