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Welcome to WAPADH!

Founded in 1969, the Whittier Area Parents’ Association for the Developmentally Handicapped (WAPADH) is a private, non-profit organization that supports individuals with a variety of lifelong disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down’s syndrome and related medical and/or behavioral disorders. Our history of achievements is the result of strong community and family support and an organizational culture that continually seeks to remove barriers and change the limiting cultural stereotypes long associated with this population. WAPADH currently serves people in the Southeast Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley and North Orange County areas.

Open Sky for Autism Flies Again...

OSFA-logoDear Friends:

Open Sky for Autism will be taking flight on March 7, 2015.  Air Hollywood and WAPADH are excited for our next experience!  The program is designed for individuals with Autism, and their families, to help rediscover the confidence, comfort, and enjoyment of air travel!

Open Sky for Autism allows for vital acclimation, repetition, and supervision during a commercial airport and passenger flight simulation.  WAPADH, with the support of volunteers, will be providing expert, hands-on assistance at each of our stations ensuring a safe, educational experience.

We invite you and your family to join us for this special event.  To make your reservations for March 7, 2015, please go to  You will be directed to our reservation site to make your reservations and payment.  There is a (non-refundable) charge of $10 per person.  Lunch is provided as well as this amazing experience!

We look forward to seeing you on March 7, 2015!


Talat Captan
Air Hollywood, Founder and CEO

Our Shining Stars!...

Staff Spotlight - January 2015

SFS Firefighters Give Back...

‘Blazing Tees’ Golf Tournament Nets Donation for WAPADH

photo with checkBy Christina Ledesma

The Santa Fe Springs Firefighters are an active organization in our community that not only gives back to our community through their job, but also off the job as well. This year the organization held their first annual Blazing Tees Charity Golf Tournament at the Candlewood Country Club in Whittier. According to Firefighter and Blazing Tees Chairman, TK Hamada, non-profits in the local area were invited to submit a proposal about their organization. The fire fighters then met as a committee and selected WAPADH as a recipient. “As fire fighters, we like to help others out and join up with someone else that loves to do pretty much what we love to do.” said Hamada. (read more)

Mark Your Calendars...

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Free Communication Workshops are Back!...

Iowa FC pictureWAPADH offers monthly opportunities for individuals and their families or service providers to come in and brainstorm communication needs.  We can discuss equipment, strategy, communication skills and social skills.  Volunteers will assist you in thinking outside of the box.  You are welcome to come one time, or every month.  We only ask that you MAKE A RESERVATION ahead of time as we limit our list to the number of volunteers that we have each month so that we can meet your needs.

For a reservation contact Cheyanne at 562-946-0467 ext. 107. For a list of future dates, click here.

Coming Next Summer...

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