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Las Trampas has a longstanding, rich history of providing services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Founded in 1958 as a non-profit residential school by parents, family, and community members, Las Trampas School, Inc. provided on-site residential and educational services to children with developmental disabilities. The school was named for the creek that runs through the beautiful, two-and-a-half acre property in Lafayette, California. As the children grew into adulthood along with progressive changes in service provisions, Las Trampas changed its mission to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.
Currently, Las Trampas provides day program educational and vocational services, residential services, supported and independent living services throughout Central and Eastern Contra Costa County, California. These services include:
It is the philosophy of Las Trampas that all persons with developmental disabilities are entitled to develop their optimum state of social, physical, and mental well-being, and share an integrated lifestyle similar to what non-disabled persons enjoy. This philosophy is based on the following beliefs:
Las Trampas will make every effort to provide a lifetime of residential programs and services for those individuals we are capable of serving.
Las Trampas strives to provide the highest quality of services for adults with developmental disabilities by employing evidence-based teaching methods and curriculums that meet the training needs of the individuals served by the agency. Las Trampas provides training opportunities both on-site and in the community. On-site skills training includes simulated practice of the skills learned. However, Las Trampas believes that the best learning opportunities happen in community settings where the learned skills can be utilized in real-world settings, the settings where the individuals will be expected to employ the skills learned. Methodologies employed include:
Las Trampas residential buildings for children prior to 1970.
Children of Las Trampas in 1970 after the completion of the new campus.
In 1971 Las Trampas starts offsite, community-based adult residential programs.
In 1985, Las Trampas starts supported employment programs for adults with developmental disabilities.
In 1990, Las Trampas becomes a State demonstration project for Supported Living Services.
In 2000, Las Trampas implements the Adult Development Program to meet the needs of individuals with intensive support needs.
In 2007, Las Trampas starts the Independent Living Program to teach individuals the skills needed to become more independent.