Las Trampas supports adults with developmental disabilities to discover their capabilities and to lead full lives in their home, at work, and in the community.

Follow that Bird!

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One would be hard-pressed to catch Jeff unaccompanied by his Big Bird entourage o’ one.

The stuffed bird has been Jeff’s right-hand man since he fell in love with the classic Sesame Street character when he was just a kid.

Before joining the Las Trampas family, Jeff and the stuffed bird lived at the Sonoma Developmental Center together where he was urged to ditch his furry friend… but to no avail.

Today, Jeff lives in the Maureen House where his individuality is appreciated and fostered.

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On Saturday May 21st, staff and residents of the Maureen House took Jeff on a day trip to the San Jose Civic Center to see Sesame Street Live.

Dynamic as Jeff is, it can be difficult for him to sit still for long periods of time, but at that matinee even a fire in the building could not have high-jacked his focus.

When Big Bird made his first stage entrance, fellow Maureen House residents showed their enthusiasm for him both verbally and nonverbally (depending on their communication capabilities).

Jeff’s nonverbal roommate pointed at the big yellow bird with two outstretched arms to show his support and enthusiasm.

Besides Sesame Street, Jeff enjoys watching Football, regardless of which teams are playing. He loves snacking and, despite the many health issues he faces, is always filled with energy and gumption.

The staff at Maureen House are passionate about making every day count for the adults with developmental disabilities they work so closely with and they find encouragement in the small progressions of each individual.

Since moving into the Maureen House Jeff has become friendlier, more communicative and his health issues have noticeably improved.

As for Big Bird…we can never really know how life at the Maureen House compares to life on Sesame Street but we can take comfort in knowing that if it were that wonderful a place, someone would have told us by now how to get -how to get to Sesame Street.



How to Apply

Successful candidates must meet the following basic employment requirements:

  • Successfully complete first-aid/CPR training within the first 30 days of employment
  • Possess a current and valid California Driver's License
  • Ability to pass a criminal background clearance through the Department of Justice
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, tuberculosis screening, and drug screening
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively use a computer and associated productivity software programs
  • Ethical and professional standards
  • Problem-solving, critical thinking, and personal accountability

  • To apply for one of these positions, download and complete a job application and submit it along with your resume to broffman@lastrampas.org.

    Employment Application (MS Word)
    Employment Application (pdf)

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      Staff Training

      All Direct Staff and Management are provided with comprehensive training to ensure the highest quality of services to the individuals served by the agency.

      New-Hire Orientation (within 90 days of hire)

      48 hours of training including but not limited to: annual trainings, general safety, service design, regulations, policies and procedures, incident and mandated reporting, medication management, health conditions, developmental disabilities, and 40 hours of hands-on training.

      Annual Training

      • Positive Behavioral Support Training (PBS)
      • Teaching Social Skills (TSS)
      • Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NCI)

      Weekly and Monthly Inservice Trainings

      Ongoing trainings on all items noted above as well as staffing cases of the individuals served. Additional trainings also include training on curriculum and teaching methods.

      Residential Direct Service Professional (DSPs)

      DSP I Training (Year 1) DSP II Training (Year 2) Ongoing Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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      3460 Lana Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549

      Rights Under Title VI

      Las Trampas operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Las Trampas.

      Title VI Rights Notice (English and Spanish)

      Title VI Transportation Complaint Procedures and Form (English)

      Procediminetos de Quejas de Transporte del Título VI y Formulario (Espaniol)