April/May 2021 Newsletter
From the Executive Director / Del Director Ejecutivo
Dear PCDA Community,

Spring is most certainly in the air, and we are eagerly and cautiously watching all the developments around us with hope, optimism, and patience.

We are also well into the month of April, which has recently been referred to as Autism Awareness Month. PCDA is joining the efforts of the autistic community and others to now move this awareness further, by considering April to be Autism Acceptance Month going forward. We celebrate neurodiversity and self-determination, and our guiding model of DIR/Floortime aligns well with these ideas.

Some of you will soon be joining us for our unique SpringO event, which will be good fun and a great way for families and folks in our community to connect and share joy together while we await increasingly safe conditions to continue to get closer. All while helping support PCDA!

As usual, we continue our work, and have much to share and celebrate!

Please enjoy our latest newsletter.

Christopher Perri, MS, LCSW
Executive Director
Estimada comunidad de PCDA,

Sin duda, la primavera está en el aire, y estamos observando con entusiasmo y caución todos los acontecimientos que nos rodean con esperanza, optimismo y paciencia.

También estamos en el mes de abril, al que recientemente se ha hecho referencia como el Mes de Concienciación sobre el Autismo. PCDA se une a los esfuerzos de la comunidad autista y otros para avanzar más en esta conciencia, al considerar que abril será el Mes de Aceptación del Autismo en el futuro. Celebramos la neurodiversidad y la autodeterminación, y nuestro modelo de DIR / Floortime se alinea bien con estas ideas.

Algunos de ustedes pronto se unirán a nosotros para nuestro evento único SpringO, que será muy divertido y una excelente manera para que las familias y la gente de nuestra comunidad se conecten y compartan alegría juntos mientras esperamos condiciones cada vez más seguras para seguir acercándonos. ¡Todo mientras ayuda a apoyar a PCDA!

Como de costumbre, continuamos nuestro trabajo, ¡y tenemos mucho que compartir y celebrar!

Disfrute de nuestro boletín más reciente.

Christopher Perri, MS, LCSW
Director Ejecutivo
Upcoming Dates and Events
April 2- World Autism Acceptance Day (April is Autism Acceptance Month)
April 4- Easter
April 11-17- Black Maternal Health Week
April 12- First Day of Ramadan
April 16- Day of the Black Infant
April 18-24- National Volunteer Week (April is Volunteer Month)
April 18- PCDA SPRING-O Event (3:45pm)
April 22- Earth Day
April 23- PCDA Noteables Choir Showcase (5pm)
May 9- Mother's Day
May 10- PCDA Young Actors Squad starts (sign up by May 7th)
May 11- Last Day of Ramadan
May 31- Memorial Day
Help PCDA create monthly calendars that celebrate the children and families we serve by sharing any holidays, cultural traditions, community events, etc. that are special and meaningful to you and your family!
Congratulations to PCDA
Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month
The rainbow infinity symbol, is the symbol for neurodiversity. The full spectrum of colors represents the diversity of the autism spectrum as well as the greater neurodiversity movement. PCDA works to recognize the unique capacities in every person, and helps our young clients and families find joy. Neurodiversity is about accepting that neurological conditions should not be seen as diseases, disorders, and deficits, but rather celebrated and respected as cultural and ethnic diversity would be.
Back by popular demand, PCDA’s virtual Bingo fundraiser, SRING-O on April 18th.  

check with development@pcdateam.org to see if there is still time to register

Programs and Services Highlights
Occupational Therapy
PCDA Clinical Director and OT, Julie Miller, dedicates her time providing leadership, support, and training to our clinical staff. In addition to the important roles she plays at PCDA, Julie also shares her years of experience and knowledge with occupational therapists and other professionals in the community- locally, nationally, and globally. This Spring, Julie will be a guest speaker at the following OT events:

April 8- AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Annual Conference with the AOTA Commission on Practice on the updates to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. The updated 4th edition was published in August 2020. 

April 23- Nebraska state occupational therapy conference.

May 1- Occupational Therapy Association of California's Townhall meeting. 
Creative Arts and Music Therapy

5:00 pm

For Zoom Link email
New Dates
The Young Actors Squad!

May 10th - Nov 15th
The Young Actors Squad is now recruiting for new members!

This program is great for teens from 13 to18 years old who like to play interactive games, develop characters and scenes, and are interested in making great friends.

Applications are due by May 7th. Ask about our scholarships!
Board of Directors Spotlight
Introducing Board Member Ada Arevalo
Ada Arevalo has been a member of PCDA’s board for almost two years, having joined in August of 2019. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Impact Capital, a real estate investment firm that invests in and alongside women and minority managers with impact and sustainability strategies. Ms. Arevalo also currently serves as the Board Chair at REĀL, Real Estate Association of Latinx Professionals, which is an organization focused on the visibility, advancement, and access to capital for Latinx professionals in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to founding Impact, Ms. Arevalo was the Chief Impact Officer at Alliant Strategic Investments and was also the VP of Fund Management at Avanath Capital Management. Ada’s background in real estate investments and finance has proven to be incredibly beneficial to PCDA through her work on our board.

Ada’s passion for PCDA began through first-hand experience, as a parent of a child who received early intervention services. She was introduced to PCDA almost ten years ago when other parents of special needs children recommended her to Dr. Diane Cullinane. Her son was diagnosed by Dr. Cullinane in 2013 and received services for a couple of years. She says, “The therapists were amazing. Our PCDA team was key in my son’s improvement and ultimate outcomes.”

Despite the demands of her work during these uncertain times, Ada manages to find time to live a balanced life. “Like everyone else, I do the best I can with what I have, and I look for the opportunities to allocate quality time among my many roles as CEO, mother, wife, daughter, teacher, family member and personal therapist!”

When asked about how she incorporates philanthropy into both her family and professional lives, she deemed it as essential. She says that it is vital “to support our values and those organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. It is part of paying it forward.” We are appreciative of Ada’s service to PCDA and all that she does to provide her for fellow client families.
Volunteer Spotlight
Volunteer Appreciation Week
Save The Date
Living Legacy

It's coming!

PCDA has entered our 25th year of service to Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles area, enabling tens-of-thousands of children and their families to create their own legacy and live richer, fuller lives.   
For this year’s gala we have incorporated some of the living, historical iconography of our area, peacocks, roses, ostriches, oranges, and succulents, to inspire and remind us that beauty is right outside our doors. It’s in the people who we surround ourselves with. It’s in our natural environment.  And it is in the way we care for each other and take care of what is meaningful.

We are so grateful to you and all those who will help us to provide a Living Legacy for our children, enabling them to create legacies of their own.

Please plan now to join us on September 25th, in celebration of
PCDA's Silver Anniversary.

Information and Resources for Families
See the Cat
A great book for beginning readers, a fun book for parents to read to, and another interactive picture book by David La Rochelle. Children will love this meta picture book where the entertaining dispute between the narrator and the dog continues through all three stories. If you would like to read another beginning reader meta book, check out Mo Willems’, “We Are In A Book.” Other popular books by La Rochelle include “Moo” and “It’s a Tiger!”
The Water Hole
The Water Hole by Graeme Base is a great book to build vocabulary, introduce comparatives, talk about what the animals are thinking, how the animals in the wild are dependent on the seasons, and play “I Spy” game to describe the animals and objects in the background.
This book is recommended for preschoolers, but animal loving older children can read them too.
Shining A Light on Autism Acceptance and Appreciation
Dr. Robert Naseef
Dr. Robert Naseef, psychologist, author, and parent, shares a special issue of his newsletter with intros and links to articles and videos that capture his evolving insights and reflections on his experiences as a father and a professional. 
Opportunities to Support PCDA
What's Your Plan?
Would you consider a planned gift for PCDA? This is an amazing way to leave your legacy, one of significant impact, and one that will resonant for
PCDA's next 25 years. 

Please contact development@pcdateam.org if you would like to learn more about what you could do now, or click on the button below for planned giving information.
PCDA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing children with developmental challenges and their families with the best possible programs. Your donations directly support children with special needs and their families. Thank you for your generous support!
Support PCDA Through Your Online Shopping!

Use Amazon? Consider making your purchases through smile.amazon.com.
During this time of national emergency, when many households are using online purchasing to help keep their families safe, we wanted to remind you that PCDA receives a charitable donation from Amazon Smile for every purchase made when you create and use an Amazon Smile account, or use your existing Amazon account but make your purchases through the Amazon Smile website. You get the same products, same prices and same service at Amazon Smile as you do on Amazon!

Amazon Smile donates a percentage of your purchase to PDCA when you take these simple steps before shopping:

  • Create an Amazon Smile account or simply log into your existing Amazon account at smile.amazon.com.
  • Once you, the customer, signs into your Amazon Smile account, you’ll be prompted to “Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.”
  • You will then be prompted to “Select a charity to start shopping.” Please type in “PCDA” so that your purchase will automatically be eligible for PCDA to receive a percentage of your purchase as a charitable donation.

That’s it! The Amazon Smile platform will take care of the rest. Once you check out, a percentage of your sale will automatically be directed to PCDA. Thanks so much for considering this option when you shop online. We’re very grateful for all support of our mission, and what it means for the children and families we care for.
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PCDA's Mission:
To profoundly impact the developmental outcomes of children with autism and other special needs through innovative multidisciplinary and family-centered therapeutic services, professional training, and outreach.