Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) gives a voice and a face to Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. We seek to help break down the service and cultural barriers faced by APIs with disabilities, to provide knowledge to APIs with disabilities and their families, and to create a community network for empowerment and independence.
Key to our mission is the development of the next generation of leaders—youth with disabilities.
APIDC’s festive Fourth Annual Gala on November 18, 2017 at the Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, celebrated our inaugural Walk N Roll Disability Awareness Fair in October, and recognized Wendy Shiba as recipient of our inaugural Volunteer Award.
First Walk n Roll Disability Awareness Fair
APIDC held it’s first Walk n Roll Disability Awareness Fair, a festive community fair in celebration of Disability Awareness Month, on October 15 at The Alhambra. This first of its kind event featured educational activity booths designed and staffed by APIDC’s Youth Leadership Institute graduates, entertainment by people with disabilities, resource tables, food vendors, and a fun Walk/Run sponsored by local bar associations and community organizations.
APIDC will be hosting its 6th Statewide Disabilities Conference at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, October 5-6, 2018.
Our conferences have focused on ways to educate not only Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities and their families on how to better access resources, but also to educate health providers on the specific barriers facing APIs with disabilities, to ensure the provision of culturally competent health systems.
The 2016 Conference (see 2016 Program Brochure) involved 19 breakout sessions, over 90 speakers, 32 exhibitors, and over 200 attendees each day. Highlights of the Conference included keynote remarks by consumers with disabilities, the post graduate accomplishments of the Youth Leadership Institute graduates, and 8 elected officials who participated in a town hall style “listening session” where they learned first-hand from consumers about the challenges facing Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities.
For more questions about the Conference, please contact Johnna Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Youth Leadership Institute
APIDC’s Youth Leadership Institute is aimed at training people to become advocates for APIs with disabilities. We seek young adults from all walks of life and ethnicities who have a passion for empowering APIs with disabilities.
The Youth Leadership Institute focuses on a combination of developing grassroots leadership skills and providing a safe space for mutual sharing and learning. Participants are selected from a broad variety of backgrounds who show a strong potential to become future leaders.
Our 2017 Youth Leadership Institute concluded its last session on May 7, with 4 graduates.
Items of Interest
- 10 Things to Know about the ADA and Beyond
- On Stage and With Pageants, Jennifer Kumiyama is Improving Life for People With Disabilities
- Asian Pacific Americans With Disabilities: Our Stories, Our Lives – an informal survey conducted by the Disability Visibility Project
- Webinar: Becoming the Healthiest Nation: Addressing the Social Determinants of AAPI Health
- Research Study – The Safety Project for People with Intellectual Disabilities
- Congress Passes the ABLE Act