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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.

Summer Communication Trainings Continue…...

summer ipadWAPADH’S Communication Department is offering a series of trainings this summer ranging from ‘Setting Up Your iPad’ to one-day workshops in Supported Communication.  For more information or to register, please click the link, or call the Communication Services Department  562-946-0467 ext. 106…  Hope to see you this summer!

Summer Communication Training 2014

WAPADH and FC in Iowa...

Iowa FC pictureThe end of June found Darlene Hanson, WAPADH’S Director of Communication Services, on a road trip to the Midwest…The University of Northern Iowa to be exact.  Darlene was a presenter at the 2014 Midwest Summer Institute  and made a huge impact with attendees.  Click the link below to read the full story from the WCF Courier in Iowa.

Disabled Find a Voice via Facilitated Communication

Syracuse University’s 2014 Autism Summer Institu...

syracuse summer logoSyracuse University’s 2014 Autism Summer Institute

July 28 – 30, 2014
For more information: Click here
Each year, the Syracuse University School of Education’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) and The National Center on Inclusive Education at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Institute on Disability co-sponsors the Autism Summer Institute in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). The annual Summer Institute is an educational and engaging journey, with workshops, presentations, panels for parents, FC users, educators, and more.

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Summer Communication Sale...

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Free Communication Workshops Are Back!...

IMG_2034WAPADH 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. 106. For a list of future dates, click here.

Each session is one hour with two time blocks available. Workshops are FREE!

Consumer Spotlight – July...

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