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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
Lillibeth Navarro

We are heartbroken over the passing of Lillibeth Navarro, Founder and Executive Director of Communities Actively Living Independent & Free. Lillibeth was a long-time supporter of APIDC and a powerful and influential leader, advocate and activist in the disabilities community. She was the keynote speaker at our 2016 Statewide Conference, captivating the audience with her wit, words and passion. She was also enthusiastic about cultivating the new generation of community leaders and moderated our Youth Panel. She will be greatly missed.

APIDC is now accepting applications for
the Youth Leadership Institute! 

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 9 PM PST, 11 PM CST, midnight EST
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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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