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Little People of America (LPA) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and to their families. The organization was created in 1957 by Billy Barty and friends.

The national organization is divided into regional districts and local chapters. District 12 covers the local LPA chapters in the region of California and Nevada. Each local chapter is a group of families, friends, acquaintances, and professionals who are connected by experience with short stature.

On this site you will find information about our district, national organization, local chapters, contacts for more information about dwarfism, available resources, and how you can participate with us. You are welcome to contact us for more information, for support, or to join with everyone at the regional activities we hold during Spring and Autumn every year.

Our Mission

LPA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism throughout their lives while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity. LPA strives to bring solutions and global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families.

Our Next Regional Event

The Spring Regional Conference will be hosted by the LPA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Walnut Creek, CA. The conference runs from Friday, April 7th, at 3 PM through Sunday, April 9th, at noon. Complete information is available in the D12 Fall Registration Packet.

The hotel is located across the street from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) with access to downtown San Francisco, and both San Francisco and Oakland Airports. The hotel rates include free happy hours and free breakfasts.

Reservations can be made by calling Embassy Suites reservations at (800) 498-7397 and identifying yourself as being with Little People of America at the time the reservation is made in order to receive our group rate. We encourage you to make reservations as early as possible, since we are excpecting a large turnout. Our cutoff date is March 8th for securing our LPA rate of $149.00 per night.

The conference registration fee includes the banquet dinner, a picnic lunch on Saturday, on-site meetings and activites, plus all the off-site events and transportation. There will be price breaks for those who register early.

Conference highlights include:

- Hospitality suite on Friday night
- Accessible playground, sporting & picnic facilities
- Teen activities
- Dances on Friday and Saturday nights
- Medical appointments with ENT’s, adult and pediatric orthopedists, among others (details to follow)
- Possible workshop topics to include Medical Panel Discussion, Fitness for LP's and Medical Insurance
- DAAA events including bocce, softball and swimming
- Picnic at Heather Farms Park

If you would like to volunteer either before the event, at the event, or have an idea about something new we should try, please send email to Jon and Sonia Welch at welchparty@comcast.net.

The concerence committee also is starting a fund to keep down the cost of attending. If you would like to donate money, or do fund-raising before for the regional conference, let us know. We would love all the help we can get. Please send email to Lee Uniake at Lee.Uniacke@gmail.com.

A full conference description and registration forms will be mailed to LPA members during early 2017. You can find more information at the facebook event: 2017 LPA Spring Regional Conference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email anyone on the conference committee:

Jon Welch - welchparty@comcast.net
Jessica Markbreiter - jgmarkbreiter@gmail.com
Ben Woika - ben.woika@gmail.com
Angie Giuffre - giuffreangie@gmail.com

The Painted Turtle Camp for Kids

The Painted Turtle is a year-round medical specialty camp for children who have serious medical conditions. All campers attend free of charge.

Each summer, one session is for children with skeletal dysplasias. This year the camp week the session for Skeletal Dysplasia and MPS will be 7-12 June. Session dates as well as Special Camp Events are posted on the 2017 Calendar.

Campers will find a cabin village, equestrian center with a horse barn and trail rides, fishing and boating on a private lake, archery field, gymnasium, Shamu-shaped pool, rock-climbing wall, adventure ropes course (wheelchair accessible!), woodshop center, organic farm, and new friends who understand their experiences of serious illness.

Painted Turtle Camp website
17000 Elizabeth Lake Road
P.O. Box 455
Lake Hughes, CA 93532 map
Phone Number: (661) 724-1550
Fax Number: (661) 724-1340

To learn about the Painted Turtle camp and find out camper requirements, please see the FAQ and the application information webpages. The 2017 camper application will be available in early February. You may apply online or request a paper copy to be sent to you by contacting the Camper Admissions Office.

Our Next National Events

National LPA Conference
The 2017 LPA National Conference will be held in Denver, CO, during the week of 30 June - 7 July at the Denver Sheraton. A full conference description and registration forms will be mailed to LPA members during Spring 2017.

DAAA National Games
The Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) will not host a National Games in 2017, but will instead support Team USA at the World Dwarf Games.

During the 2017 LPA Conference, DAAA will host:

  • Boccia for all ages and ranges of ability at the Denver Sheraton hotel.
  • East/West Softball game

Stay tuned for more information on the DAAA website and social media for more information.

2017 World Dwarf Games
The Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) is excited to organize Team USA to attend the 7th World Dwarf Games to be held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on August 5-12, 2017. DAAA!

Please visit the Team USA webpage, and let DAAA know if you are interested in competing at the World Dwarf Games for Team USA. Any American dwarf athlete is invited to join. There is no limit to the number of athletes on the team.

Stay tuned for more information on the DAAA website and the World Dwarf Games 2017 website.

An Author in Our Midst!

The Magical Mask Storybook
The Magical Mask is an illustrated book for children about the use of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask. The new storybook is based on a story by Keren Stronach, vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 4. Keren originally wrote a story called The Magic Mask for her daughter, Talia, who was diagnosed with sleep apnea at the age of two. The story had an immediate effect on Talia, who requested that the story be read to her several times before agreeing to wear her mask.

After speaking to other parents who had trouble helping their kids adjust to therapy, Keren wanted to write a story that would help children feel more comfortable about wearing a mask. Keren hopes that the story will help to ease the process of introducing the mask to young children.

Copies of the book are available for free by calling ResMed: 1-800-424-0737 option 1. Thanks to Keren and ResMed, the story (illustrated by William Ross) is also available online.


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Little People of America national organization


SFBAC logo
San Francisco Bay Area (LPA Chapter 4)


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Los Angeles (LPA Chapter 6)
LPA LA Chapter on Facebook.com


San Joaquin Valley Chapter logo
Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley (LPA Chapter 8)
LPA SJVC Chapter on Facebook.com


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San Diego (LPA Chapter 19)
LPA San Diego Chapter on Facebook.com


Orange Blossom chapter logo
Orange County/Orange Blossom (LPA Chapter 37)
Orange County Chapter on Facebook.com


Las Vegas Tumbleweeds chapter logo
Las Vegas/Tumbleweeds (LPA Chapter 71)
LPA Las Vegas Chapter on Facebook.com


DAAA logo
Dwarf Athletic Association of America


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