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.

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SLS Chilling with the Fish in Monterey

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Jeremy watched the big shark swim past the thick glass of the tank. “Whoa!” he said, laughing. Each time the shark circled by, Jeremy reacted with the same joyful “Whoa!” Jeremy visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the first time on a recent trip organized by the Supported Living team for program participants. The visit […]

Henry and Ray: Best Friends Out on the Town

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Henry and Ray are best friends. Most days you can find them out in the community with their Las Trampas staff support person—grocery shopping, visiting local museums and parks, and having coffee at their local Starbucks. Henry and Ray are residents of Maureen House—one of our four community based homes. They, like all the residents […]

Las Trampas Cooks: Ingredients for Success!

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What could be better than sharing a home-cooked meal, chosen and prepared with care by a friend or colleague? Each month, the 10 students participating in the Day Program’s Las Trampas Cooks program choose a meal each month based on a theme, and work with staff throughout the month make that meal a reality for […]

SLS/ILS–Celebrating Independence

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Do you remember moving out of your parent’s home for the first time? So many mixed emotions– a little apprehensive and scared, but excited and overwhelmed with joy when all your belongings were in place.  When she moved out of her parents’ house at the age of 33, Ariel felt the same way. In July […]

Meet Terri!

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“Shopping!” is one of Terri’s favorite words and one of her favorite pastimes. Since coming to Sheila House last February, she gets to do a lot more of it! For 25 years, Terri lived at Sonoma Developmental Center. She had tried community-based residential programs in the past, but the impacts of Terri’s disabilities meant that […]

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 […]

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.