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.
Our first virtual Gala successfully finished with delicious chicken tacos!
Thank you so much!
We thank all the speakers, guests, community partners, and sponsors for your generous support!
Sponsors: Bank of America, Edison International, Microsoft, Michelle Freridge/Asian Youth Center, Marilynn Fong/Linda Lau, Johnna Cho/Wonkoo Chang, Aki & Fumi Koh
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2020 Youth Leadership Institute October 25 – November 15
Due to the COVID-19, the 2020 APIDC Youth Leadership Institute was rescheduled to October 25, November 1, 8, and 15.
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.
We held 3 webinars addressing mental & physical health needs, financial stability, and ways to strengthen your immune system. You can view the recordings by selecting the links in the next section (COVID-19 Webinars).
Click here for additional resources that may be of help to you and your family. 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.
COVID-19 Webinars: Taking Care of Our Families & Ourselves
Our special COVID-19 webinars featuring specialists in health, finance, exercise, nutrition, and meditation, have concluded, but recordings can be viewed at the links below:
Click on webinar title to open YouTube and view the webinar video:
This webinar discusses 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
This webinar discusses financial guidance during COVID-19 and the ABLE Act, Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, a law that allows individuals with disabilities to have a tax-free savings account. Speakers: Phuong Nguyen, Senior Vice President, Asset Based Lending, Bank of America; Eun “Michelle” Cho, Financial Planner & Special Care Planner, MassMutual Greater Los Angeles
This webinar leads you through exercises that anyone can do at home and nutrition advice that helps your overall health. Speakers: Dan Oh, Exercise Consultant, Regina Park, Pilates Instructor; Jennie Wang, MS, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Emanate Health
Each webinar begins with a restful meditation session by Angela Oh, Gift of Compassion
This special webinar series is sponsored by Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC). 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
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.
Anxiety Resources for Campus Health (ARCH) Program
Anxiety Resources for Campus Health (ARCH) is a new program of Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) and with start-up funding by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) funds. The ARCH program endeavors to eliminate barriers and increase access to mental health services for young adults. ARCH supports language-specific, culturally sensitive services. Click here to find out more about ARCH.
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:
- 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 email@example.com. (APIDC is neither affiliated with Health Care Access nor a sponsor of this project.)
Thank 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.