Two Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Elected to Regional Center of Orange County Board of Directors

  Two Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Elected to Regional Center
  of Orange County Board of Directors

Business Wire

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- July 31, 2012

Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) announced that Peter Kuo of Irvine and
Palak Shah of Placentia have been elected to its board of directors, each for
a one-year term through July 2013. Both men have developmental disabilities
and receive services from the Regional Center.

Peter Kuo, Member, Regional Center of Orange County Board of Directors (Photo:
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Peter Kuo, Member, Regional Center of Orange County Board of Directors (Photo:
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“The addition of Palak and Peter to our Board supports our responsibility to
have a board that is diverse and reflects a variety of perspectives and
experiences,” said RCOC Board Chair Tresa Oliveri. “We are particularly
enthusiastic about the insights they will bring to Board efforts to expand
opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to obtain paid
employment.”

Peter Kuo, who has worked as an engineer/scientist for Northrop Grumman for
the past 15 years, was born in Vietnam and came to the United States as a
child in 1980. He has cerebral palsy and uses a communications device to
speak. At Northrop Grumman, he is active in the company’s disability awareness
committee, providing input for training other employees to work effectively
with co-workers with disabilities. Prior to working in Northrop Grumman’s
space technology sector, he spent two years with Western Digital. Kuo
graduated with high honors from UC Irvine.

Palak Shah, whose disabilities include spina bifida, came to the United States
with his family from India. As a child there, he received no help for his
disabilities. It is his gratitude for the services and supports he receives
here that inspired him to serve on the Board and give back to the community.
Shah uses a wheelchair and has always enjoyed helping others with
disabilities. In junior high, he helped out in the special education class,
and provided assistance to visually impaired students when he attended
Fullerton Community College.

About Regional Center of Orange County

Regional Center of Orange County is the private, nonprofit organization
contracted by the State of California to coordinate services and supports for
the 17,000 Orange County residents with developmental disabilities and their
families. Developmental disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy,
and intellectual disabilities. RCOC’s board of directors is composed entirely
of volunteers.

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