History

A member of CAPC who has been helped from the services provided at CAPC

CAPC is a non-profit organization that has provided innovative Supported Employment and Supported Living Services for people with disabilities in the greater Whittier and Orange County areas. In 1984, CAPC began to provide services for adults with disabilities as an outgrowth and expansion of the Whittier Union High School District’s and Whittier Area Cooperative’s Special Education Program. For many years CAPC was the primary community-based program for adults exiting the local special education programs in our area.

CAPC strives to follow the philosophy that all people with disabilities are individuals with the ability to lead self-directed, productive, fulfilling lives while becoming contributing members of their community. The key strengths of CAPC are the quality of the community-based services that meet the needs of each of the individuals being served, the community support of the program and the self-fulfillment of the individuals’ life aspirations. The uniqueness of the program lies in its approach to providing services. All services are individual-driven; we start with the hopes and dreams of the individual and develop an individualized service plan to provide the person the opportunities to pursue his/her hopes and dreams.

CAPC’s work has been highlighted in several video productions including a PBS film titled “Visionaries”, which debuted in 2004, and “Everyone Can Work”, produced by the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center.

One of CAPC’s strengths has been to position the agency squarely in the business community, not only as a service organization but also as a contributing participant in business development and collaboration. Since 1988, CAPC has been an active member of the Santa Fe Springs, La Mirada, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Whittier, La Habra and more recently Fullerton Chambers of Commerce. CAPC’s Executive Director, Carolyn Reggio, served as president of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce in 2006-2007. CAPC’S services have been actively endorsed by Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri, and Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. The agency has fostered supportive alliances with other service agencies, social service commissions, business cooperatives and large corporations such as the Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and PIH and Bright Health Physicians of PIH.