CPAD Newsletter (March 2017)

CPAD LA Headquarter:

2017 Purchase of Service Training

Time: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10 am - 2 pm

Place: Asian Youth Center
100 Clary Ave,
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Wheeler, Fran Goldfarb

Come and find out Disparity Data in Regional Center POS (Purchase of Services), and How to work with RCs in Accessing Services. Do you know that many Regional Center’s Purchase of Services to minority communities are much lower than the mainstream disability community? The United States and California State government are now well aware of this disparity and given the directive to address this. Beginning 2017, Regional Centers (RCs) have added multicultural specialists and special projects to help minority communities in accessing services. RCs have now scheduled public Townhall meetings to obtain inputs from families and consumers (see attached flyer for details). (More...)

CPAD Orange County Chapter:

“ POS Disparity Issue ”

Time: March 18, 2017, Saturday, 2 pm to 4 pm

Location: OCAAC
225 W. Carl Karcher Way,
Anaheim, CA 92801

Speaker:  Scarlett K. vonThenen, SCDD

Kathleen McFarlin, RCOC

Ms. vonThenen of SCDD and Ms. Ms. McFarlin of RCOC will discuss the POS disparity issues that are reviewed in a public meeting at RCOC on March 15th. (More...)


CPAD Corner (March 2017)

CPAD LA Headquarter:

The beginning of the Year of the Rooster for CPAD was signified with the new addition of 4 new parent board members--Jackie Kuang, Jean Lin, Jenny Chiu and Leck Lee.  These 4 new young parent members, being bilingual in Cantonese/ Mandarin /English, join the CPAD Board in January 2017 with valuable skills, talents and experiences from working with other parents as well as in bringing up their own special needs loved ones. We welcome them and look forward to working with them in serving our CPAD families.

On 2/18/2017, CPAD head office hosted a Chinese New Year's Party at Capital Seafood restaurant in Monterey Park. There was a huge turnout! Both US Congresswoman Judy Chu and  State  Assemblyman  Ed  Chau were there to support the event and to give out awards to a few very special people, for their exceptional contribution to CPAD – Mrs. Tak Lee, Mr. Kenny Lee, Ms. Marie Peng, and Dr. Barbara Wheeler. CPAD also ran a successful fundraiser with raffle drawings and plant auctions. Everyone became a winner when the Fortune God delivered red packets of money or chocolates to each table. Congratulations for another success!  Our special thanks to all who participated, your generous donations, including the nice raffle prizes, and especially to those who volunteered for the event.

CPAD Orange County Chapter:

On 1/21/2017, Mr. Kenny Yu, CPA, parent of OC Chapter, gave parent information loaded talk in Tax.  Among them are: IHSS income is not subject to federal and California income taxes.  For both 2016 and 2017, maximum traditional IRA or Roth IRA contribution can be up to $5,500 annually ($6,500 if age 50 or older). Also, The IRS allows you to deduct qualified medical expenses that exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income for the year. All the above are for general information purpose.  Consult a tax professional for individual situation. (More...)