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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.

A Message From Our Interim Director

8 October 2017

Following Jon Welch's exciting promotion to Western Area Representative, I am thrilled to be appointed Interim District 12 Director with Michelle Schulte appointed Assistant District 12 Director.

My goal for the next few months is to support you and your chapter by answering any questions you have, promoting your events and helping out in any way that I can.

In the meantime, is there anything I can do to help as your District Director?

I look forward to working with all of you. Please feel free to contact me by email or by phone with any feedback, suggestions or questions.

Lucy Woika
(415) 244-9756

Our Next Regional Events

Our 2018 Spring Regional D12 Conference will be held April 6-8, 2018 in Sacramento, CA, at the Holiday Inn Sacramento ($109 per night), 300 J Street (800) 345-8082. Contact Jaime Murphy by e-mail at jkmurphy2010@gmail.com for conference information or to volunter. A conference Facebook page link is coming soon.

What better place to hold our 2018 Tri-State Spring Regional Conference than walking-distance to the 28-acre National Historic Landmark District of Old Sacramento? Sandwiched between the brand-new Golden 1 Center Arena and the Sacramento River, the Holiday Inn Downtown – Arena Hotel is the perfect place to host 200+ LPA friends, family, and newcomers!

Along with the ever-popular Parents Workshop and other workshops, genetics counselors will host the medical panel and our former DAAA President will host a boccia competition and swim clinic. Plus, we’ve banded some of the finest teachers in our district to host the Kids Room for activities to occupy the children while the parents enjoy the conference workshops that we've designed to educate, familiarize, network, and explore!

The Friday Night Welcome Reception will allow our members to grab a beverage and mingle while the kids relax for Movie Night in the kids room. After the reception, conference attendees are invited to stroll for dining and dessert in Old Sacramento or take a ride-share to Midtown, where the nightlife is EXTREMELY popular.

Saturday morning we’re hosting a tween/teen scavenger hunt and in the afternoon we’ve set aside some time for families to enjoy themselves following the workshops! There will be a little time to catch your breath and dress to kill before we launch our marquee event, the Evening Banquet Dinner and Dance.

Sunday morning we wrap our conference with the General Assembly Meeting, featuring the District Directors, District Board, and LPA Regional Leadership.

Future Regional Conferences

2018 D12 Trifecta Fall Regional:
October 25-28, 2018, at the Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA. The hotel room rate will be $179 and includes park admission.
For further information and to volunteer, please contact April Parker by email at aprilparkerlpa@gmail.com.

2019 D12 Spring Regional:
(dates tbd), at the Marriott Marquis Union Square, 780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA.

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. Stay tuned for a link to the 2018 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 2018 LPA National Conference will be held in Orlando, FL, during the week of July 6-12, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. A full conference description and registration forms will be mailed to LPA members during Spring 2018.

The Conference Management Committee and District 4 is working on all of the details, but Family Fun Night and Speakers Nights are back, workshops, medical consultations, Talent Show, Fashion show and DAAA events too.

The Hyatt Regency Orlando is an exciting hotel with lots of entertainment options, just stops away on International Drive. The hotel also has two pools, a water slide, a waterfall and outdoor kids play area. Be sure to mark your calendars for March 1, 2018, when LPA registration and hotel reservations open to all LPA attendees.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact Sandy Taylor by e-mail.

DAAA National Games
The Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) will host a National Games in 2018 in Orlando, FL, nearby the National Conference.

Stay tuned for more information on the DAAA 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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All photos courtesy of Gary Parker,
www.garyparker.com, except where noted.


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Little People of America national organization


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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


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


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Ka Po'e Li'ili'i 'o Hawai'i – LPA Hawaii Chapter
LPA Hawaii Chapter on Facebook.com


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Dwarf Athletic Association of America


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