Center for All Abilities [CAA] is a non-profit organization in NYC that serves individuals with special needs [including autism and other developmental disabilities] and their families in the Chinese-American immigrant community through creative, educational, social, and spiritual enrichment. CAA is devoted to the notion that “we are all wonderfully made by God”, with unique talents to contribute to the community. This guiding principle leads CAA to cultivate the potential in young people with special needs and assist their families in overcoming the cultural and language barriers they face alongside the challenges of fostering the growth of their children.
Jacqueline Christen is a board-certified music therapist and graduate of Molloy College, where she obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Music Therapy. She discovered her love of music during her first piano lesson at five years old, and has been passionate about sharing music with others ever since. From a humanistic approach, Jacqueline practices music therapy with the intent of helping people both recognize their value and actualize their unique, individual potentials.
Associate Executive Director/ Lead Therapist
Wen Chang-Lit is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and the director of the Creative Arts Therapy Program at the Center for All Abilities. Wen is also a music therapist at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she works with patients across life span, from premature infants to geriatric patients. Wen also works at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, working with children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Wen has extensive experience working with individuals with neuro- developmental challenges and practices through Nordoff-Robbins creative music therapy approach, using music flexibly to meet the children where they are and as who they are.
Phoebe earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and also holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in addition to a Creative Arts Therapy Certification from the New School. Phoebe has worked the past 9 years in creating programs for those within the Chinese immigrant community that have children and youth with special needs through her work at Chinese Christian Herald Crusades – Manhattan and currently facilitating community program at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. She is passionate about making connection through visual arts. Her interests include photography, arts & crafts, and running.
Desmond is currently working towards earning his High School Diploma. He holds his Mentoring Supervision Certification from Big Brothers & Big Sisters of New York City. Desmond has been facilitating program and operation coordination for the past 3 years while at Minis Design Inc. and Chinese Christian Herald Crusades – Manhattan. He is passionate about caring for people + likes to cook, go camping, and watch movies/listen to music!
Esmond earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Brooklyn College. Besides working at Center for All Abilities, he has also been working as a children ministry program coordinator at a Christian organization for 4 years. In his spare time, he also serves in the music ministry at Chinese Evangel Christian Church as a guitarist for 5 years.
Alison Lin is currently one of the program coordinators of Walk With U and MAX Mentoring Programs. She joined the CAA team in 2016 and has contributed in planning and participating in the mentoring programs as well as help coordinate the end of the year Achievement Ceremony. She is currently a Junior at Macaulay Honors College at City College studying Psychology.
Ivy Li is a professional language teacher, who specializes in teaching Mandarin Chinese and English as a second language. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a TESOL degree, and has been teaching students of all levels in different public or private settings. Ivy has been volunteering at various programs of Center for All Abilities since 2013. Currently she is holding English tutoring sessions and co-leading the pilot Outshine program at CAA.
Erika Shin is a graduate from the Art Therapy M.A program at New York University. She is currently in a psychoanalytic training program to further specialize and expand her scope of practice. Erika has experience working closely with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics in a wide variety of ethnic groups and settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and a psychiatric unit within a correctional facility. She is deeply involved in multiple mental health associations within greater New York area, and is also an active volunteer and advocate for organizations working with domestic violence and sexual abuse victims.
Wing Ping Tam
Program/ Administrative Assistant
Wing Ping attended the College of Staten Island. He joined Center for All Abilities in Summer 2016. He has 7 years of experience working as a computer and iPad teacher for seniors. He currently works at a senior day care center.
Hong Bo Wu
Hongbo is working on his Bachelor’s of Arts in Bible at Faith Bible Seminary. He has been working with the Music and Art Therapy program since Summer 2016. This is his first time working with children with special needs, and he is excited to learn how to be a good friends with them. He likes sports, especially basketball in addition to music.