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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.


2021 Youth Leadership Institute – Seeking Applicants 

We are now soliciting applications for the 2021 Youth Leadership Institute, which will be held on September 12, 19, and 26 (Sundays), 9am-3pm, via Zoom. 

APIDC’s Youth Leadership Institute trains young adults to become advocates for APIs with disabilities. We seek college students from all backgrounds and ethnicities who have a passion for empowering Asian and Pacific Islanders with disabilities. Participants are selected from a broad variety of backgrounds who show a strong potential to become future leaders. Featured presenters include:





  • Wendy Shiba, attorney and past president of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Barbara Kim, Vice Chair, Asian and Asian American Studies – CSULB
  • Trisha Murakawa, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Professional – Murakawa Communications
  • Hector Ochoa, Director of Public Policy – SCRS-IL, Commissioner-LA County Commission on Disability

The deadline for applying to the 2021 Youth Leadership Institute is August 15, 2021.  The Youth Leadership Institute is free of charge for students selected for this year’s program. The application requires two letters of recommendation and the completed online application.   Letters should be sent via email to Chester Hashizume, APIDC Administrator,

Click here for the application.

Questions? Email us at, or call us at (213) 207-6838.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Leadership Institute.


Save Asian Lives – Special Free Webinar

This special webinar provided an overview of ways in which community members can help stem the tide of anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate incidents/crimes. Originally broadcast April 8, 2021.

A woman holds a sign saying #stop asian hate. Event details are listed for Save Asian Lives, a special free webinar hosted by APIDC. The event is on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 from noon to 1:15pm

Save Asian Lives webinar recording


  • Intervention Strategies – what to do if you witness a hate crime
  • Legal Services for Victims – how to access legal help
  • Advocacy and Messaging – making our voices heard
  • Racial Harassment – prevention strategies for the workplace and campus
  • Creating Community – multi-ethnic, multi-generational, LGBTQ
  • Mental Health Services – including for children, the elderly, and women

Featured speakers:

  • Rose Gaw, Disability Services and Programs for Students Counselor, Rio Hondo College
  • Phil Lam, Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
  • Derek Li, Senior Trial Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Trisha Murakawa, Principal, Murakawa Communications; Trustee, El Camino College District Governing Board
  • Shelley Gee-Ryan, Alhambra Unified School District; Trustee, San Marino Unified School District Board of Education
  • Peter J. Wong, Adjunct Professor, Asian American Studies, California State University Long Beach
  • Christina Yang, General Counsel and Pro Bono Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
  • Leland Simpliciano, Professor, Los Angeles Harbor College, Group Lead for the Asian and Pacific Islander Staff Faculty Affinity Group for 9 colleges within the LA Community College District.
  • Special guest panelist: Representative from Atlanta AAPI community – BJay Pak, former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Moderator: Patricia Kinaga, Chair, APIDC

Community resources on Asian hate crime/incident are available here.

Save the Date for our Annual Gala

Saturday November 13 at 6:00PM
Stay tuned!


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

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Checks can be sent to:

905 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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.  Renee Te has joined our growing staff in response to the high level of interest expressed by our college partners. For more information, contact Mark Matsui at