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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.

Still Time to Register for Golf!...

Just Added!  Come out and meet some of the Laker Girls at the No-Name Golf Tournament!

Laker girls


WAPADH is once again calling on all golfers, friends of golfers and anyone who has ever seen a golf ball, to participate in the 18th Annual No-Name Golf Tournament, benefiting kids of all ages with disabilities.  The tournament will be held this year at Coyote Hills Golf Club in Fullerton on Thursday, May 28, 2015.  The $150 cost includes green fees, dinner and one ‘Helicopter Drop Ball’. Please click below for more information or a registration form!

Click here for a registration brochure or more information…






Help Fix the Funding System...

Keep the Promise to Protect People with Developmental Disabilities!petition image


The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act is a promise set into law by the state of California to protect the dignity and independence of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities face an uncertain future after a decade of cuts to community service programs in the state budget.  Fortunately, Senator Jim Beall has written a letter that supports a 10% across-the-board increase for developmental services.  The increase would serve as a stopgap measure to mitigate the current damage long enough for real reform to occur.

We’re asking California lawmakers to sign the letter and #KeepThePromise to people with developmental disabilities.

“Waiting is no longer an option. The system is in crisis and we must act now.”,   Senator Jim Beall, Jr.

Symposium 2015...

“My Voice, My Future…”

Supporting Communication


dancersRegister Now! West Coast Communication Symposium

July 23-25, 2015

Radisson Hotel Whittier

Whittier, CA


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In the Spotlight...

Staff spotlight - May 2015