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. 


CPAD Newsletter (May 2014)

CPAD Community Resource Center (CPRC) -  workshop

              Parents Sharing Day

Special Education, UCLA “Pathway” program
     & “Project Search” Job Internship
           June 28, 2014, Saturday
              12:00 noon - 2:00pm

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

Dear Parents and Friends, CPAD had a very encouraging meeting at the ‘Regional Center - Self-Determination’ Workshop on May 3, 2014. There were a lot of great sharing and interchange of valuable resources/experiences among our new and old parents.  

To follow-up on parents' sharing and concerns from the May 3rd Workshop, we will be having a parents pot-luck lunch meeting on 6/28/2014 (Saturday). We welcome parent to join us and share your experiences and concerns. 

On that day, in addition to the discussion of Special Education, Mrs. Li Lee, CPAD parent, will also be sharing her experience regarding her daughter, Jenny’s 2 years' experience at Pathway – UCLA program as well as the Project Search's job training / internship program at the UCLA Medical Center. 

For pot-luck – please bring one dish to share.


CPAD Orange County Chapter - Workshop

    “Emergency Preparedness”

    May 17, 2014, Saturday
 2:00 pm - 4:00pm

  Orange County Adult Achievement Center
    225 W. Carl Karcher Way,
        Anaheim, CA 91801

             Speaker:  Dr. J. Feng, Parent

We do not know when or where emergency will strike.  But each of us can certainly prepare for it. As a minimum, we need to prepare for the several days immediately following an emergency. We’ll learn what resources we need for our survival, such as fire, water, first aid kit, and food. This is not a complete list by any measure, but a good starting point.  Let’s act now! 



CPAD Corner (May 2014)

CPAD Alhambra Headquarter:

CPAD Hotline (626)-307-3837 - Good news! Our CPAD Hotline now has a new set-up to accommodate tri-language (English, Mandarin and Cantonese) needs of our members, families and community friends.  Callers will be referred to the respective language parent advocate.  Please feel free to call us through the Hotline, we will respond to your questions/concerns in regarding Special Education and related resources/services as much as we can.

Hakka Foundation Sponsors CPAD Saturday Program's Activities - In March 2014, Hakka Foundation Chairman, Mr. K.K. Hsu & wife, and Secretary, Mr. Frank S. Wu came to visit CPAD. They met with our Board members to get a general understanding of CPAD's operations; they also observed children in class.  After another on-site visit, Mr. Frank Wu informed CPAD that Hakka Foundation has decided to donate $10,000 to endow CPAD Saturday Program's activities, and on May 2, he personally handed the check to CPAD President, Mrs. Yung.  On behalf of CPAD, we would like to offer up our most sincere gratitude to Hakka Foundation to thank them for their compassion/care to the disadvantaged group.

Book Press Release and Donation - On April 3, 2014, Evergreen Bookstore Founder, Mr. Bing Liu, held a Book Press Release, and charitable donation event on his new book, “Leisure Talks in the Art Scene (閒話藝壇)”. More than 100 Southern California arts and cultural artists, and local community members attended the event. Event was hosted and led by famous epicure, Miss Teresa Lin.  Guests have fervently outpoured their donation to the book!  Mr. Liu autograph his new book to his guests and donated all proceeds, a total of $3,000, to “CPAD Activity Center Fund”. On behalf of CPAD, president, Vanda Yung presented an award in appreciation to Mr. Liu's generosity and support!

CPAD Orange County Chapter:

2014 CPAD Model Mother - This year, CPAD has elected, OC Chapter's parent, Mrs. Ying Lee as CPAD Model Mother, she will represent CPAD to be recognized at Joint Chinese University Alumni Association of Southern California, on Sunday, May 11, 2014.  After Mrs. Lee's daughter, Hana, was diagnosed with severe autism, her family immediately facing financial problem, and crisis of marriage.  But, she was not discouraged, alone she raised up her children with Christian values, with thanksgiving in mind to face problem impact the family.  Her son, Kevin, is studying Psychology. He loves his sister very much, and enjoys being a volunteer at OC Chapter, and strives to serve the “special needs people” in the future.  Congratulation, Mrs. Lee!  You deserved to be recognized as Model Mother.