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APIDC: Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

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.



Free Covid-19 Webinars

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Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California cordially invites you to three free special COVID-19 webinars featuring experts in health, finance, exercise, nutrition, and meditation:

  • Monday, June 29, 6PM: Addressing your Mental and Physical Health Needs During COVID-19: this webinar will discuss strategies to address anxiety, health insurance that may be impacted by COVID-19, and tips on addressing your general health needs during the pandemic.  

Speakers: Vanessa Gallardo, MSW, APIDC Project ARCH Program Coordinator; Jackie Dai, Supervising Attorney, Health Consumer Center, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County; Dr. Lily Lai, Surgical Oncologist, City of Hope

  • Tuesday, June 30, 6 PM: Financial Stability: Riding the Pandemic

 Speakers: Phuong Nguyen, Senior Vice President, Asset Based Lending, Bank of America; Eun “Michelle” Cho, Financial Planner & Special Care Planner, MassMutual Greater Los Angeles

  • Wednesday, July 1, 6 PM: Strengthening Your Immune System: Keeping Active & Eating Right

 Speakers: Exercise Consultant Dan OhJennie Wang, MS, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Emanate Health

Each webinar will begin by a restful meditation session by Angela Oh, Gift of Compassion

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We will be broadcasting live each panel discussion via a platform that will allow for foreign language interpretation. The program will also be accessible to Deaf persons.  

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This special webinar series is sponsored by Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC). APIDC is an educational and advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the often invisible population of Asians and Pacific Islanders with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. APIDC’s programming includes an annual Youth Leadership Institute for college students, statewide conferences bringing together young adult consumers, parents, social service agencies, educators, community members, and elected officials, a new mental health assistance campaign (called ARCH) on college campuses, and special educational outreach programs.

Co-sponsoring community organizations: Asian Youth Center, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled, Japanese American Bar Association, Japanese Speaking Parents Association of Children with Challenges, Korean American Bar Association, Korean American Special Education Center, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Orange County Japanese American Association, Organization of Chinese Americans-Greater Los Angeles, Vietnamese Parents with Disabled Children Association

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Chinese American Citizens Alliance LogoChinese Parents Association LogoJapanese American Bar Association logo

Japanese Speaking Parents Association of Children with Challenges logoKorean American Bar Association logoKorean American Special Education Center logo EducationKoreatown Youth and Community Center logo


Orange County Japanese American Association


Organization of Chinese Americans - Greater Los Angeles logoVietnamese Parents with Disabled Children Association

Funding support for the webinars series provided by Bank of America, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and Edison International; webinar platform provided by support from Microsoft.

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Introducing ARCH Talks

APIDC’s new Pilot Program ARCH (Anxiety Resources for Campus Health) has begun hosting support groups addressing the stress and anxiety that may appear during COVID-19’s ‘Safer at Home Order’. These sessions are open to all individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 25 who may be experiencing stress and/or anxiety. Fell free to sign up for as many support groups as you would like. Click here to sign up for support groups.

Health Care Access Project – Paid Focus Group

Here is an opportunity that may be of interest to you: the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS OMH) is currently seeking participants for their Health Care Access Project. 

CMS OMH is looking for individuals with both a physical disability and native-level fluency in one of the following languages: 

  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Haitian Creole

Participants will be asked to review and provide feedback on educational materials during a 45-minute interview, conducted by phone and/or a web-based conferencing platform. All participants who complete the interview process will receive a $40 Visa gift card. If you are interested, please reach out to Anne Cohn via email at (APIDC is neither affiliated with Health Care Access nor a sponsor of this project.)

2020 Youth Leadership Institute postponed until June

Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 APIDC Youth Leadership Institute will be postponed. We expect to re-schedule for June, and will publish specific dates as soon as they’re available. We are still accepting applications. Read more about the Youth Leadership Institute.

Coronavirus Resources

APIDC understands the uneasiness that may come when dealing with COVID-19. As we address the outbreak of COVID-19, APIDC extends both empathy and support during such uncertain times.

In addition to our upcoming free webinars, here are many resources that may be beneficial to you and your families. Click here for a list of rights and resources identified by APIDC. As new resources come our way, we will continue to update our website for your convenience. The list is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by APIDC. APIDC is not responsible for the content or services provided by any of the organizations listed.


Grant Awarded

Allstate Foundation logoThank you to an Allstate volunteer for empowering people and our community. Anne Haga gave her time and helped us to receive a $500 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant. The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to help communities thrive.

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