Breaking down barriers
faced by Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities
by providing information and education to the community,
training young adults to become advocates, and
connecting families to resources.
Fifth Annual Gala – Holiday Celebration!
Meet and mingle with other members of the APIDC community at our fifth annual Gala.The evening will include a silent auction, raffle, dinner, and recognition of our honorees: PlayStation, Gary & Linda Yamauchi, and Voices of Ability.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:00 pm – Reception & Silent Auction
(shop for your holiday gifts!)
7:00 pm – Dinner Program
617 S. Olive Street
downtown Los Angeles
2018 APIDC Honorees
We are pleased to announce Linda & Gary Yamauchi will receive APIDC’s Community Award for their exemplary leadership in supporting countless causes over the years. After a 30 year career with Southern California Edison, Linda has served as an appointed member on the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, the Executive Board of Little Tokyo Service Center, and the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. She has received many awards, including from the Greater Los Angeles YWCA and the LA County Commission on the Status of Women. Gary served on the Alhambra City Council since 2004, including as Mayor three times. The owner of Tri-Star Vending, he employs 25% of his staff from Homeboy Industries. Gary also has served on the boards of many nonprofits, including the Go For Broke National Education Center. He has also received numerous awards, including the Citizen of the Year Award from the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, through Gary and Linda’s leadership and guidance, APIDC sponsored a ground-breaking educational community fair to raise awareness about disabilities. The event, called “Walk N Roll”, was held at The Alhambra, with the generous support of developer Wayne Ratkovich.
The corporate award will be presented to PlayStation, which has endeavored to include consumers with disabilities in its products. PlayStation’s ground-breaking PS4 transformed the gaming experience for individuals with disabilities by providing the ability to completely redesign the controller options to fit each gamer’s needs, text to speech, inverse colors, closed captioning, high contrast, and text enlargement. These accessibility options opened the doors for those with muscular disorders, visual and hearing impairments, and many other individuals who faced difficulty accessing video games. In addition, PlayStation strives to develop games that are accessible to all gamers. PlayStation has been recognized for its accessibility endeavors on PS4 and its VR headset. Sony Interactive Entertainment holds annual major events concerning accessibility for its users. By putting accessibility on the forefront, PlayStation is constantly “making the impossible possible”.
The volunteer award will be presented to Voices of Ability, a student-founded and student-run disabilities advocacy organization at Arcadia High School.
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