CPAD Corner (January 2015)

CPAD Alhambra Headquarter

Gold Line Metro educational field trip - November 22, 2014, fifty (50) CPAD members gathered at Gold Line Metro stations in Pasadena and East Los Angeles for a great ride to the colorful Union station and then a short walk to the Chinese American Museum and Spanish Town. For many this was their first experience riding the metro, buying tickets or using their Access cards and learning how to board and exit the train safely. We were greeted at the Chinese American Museum by the Museum's Director and assistants and made to feel welcome. (More ...)

We are Moving - Starting from March 2015, CPAD will move to a new location, the address is:  Asian Youth Center, 100 Clary Avenue, San Gabriel, CA 91776 (626)-309-0622 (More ...)

CPAD Orange County Chapter: Workshop

November 15, 2014, CPAD Orange County Chapter - Attorney Andrew Greer of Law Offices of Liu & Naime gave us a talk on "Living Trust and Special Need Trust" in detail.  He talked about the importance of trustees and the possible candidates for trustees, such as relatives, sibling, banks, and fiduciaries.  Mr. Greer discussed the differences between first party and third party special need trusts and how they affect government benefits.  He also consulted several families individually on the trust issues and special education law issues.  Mr. Greer can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


CPAD Newsletter (November 2014)

CPAD Community Resource Center (CPRC):  Workshop

     Post-Secondary Options:  Services,
          Support & Employment Options

         Date: December 13, 2014, Saturday
                        1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

   Place: Community Health Education Center
                     261 Junipero Serra Drive,
                      San Gabriel, CA 91776

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Mr. Kevin MacDonald, CEO of the Arc Los Angeles & Orange County, will be speaking on options for people with developmental disabilities after High School and Employment Options. He will also take some time to explore how to navigate the Regional Center system as adults. Seminar will be held after Year End Party. (detailed information)

CPAD Orange County Chapter:  Workshop

       Living Trust, Special Needs Trust

         Date:   November 15, 2014, Saturday
                            2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

        Location:             OCAAC
                         225 W. Carl Karcher Way,
                             Anageim, CA 92801

Attorney Mr. Craig Liu will talk about the ins and outs of Living Trust and Special Needs Trusts. This topic is crucial for all families with special needs.  Let’s all come together to learn about this subject. (detailed information)


CPAD Corner (November 2014)

CPAD Alhambra Headquarter:       

2014 CPAD Activity Center Fundraising Campaign - September' 2014 has been a busy but exciting month for CPAD’s Activity Center Campaign, we have received donation from several community organizations which include: California Institute of Chinese Cultural Arts (CICPA), Alhambra Lions Club, Kiwanis Club Charity Golf Tournament "Serving the Children of the World" - Chino Hills, Penske Merceds-Benz Championship Golf Program - West Covina, and the Primo Entertainment Group of Los Angeles. Our many thanks to above supporting organizations, your donation help us to reach our 2014 Activity Center Fundraising Campaign goal. (detailed information)

CPAD Orange County Chapter :  Workshop

October 18, 2014, CPAD Orange County Chapter meeting – CPAD parent, Mr. Jacob Shen, gave us a talk in “Financial Planning Considerations”. He talked about general principle of financial planning – control what one can control and start now! Mr. Shen emphasized that the money that might be needed short term should not be put into the stock market; they can be put in bank saving, bank CD, short term bonds, floating rate bonds, or other higher yield instruments. Retirement saving should be put in Roth IRA if possible. Traditional IRA and 401(k) are options for people with W-2 income. People who have self-employment earnings have more options: Simple IRA, SEP IRA, Individual 401(k), and Pension Plan. Estate planning is another important component of financial planning. The living trust and special needs trust aspect of estate planning will be discussed in our November 15th seminar.


CPAD Newsletter (September 2014)

CPAD Community Resource Center (CPRC) - Workshops

  Secondary Transition Plan and Services        

                    October 7, 2014, Tuesday
                         9:30am - 11:30am

   Family Resource Center Conference Room
        1000 S. Fremont Ave, Ste. 6050, #35,
                       Alhambra, CA 91801

Speaker: Jackie Dai will be presenting on tran-sition services from special education to adulthood.  Come and get answers to your questions such as:

  “What are transition services?”, 
   “What is an ITP and what should be on there?” 
   “What options are available for me or my
     son/daughter after graduation with a
     certificate of completion or a diploma?”

Mrs. Dai received a Juries Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University. She is part of Disability Rights California's program called the Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy and has served as the Clients' Rights Advocate for consumers of Lanterman Regional Center and Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center.  She is currently the Clients' Rights Advocate for Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center consumers and enjoys working with consumers to help them gain access to justice.  For further information, please call Rose: (626) 315-8146.


CPAD Orange County Chapter - Workshop

              Special Education
        UCLA - “Pathway” Program
    & “Project Search” Job Internship
                   July 20, 2014, Saturday,
                        2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location:              OCAAC
                    225 W. Carl Karcher Way,
                         Anaheim, CA 92801
Speaker:   Vanda Yung, Li Lee, Stella Chow, 
     Josha Chen, Jenny Lee, Nanette Yung
                (Parents and Consumers)

CPAD parents and consumers sharing 2 years' experience at Pathway – UCLA program as well as the Project Search's job training / internship program at the UCLA Medical Center.


CPAD Corner (September 2014)

CPAD Alhambra Headquarter:

“Trans Pacific Ties-“Bridging Hong Kong and Los Angeles Through Arts” - On August 9, 2014, CPAD, Chinese American Museum (CAM) and Hong Kong's Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (東華三院/TWGH) has successfully launched the exciting and pioneering Trans Pacific Ties Art Exhibit with its opening ceremony event at CAM.  Transpacific Ties emphasizes the talents of two groups of artists separated by the Pacific Ocean but united in their shared passion for art. The ex-hibition, a highlight of the museum’s anniversary celebration, showcases the many ways in which the community cares for and empowers those with disabilities. 5 artists from TWGH’s Rehabili-tation’s idArt program along with their families and TWGH Board Chairman, Mr. Ivan Sze (施榮恆), and staff traveled more than 7,000 miles to share their art work, stories, and aspirations with CPAD artists, their families and the Los Angeles community.  

After the opening ceremony, on August 10th, 2014, Trans Pacific artists, families, staff and friends celebrated together at a gala celebration dinner event hosted by CPAD through dancing and singing.  The event truly demonstrated what this project is all about--showcasing the talents of the special needs community, bridging Hong Kong and Los Angeles disability communities not only through art, but also through caring and love, despite the challenges. CPAD wants to thank CAM staff, Dr. Gay Yuen (阮桂銘), CAM’s Board President, in being the catalyst and enabler in linking the Trans Pacific communities, and in making this Art Exhibit a success.

CPAD Orange County Chapter: Workshop

7/19/2014 CPAD Orange County Chapter – Mr. Larry Landauer, Executive Director of RCOC came to give us a talk on “Self Determination – Senate Bill 468”.  The bill would require the State Department of Developmental Services, contingent upon approval of federal funding, to establish and implement a state Self-Determination Program that would be available in every regional center catchment area to provide participants and their families, within an individual budget, increased flexibility and choice, and greater control over decisions, resources, and needed and desired services and supports to implement their IPP, in accordance with prescribed requirements. The statewide program would be phased in over 3 years, serving up to 2500 regional center consumers during the phase-in (pilot) period, and thereafter, available on a voluntary basis to all eligible regional center consumers.......