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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.


Watch APIDC’s 2021 Virtual Gala here.

Broadcasted from Honolulu, Los Angeles, & Boston

Featuring graduates of APIDC’s Youth Leadership Institute

Jen Len, mixologist, MW Restaurant, Honolulu

Anthony Phillips, Master Chef, Hotel Kaimana, Waikiki


We wish to thank our generous supporters:
Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors
Larry Cole & Linda Lau
Marilynn Fong

Bronze Sponsors
Daphne Kwok/AARP

Johnna Cho/Wonkoo Chang
Nathan Sugimoto
Friends of Patricia Kinaga & Peter Wong

Community Sponsors

Michael Enomoto / (Asian American Architects/Engineers Association)

Gene & Vickie Kanamori

Mark Matsui

Special Thanks:
Jen Len and MW Restaurant
Chef Anthony Phillips, Hau Tree Restaurant, and Kaimana Hotel
Samantha Chen
John Chiang
Deana Chuang
Justin Eddy
Cynthia Gouw
Shaz Hassan
Bruce Ishimatsu
Gene Kanamori
Dan Kao
Akiko Koh
Debbie & Mike Madokoro
Anne Manalili
Irene Nakamura
James Okazaki & Linda Wah
Marissa Salvati
Candace & Ken Watase
Mary Wong


You can support us through a tax-deductible donation to APIDC:

Click Here to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation (credit card) to APIDC

Click Here to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation (Paypal) to APIDC


Checks can be sent to:

905 E. 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021


Congratulations to our 2021 Youth Leadership Institute Graduates!

APIDC is proud to announce the 2021 graduating class of its annual Youth Leadership Institute!

Clockwise from top Left: Melissa Chow, Connecticut College;  Kelvin Chau, UCLA; Angela Zhu, PCC, entering Cal State Fullerton; Shruti Rajkumar, Emerson College (Boston)

YLI students received information about the Asian American and disability rights movements; research on APIs with disabilities, an update on strategies to address anti-Asian hate, APIDC’s college campus program to support students experiencing anxiety, public speaking tips, writing effective resumes, how to put your best image forward during job interviews, dispute resolution skills, the importance of positive media images, how to create a realistic budget on a college student income, and finding your career path. Special presentations were also offered on breathing, yoga and meditation, and the True Colors personality paradigm (for understanding self and others).

APDIC is grateful for the generous expertise shared by our panelists:

Kenna Chic, Johnna Cho, Jackie Dai, Rick Eng, Rose Gaw, Annie Haga, Kristen Higa (YLI alumnus), Christina Kataoka (Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center), Barbara Kim, Patricia Kinaga, Millie Kronsteiner (The Nielsen Company), Raymond Kwong (YLI alumnus), Derek Li, Mark Matsui, Brian McGrath (YLI alumnus), Trisha Murakawa  (Murakawa Communications), Phuong Nguyen (Bank of America), Hector Ochoa, Timothy Saito, Rene Te, Peter Wong

Additional support from Tho Vinh Banh, Wendy Shiba, & Nicole Wong.

The YLI program is possible through the generous support of Bank of America, Southern California Edison, individual donors and community partners.

For more information about YLI and to apply for the 2022 YLI, go here.


All of Us Research Program


As a National Community Engagement Partner in the All of Us Research Program, Asian Health Coalition established the Asian Engagement and Recruitment Core (ARC) with 17 community-based organizations from across the US and 2 national Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI)-serving partner organizations. Together, ARC helps to shape and implement the All of Us strategy and roadmap to create culturally appropriate, cost-effective, and scalable education and outreach for AANHPIs.

Support APIDC & Buy a Face Mask

The CDC has announced that double masking is highly recommended and can filter out 92% of particles. You can stay safe and support APIDC by buying our custom-designed masks, that come in Adult Teal/Peacock, which also come with a handy black lanyard. The colorful and stylish masks make wonderful gifts for friends and family.

Click Here to Order Face Masks

We would deeply appreciate your support!  Proceeds from our masks sales benefit our ARCH (Anxiety Resources for Campus Health) program. ARCH will be offering on-line mental health programming for students with disabilities at area colleges this spring semester. Programming will include Stress Management, Mindfulness, Burnout, and Self-Care. Participating campuses include Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, Citrus College and East Los Angeles College. For more information, contact Mark Matsui at