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.

Our Stories

2017 Walk n’ Roll brings the Las Trampas Community Together for Fun!

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The air was crisp and clear as Las Trampas friends and family, both old and new, gathered at the campus the morning of September 23 for the 8th Annual Walk n’ Roll. Shouted greetings and show tunes echoed through the trees as walkers and rollers finished their lap on the trail and enjoyed face painting, […]

Change is in the Air for the Las Trampas Board

Big changes are in the works for the Las Trampas Board of Directors. In June Las Trampas said goodbye to five directors, but are pleased to welcome three new additions to the Board. Mary Gomes joined the Las Trampas Board of Directors in January of 1982 as a Las Trampas parent. In January 2017, 35 […]

Las Trampas Welcomes New Board President!

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Our new Board President Charles Henry is not your everyday, ordinary guy.  A graduate of the University of Southern California and University of California Hastings Law School, Chuck served for 32 years in the Public Defender’s Office of San Joaquin County as a Senior Trial Attorney and Chief Deputy Attorney. But don’t be fooled by […]

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 […]

Confessions of an ILS Client

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I am a young guy who lives in the East Bay. During most of my adult life I have faced the challenges of noise sensitivity and social anxiety. According to a doctor in San Ramon, the root of some of my problems is largely a vertebral disc in my neck that pinches a nerve to the degree […]

The Amazing Adventures of Amy and Jeff

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Las Trampas client Jeff and his sister Amy overcame their obstacles to enjoy the summer trip of a lifetime together. Any recounts their trip and reveals how she makes every minute count for both her and her brother.  Just this past summer, my brother Jeff and I went on a couple of great trips. Jeff slept most […]

Sweatpants & Parenting: Clothes Make the Man

It’s 51 degrees out. Which means my autistic 21-year-old son Mickey is wearing shorts and sandals. “It’s too cold!” I protest. “But it’s May.” I get it. He hates socks. Loathes sneakers. Long sleeves drive him crazy. If we let him, he’d leave the house wearing shorts and sandals in January, and probably without a […]

Meet Pat Flaharty!

I became familiar with Las Trampas about 15 years ago through my Rotary Club Lamorinda Sunrise. As a group we have done painting of homes, several on-campus landscaping projects and deck building. About eight years ago, Bonnie Peacock (former Development Director) spoke to our club and mentioned that the chef for Chef’s Table had moved […]

Independence and the Special Needs Child

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As my son grows older (he’ll be 12 in March) we are grappling more and more with the challenge of developing his independence. For most 11 year olds, catching the bus home from school, walking around the corner to a friend’s house and having sleepovers are no big deal. They are age appropriate activities and […]

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 […]

The Warriors Fan

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Leslie is a huge Warriors fan, which he demonstrates almost daily.  He can draw from a closet full of the team’s logo clothing.  In cold weather, it’s the blue and gold knit cap, in summer a t-shirt, among other items.  Of course as an avid sports fan, he must alternate with his 49er jacket and […]

Patty’s Story

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Patty came to Las Trampas in 1975 and has been a source of sunshine ever since.  Patty is always smiling.  “I hear birds!” exclaimed Patty, as she tested her long-awaited hearing aids. Patty is very social, loves connecting with people, chatting and sharing stories.  Now she can do this again! The ability to return significantly to […]

Latest News!

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Thank You for Joining Us! Thanks to the 340 people who attended the annual What’s in our Hat? event this year including the National Charity League and the Clipped Wings and their friends who helped us make the day a success. We could not hold this event without the long tradition of their dedicated support. […]

Daniel’s Story

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The young man in the photo is Daniel. Daniel is in our Adult Vocational Program (AVP) and has successfully participated
in the Northern California Special Olympics.

Open Hearts Can Open Doors!

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On February 3, 2014, our first specialized residential home opened in Pleasant Hill.  This beautifully refurbished, ADA accessible, and welcoming residence currently houses three adults who previously resided at the Sonoma Developmental Center.  The facility is designed to accommodate up to four persons.  This home was established as part of the State of California’s Community […]

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)