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Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

Giving a voice and face to Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities
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.

Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) gives a voice and a face to Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. We seek to help break down the service and cultural barriers faced by APIs with disabilities, to provide knowledge to APIs with disabilities and their families, and to create a community network for empowerment and independence.

Key to our mission is the development of the next generation of leaders — youth with disabilities.

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In Memory of
Kelvin Chau

It is with heavy heart that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague Kelvin Chau. Kelvin was a 2021 graduate of APIDC's Youth Leadership Institute and at the time of his passing, worked as a Program Coordinator for APIDC.

Kelvin was a Los Angeles native who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. He graduated from Pasadena City College, summa cum laude, in 2021, and was the recipient of numerous scholarships, honors and awards. He was a proud first-generation transfer student at UCLA where he majored in Nursing with a double minor in Global Health and Public Health. Kelvin's desire to become a nurse stemmed from his lived experiences as a young adult leukemia patient and survivor. He hoped to provide the same compassionate care he received while serving as a source of education, healing, and inspiration for others battling cancer.

As a Program Coordinator for APIDC, Kelvin implemented community outreach strategies to increase AANHPI representation in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program database for their Precision Medicine Initiative. He was also a key support on the V-Protect Access Campaign to address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation among the elderly and disabled members of the AANHPI community. Kelvin was a dedicated, supportive and collaborative colleague and an eloquent speaker, who generously and openly shared his knowledge and life experience with others.​


In his spare time, Kelvin enjoyed exploring nature and wildlife, trying out new food restaurants and pop-ups, and rooting for his Los Angeles sports teams.​


We will greatly miss Kelvin and his compassionate heart and bright light.

Programs & Resources

All of Us Program

A project in collaboration with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to increase AAPI presence in medical research.

Youth Leadership Institute

APIDC’s Youth Leadership Institute trains young adults to become advocates for APIs with disabilities

Statewide Conferences

Since 1999, APIDC has convened major conferences in California to address the needs of API’s with disabilities.


APIDC has partnered with API organizations across the country to provide free special community information webinars of current interest.

Information Resources

APIDC has partnered with API organizations across the country to provide community information resources of interest to API communities.


All of Us Research Program

View ABC7 Story on the All of Us Research Program and how APIDC is reaching out to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities to recruit participants for this groundbreaking study

APIDC has been invited by the national health-focused organization Asian Health Coalition (AHC) to join a national ground-breaking effort to develop culturally appropriate, cost-effective strategies to improve the health of Asians and Pacific Islander Americans. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, APIDC has been selected as one of several subgrantees from throughout the country to develop an outreach program.

For more information about this NIH Initiative, also known as the All of Us Research Program, and how you can participate, please visit their website at or click on the Learn More button below.

Congratulations to our 2022 Youth Leadership Institute Graduates!

APIDC is proud to announce the 2022 graduating class of its annual Youth Leadership Institute!

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Clockwise from top left:

Nicole Kaiwi, Cypress College

Soe Paing, College of San Mateo

Aaron Nhan, Pasadena City College

Gerard Paul Mangubat, Oxnard College and Moorpark College

Youth Leadership Institute Graduate

“The YLI gave me the skills that helped me become more successful at community inclusion… I’m continuing to learn about our history and the importance of unity.”


2016 Youth Leadership Institute Graduate

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