TPI Summit

2022 Summit on Disability and Inclusion

The Summit is TPI’s signature event that brings together current research and community partners to highlight best practices that improve the lives of people with disabilities by supporting inclusivity for all. The presentations during the Summit will appeal to self-advocates, families, educators, teacher education faculty, medical professionals, and service providers.

Expert Q & A Panel

Presenters: Arturo Cazares, Regional Center of Orange County; Kristin Brooks, Supporting Inclusive Practices; Megan Bomgaars, Self-Advocate; Kris Bomgaars, Parent and Former Teacher.

An expert panel presented closing thoughts and answered questions from attendees during the 2021 Summit on DisAbility and Inclusion on August, 11, 2021.

Families, Agencies, and Schools Together: Supporting Collaborative Relationships

Don’t Limit Me by Megan Bomgaars

Megan, a well-known self-advocate with Down Syndrome, presented the keynote address “Don’t Limit Me” to open the 2021 Summit on DisAbility and Inclusion. Megan is an artist, entrepreneur, published author, college student, and lead on the critically acclaimed show Born this Way on A&E.

Person Driven Planning

Person Driven Planning Training Video

Person Driven Planning – A Person-Centered Approach to Transition Planning.

This training video is a collaborative effort between the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability at Chapman University and The El Dorado Charter SELPA, made possible through a state grant provided by the California Department of Education’s Public Charter Schools Grant Program. Specifically, it falls under the Regional Technical Assistance and Coaching Sub-grant for the year 2023. You can find information about the RTAC grant on the California Department of Education website.

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) Meeting vs. IEP Meeting

Person Driven Planning to Address Individual Hopes and Dreams

Presenters: Richard Rosenberg, Ph.D. and Linda O’Neal, M.A.

The workshop covers agencies, mobility, education, recreation, work, and home life in Person Driven Planning.

Event Padlet (Information organized into sections such as slide deck, event flyer, conservatorship resources, brochures, websites):

November 17, 2021. 

Spirit League

Spirit League Introduction Video

Ask the OC Experts: Spirit League

Independent Living

Ask the OC Experts: Preparing to Live Independently with Support

Benefits Planning & Management

11-15-23 Benefits Planning to Support Competitive Integrated Employment

10-18-23 Cal ABLE

RCOC Family Workshop: Benefits Planning and Management

SSA Electronic Wage Reporting Options

This video provides information on how to electronically submit your wages to the Social Security Administration (SSA) through the Telephone Wage Reporting system, Mobile Wage Reporting application, and online using the mySocialSecurity portal. Users that are interested in utilizing any of the options mentioned in the video should contact SSA for more information.

Google Docs Link 

Ask the OC Experts: Work Incentives Planning & Assistance for Individuals Receiving SSI

Expert: Scarlett Von Thenen: Manager SCDD Orange County Office, State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) January 5, 2023

Special Interests

CBS News Video: Basketball Player with a Disability

Under the Lights: An Award Winning Epilepsy Film

Starring Pearce Joza and Alyssa Jirrels. Desperate to feel ‘normal’, Under the Lights is the award-winning story of a boy with epilepsy who goes to prom knowing that the lights will make him have a seizure.

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Microsoft Engineer: Success at Work Story

Work-Based Learning

Work-based Learning: Preparing for Meaningful Employment for All

Presenters: Richard Rosenberg, Ph.D. and Linda O’Neal, M.A.

May 26, 2022. 

Conservatorship & Alternatives

Conservatorship & Alternatives Panel Presentation

TPI is partnering with Regional Center of Orange County, Disability Rights California, and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities for a panel presentation that will discuss several viewpoints regarding conservatorship and alternatives. There will be time at the end of the presentation for the panelists to answer questions from the attendees.

Event Padlet (Information organized into sections such as slide deck, event flyer, conservatorship resources, brochures, websites): 

October 19, 2021.

Transition Planning

High Quality Transition Services: Birth through Life-Long Learning

Transition Services breakout session from the 2021 Summit on DisAbility and Inclusion on August 11, 2021.

Creating a Life of Possibilities

November 16, 2022

Presenters: Arturo Cazares, Director Community Services, Regional Center of Orange County Carlos Fonseca, Employment & Day Services Coordinator, RCOC Anita Kwon, Employment & Day Services Coordinator, RCOC
Also…Meet Persons Served by RCOC Who Have Achieved Success on the Job

Ask the OC Experts Zoom Conversations

Getting Familiar with Adults with Disabilities Programs at Santiago Canyon College

February 2, 2023

Expert: Chrissy Gascon: Interim Dean Adult Education Programs, Santiago Canyon College

Google Drive:

Goodwill of Orange County Preparing for Project SEARCH

November 3, 2022

Experts: Kathi Millett, Program Director, Goodwill of Orange County
Diana Nevarez, Program Manager, Project SEARCH, Goodwill of Orange CountyTransition.

RCOC Self-Determination Program

November 17, 2022

Expert: Cathy Furukawa, Self-Determination Program Coordinator, Regional Center of Orange County

Getting Familiar with Programs & Services at North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE)

January 19, 2023

Experts: April Fante – DSS Program Manager, NOCE
Kim Thompson – DSS Counselor, NOCE

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)

1-31-24 Securing & Retaining Employment

12-11-23 Competitive Integrated Employment