News, Tips & More for January - February
From the Executive Director / Del Director Ejecutivo
Dear PCDA Community,

We would like to wish all our families, friends, and supporters a hope-filled new year.

It is an honor and privilege to write to you as we begin PCDA’s 25th year of providing extraordinary service to the greater Los Angeles community and beyond!

We are here 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.

Despite the ongoing obstacles and uncertainties, this will be a year to celebrate all that we have accomplished, and to position ourselves to continue our mission for the next 25 years, and onward.

We can and will endure.

We value our connection with you, and we hope you enjoy this first newsletter of our 25th year!

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

Nos gustaría desear a todas nuestras familias, amigos y simpatizantes un año nuevo lleno de esperanza.

Es un honor y un privilegio escribirle al comenzar el 25º año de PCDA brindando un servicio extraordinario a la comunidad de Los Ángeles y más.

Estamos aquí para impactar profundamente los resultados del desarrollo de los niños con autismo y otras necesidades especiales a través de servicios terapéuticos, alcance, y capacitación profesional multidisciplinarios y centrados en la familia.

A pesar de los obstáculos e incertidumbres en curso, este será un año para celebrar todo lo que hemos logrado y para posicionarnos para continuar nuestra misión durante los próximos 25 años y en adelante.

Podemos y aguantaremos.

Valoramos nuestra conexión con usted y esperamos que disfrute de este primer boletín de nuestro 25º año.

Christopher
Christopher Perri, MS, LCSW
Director Ejecutivo
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy
PCDA is closed Monday, January 18, to observe and honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'"
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Help Support PCDA's Work
You Can Make a Difference
Help make the new year bright for the children and families of PCDA! Much of PCDA's programming includes very specialized care, which is often not found anywhere else. Because of generous people like you, we can continue this care far into the future. Thank you for your support!
With Gratitude
Thank You for Making Our Holiday Toy Drive a Success!
Through the generosity of our incredible community of supporters, we were able to fill every requested need through our annual holiday toy drive!

Our deepest thanks to every single person and business who helped give the gift of play and made the toy drive a great success!
PCDA in the News
PCDA in The Outlook
PCDA was featured in The Outlook's special Celebrating Charity edition!

This annual publication honors local nonprofit organizations and introduces them to those who may benefit from or wish to get involved in their work.

Client Spotlight
Three Cheers for Bella!

Bella's mom shares her family's experience with PCDA's Interdisciplinary Feeding Team in the video below. We're so proud of you, Bella!
Board of Directors Spotlight
Meet PCDA Board Member Hubert Ho

Hubert Ho is your average, everyday Renaissance Man. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hubert spent time in New Zealand and Japan before moving to the U.S. in 2009. Hubert was trained as an architect, and worked in a variety of industries including architecture, e-commerce, investment management, and biotech. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at 8BioMed, a biotech venture company. Hubert’s personal interests include Japanese art and furniture design.

With someone like Hubert’s diverse interests, background, and education, it would be easy to draw the conclusion that he is someone who had a mantra of life being a series of teaching moments. But for Hubert, life is a series of learning moments. An avid reader with insatiable curiosity, Hubert shares: “The more I read and do, the more I feel how little I know. So much in life is unknown and probably unknowable, and sometimes a new finding or a new generation gives us a new perspective.”

Hubert was introduced to PCDA when he heard Dr. Diane Cullinane speak at another organization’s event several years ago. As coincidence would have it and around that same time, Hubert noticed that his youngest child, who was then 3 years old, was experiencing some behavioral issues that were beginning to impact his development.

Hubert and his wife had their son assessed at the regional center and the school district, and also reached out to Diane to see if she could help. Diane recommended PCDA’s Building Blocks Program. Building Blocks is a weekly intervention program where the client family meets one on one with a Developmental Interventionist (DI) who provides new activities and ways to expand a child’s everyday learning experiences, supports them through everyday challenges of parenting and child rearing, and provides consultation and assistance to other caregivers and service providers. The Ho family began Building Blocks and found it effective, and their lives improved.

The whole family enjoyed their participation in the program and appreciated PCDA's approach, and share: “We saw how it helped our younger son and we felt the devotion and commitment of PCDA. That was how I started to get involved in PCDA. PCDA not only helps but empowers kids and their families to overcome child development challenges they face. PCDA has commitment, delivers its promise, and is good in what it does.”

Hubert recently moved with his family from the Pasadena area to Thousand Oaks. We are appreciative of Hubert’s service to PCDA and all he does to support our mission. “My hope for the future is that PCDA will continue to reflect, and grow its influence as a thought leader in the field.”
Program Spotlight
PCDA's Creative Arts Department held our annual Winter Recital in an all-virtual format on December 11. Congratulations to all of our talented young performers, and thanks to all the family members and supporters who helped make the recital possible! We're also enormously grateful to the Pasadena Community Foundation and Yes, Virginia Fund for their support of creative arts at PCDA!

Resource for Families
Quote of the Month
"Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles."

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Another Way to Support PCDA
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.
PCDA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing children with developmental challenges and their families the best possible programs. Your donations directly support children with special needs and their families. Thank you for your generous support!