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.......


CPAD Newsletter (July 2014)

CPAD Community Resource Center (CPRC) - Parent Support Workshop

         Village Pot-Luck Meeting        

         August 23, 2014, Saturday
               12:00 noon - 1:45pm

           First Christian Church of Alhambra
                       220 South 5th Street,  
                       Alhambra, CA 91801

Bringing up special needs children is very difficult for their family.  If “it takes a village to bring up a child” for the regular kids, then this is even more so for the special needs children and their family. In this Villagers’ Luncheon meeting, every parent will have the opportunity to ask questions and sharing on how to work with the Regional Center resources creatively faced with the future issue of “Self-Determination”.  Please bring one of your favorite dish to share.  

After the Villagers' Luncheon, we will have an IEP workshop (from 2pm to 4pm) which  will be presented by Brigitte Ammons, a strong child advocate and particularly focus on parent training in the area of special education, a senior advocate with Disability Rights California (DRC) over 20 years.  “Developing an Effective IEP” Workshop is for parents having 3-18 year old kidsMs. Ammons will take us through the three parts of an IEP meeting: before, during, and after meeting. You will learn strategies for a successful meeting, well written goals, how to ensure implementation of the iEP, and what you can do when problem occurred in the implementation?

CPAD Orange County Chapter - Workshop

   Regional Center of Orange County

                   July 19, 2014, Saturday,
                        2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location:  Orange County Adult Acttvity Center
                   225 W. Carl Karcher Way,
                       Anaheim, CA 92801
   Speaker:      Mr. Larry Landauer
                  Executive Director of RCOC

Come and meet Mr. Landauer, the Executive Director of Orange County Regional Center.  Ask questions that you have always wanted to ask about RCOC services!


CPAD Corner (July 2014)

CPAD Alhambra Headquarter:

CPAD Cantonese Song/Opera Fundraising Love II - On June 14, 2014, CPAD host a second Cantonese Opera fundraising event for raising funds to build its Activity Center. Honorable Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Ed Chou, and Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong presented at the event to show support. They commended all the participants, local cantonese opera fanciers and the artists who came all the way from oversea to support this event. At evening, CPAD hosted a fundraising dinner party at local restaurant. The guests were entertained by ”CPAD's Youth Choir”. Total of funds raised is $88,388.

This year's Activity Center building funds has been raised nearly $90,000. Event Coordinator, Tak Lau and CPAD members sincerely thank all those who contribute to this event. For their loving support, our dream of building Activity Center took a step forward. CPAD is a non-profit organization with goals to help kids and adults with special needs to maximize their potential, so they can live meaningful life.

Fundraising dinner party 2014

CPAD Orange County Chapter: Parent Support Meeting

On May 11, 2014 “Emergency Preparedness” workshop - Speaker Dr. R.J. Feng showed us the crucial items for survival, such as fire starter, water storage, food storage, first aid bag.  He pointed out that a person can survive 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 hours in extreme temperature conditions, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.  To fight for survival, concentrate on surviving each hour, that will bring you to the next hour!  Dr. Feng encourages parents to prepare a bug-out bag, a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for 72 hours, when evacuating from a disaster.