Vision and Values

We believe in inclusivity for all.

We believe our position in the field is to improve the profession through education, training, and dissemination of effective practices discovered through research.

We believe in science and the systematic gathering and analysis of data to inform our work.

We believe in collaborative innovation as the means to adapting cutting-edge practices to the unique needs of schools, agencies, and families, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

We believe in presuming competence of individuals while creating innovative and effective learning environments.

We believe in organizational strength, so our efforts can be focused on serving people rather than on organizational matters.

We believe, through these values, TPI will become a preeminent source of innovation for adapting cutting-edge practices in schools and agencies.


The Thompson Policy Institute engages in technical assistance and research to improve the lives of people with disabilities and, in doing so, improve life for all of society. We accomplish this by creating new knowledge and innovative solutions through our work and by disseminating these findings through technical assistance and written reports to the field.

Community Partners

TPI is involved in many research and project-based collaborations and partnerships. These collaborative efforts are an important component of many TPI activities, including conducting research, disseminating critical information to key stakeholders, and supporting community-wide change.

Partners shown above: William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation; Chapman University Attallah College of Educational Studies; The California State University; California Council on Teacher Education; Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR Center); Dayle McIntosh Center; Department of Rehabilitation (DOR); Regional Center of Orange County (ROCC); Orange County Department of Education (OCDE); Multi-Tiered System of Supports (OCDE); Goodwill of Orange County; Machine Learning and Assisitive Technology (MLAT); Padres Unidos; Project SEARCH High School Transition Program; Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University; IATSE Local 504; WestEd; Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Education Center (SWIFT); The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s; Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders at University of Missouri; TLC Public Charter School; UCI Center for Statistical Consulting; Easterseals of Southern California; Children & Families Commission of Orange County; California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)