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.

Meet Johnathan!

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Meet Johnathan…

Johnathan is a total care client who has used a wheelchair for his entire life. He is nonverbal, has poor vision, and needs assistance to change clothes and a tube to be fed. It has always been assumed that he is unable to comprehend or communicate. That is, until Speech Language Therapist Pam Chapman devised a plan to determine if he can express more than we realize.

She gave him the simple instruction to arch his head back to the left wants to say no and right if he wants to say yes.  “Can you do that?” she asked him. He arched right. “Was that real? Johnathan did you just understand that?” and again, he nodded to the right, all the while sporting a huge grin because, for the first time in his life, he was heard.

Johnathan’s parents have always had the inclination to explore possible vehicles of communication for their son, who has always exhibited signs of emotional and intellectual capacity beyond his ability to convey.  However, they did not have the tools and resources to begin. This is why Las Trampas offers communication classes as part of its Adult Day Program: to bring families closer together by bridging the gap of communication that exists between them and their non-verbal loved ones.

Chapman and the rest of the Las Trampas staff continue to work with Johnathan, and have been enjoying the vibrant personality and sense of humor that is finally beginning to surface. Johnathan loves to make jokes and he laughs often and always. He loves Mango Tango smoothies from Jamba Juice and absolutely adores his mother, who he lives with.

We are thrilled at the progress that Johnathan has already made in our communication program and we are so grateful for the chance to continue helping him discover his capabilities in order to lead a full life at home and in his community.



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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)

Office Location

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)