SFBAC headline image Little People of America
Chapter 4
District 12

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 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (SFBAC) was established in 1962. We are a group of families, friends, acquaintances, and professionals who are connected by our experience with short stature.

You are welcome to contact us for more information, for support, or to join with everyone at the local activities we hold throughout the year.

We hope you will find this site useful. Here you will find information about social events, contacts for more information about dwarfism, local resources, and how you can participate with us. Enjoy!

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.
An Author in Our Midst!

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, who 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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SFBAC Newsletter online
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LPA national organization web site
District 12 logo
LPA regional area web site
DAAA logo
Dwarf Athletic Association of America web site
eScrip logo
You can register your grocery, merchant charge, debit and credit cards. After you sign in you can also shop at hundreds of brand name stores at the Online Mall. Did you know you can choose up to three organizations to receive eScrip donations? To select SFBAC as a beneficiary, use the Group ID 125298509. Shop with eScrip! Many thanks!
Teen Friends portrait
Portrait of Hassan
Hollister Teen portrait
Portrait of Friends
Portrait of Friends
portrait of babies with cell phone
Welch portrait
Portrait with bouquet
Friend from SoCal
Friends from AZ
Handsome Family Portrait
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Family Portrait
Handsome Couple
Young Girls with Scooter
Lively Couple Portrait

Billy Barty's Jacket This suit was originally worn by the founder of LPA, Billy Barty (1924-2000). A close friend now wears the jacket displaying the tailor's label, "Specially Made for Billy Barty."


Our Next Events

Bowling Party
21 January 2017
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Albany, CA

Robert and Jennifer Hamill invite everyone to the annual LPA bowling event on Saturday, January 21 at Albany Bowl from 2:00-4:00pm.

Bring the whole family to see old friends and meet new ones. The cost is $10 per bowler (please bring cash). Non-bowlers are welcome to come and just socialize. Hope to see you there!

Albany Bowl
540 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706

Please RSVP by email robhamill@sbcglobal.net or phone at (415) 722-7010, and let us know how many bowlers will be in your party. Be sure to indicate the number of bowlers in your party when you reply in the comments to the RSVP email.



Applications Available
1 February 2017
for ‎Painted Turtle Camp Sessions
in Lake Hughes, CA
for Children with Skeletal Dysplasia (June 7-12)

To learn about the camp and find out camper requirements, please see the FAQ and calendar webpages.



Adults (21 years +) Night Out
Trader Vic's - Emeryville
Saturday, 25 February 2017
5 PM

Donna and Harold Weaver invite LP Adults to join together for food, drinks, and fun with friends! Trader Vic's is a Hawaiian/Polynesian themed restaurant, has been in the Bay Area for over 20 years.

If you want to make this a more festive event, you can wear your floral attire! Aloha!

This is a very popular/busy restaurant. It is imperative you arrive and park before 5pm, as we only have 18 seats reserved for this event. Trader Vic's is wheelchair accessible. Please call the restaurant if you have any concerns.

Trader Vic's
9 Anchor Drive
Emeryville, CA 94608 map
(510) 653-3400

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event webpage by Monday, 20 February.



Springtime Party and Potluck
Los Gatos, CA
Saturday, 26 March 2017
1:00-4:00 PM

The Haq and Parkhurst families are hosting the annual Springtime Party and Egg Hunt Join on March 26th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Haq Family's residence. This will be potluck, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Be sure to bring baskets for the kids. We will be having an Egg Hunt around 3 pm.

Home of the Haq Family
150 Kensington Way
Los Gatos 95032 map
(408) 655-3262

Please RSVP by Sunday, 19 March, using email jgmarkbreiter13@gmail.com, the Facebook Event webpage, the Evite that has been emailed to LPA chapter members, or by calling Nabila Haq at (408) 655-3262.

(To request an Evite, please contact Anna Azimi at anna.e.azimi@gmail.com.)

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!



D12 Spring Regional Conference
7-9 April 2017
Friday - Sunday
Walnut Creek, CA

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



LPA Parents Meeting
4 June 2017
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Mountain View, CA

All parents of little people (both average height and LP) please join us for a parents meeting hosted by the Vaccaro family. We plan to discuss and share with one another about common LP themes including medical issues, school needs, and other related topics. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Vaccaro Home
219 Horizon Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94093

Childcare will be provided during the meeting. In your RSVP please include how many children and their ages that will be attending so we can plan for childcare accordingly. If your child is still in diapers, please bring your own supplies.

Please RSVP via evite by May 31. If you have questions or need an evite, please contact Sarah Vaccaro at (650) 714-2843 or Jessica Markbreiter at (214) 837-1052.



Painted Turtle Camp Session
for Kids with Skeletal Dysplasia
7-12 June 2017
Friday - Wednesday
Lake Hughes, CA

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.

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 at (661) 724-1768 extension 202.

Camp Office:

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



LPA National Conference
June 30 - July 7, 2017
Friday - Thursday
Denver, CO

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



DAAA-Hosted Activities
June 30 - July 7, 2017
Saturday - Wednesday
Denver, CO

The Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) will not host 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.



World Dwarf Games
5-12 August 2017
Saturday - Wednesday
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The 7th World Dwarf Games will be held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on August 5-12, 2017. DAAA is excited to organize Team USA!

Any American dwarf athlete is invited to attend. There is no limit on the number of athletes on the team.

Please visit the Team USA webpage, and let DAAA know if you are interested in competing at the World Dwarf Games for Team USA.

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



Sports Day and Pool Party
Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Town Park in Corta Madera, CA
Larkspur, CA

Please come join us for our day of Sports and Swimming.

In the morning Sports Day will be hosted by the Hamill Family. We will have pick-up basketball and soccer games in the park.

When: 10:30am-1:00pm
Where: 498 Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925 map

For questions, please contact Robert Hamill at robhamill@sbcglobal.net or (415)-722-7010

After the games we will have an end of the summer Pool Party at the Uniacke home. Please bring your sunscreen, pool towel, and a snack/side to share. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

When: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Where: 136 Ward Street, Larkspur, CA 94939 map

For questions, please contact Lee Uniacke at (415)-235-2640



D12 Fall Regional Conference
Thursday - Sunday
September 28th-October 1st 2017
Seattle, WA

The Fall District 12 Regional Conference 'Trifecta' will be held at the Seattle Doubletree Hotel
18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188, (map).

For registration and more information, please refer to the website.

Contact Deana Harris and Peter Reckendorf at seattletrifecta2017@gmail.com for any questions or concerns.



LPA SFBAC Bocce Fundraiser
Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 PM
San Rafael, CA

Come join us for our annual Bocce SFBAC fundraiser!

We are currently looking for team captains. In order to participate it will be $100 per team.

For questions or to sign up for a team, please contact Robert Hamill by e-mail or phone (415)-722-7010.

When: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Marin Boccee Federation
550 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901 map

Please RSVP by October 1st.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Winter Holidays Party
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Noon - 3:00 PM
Alamo, CA

Come join us for our annual Winter Holidays Party, hosted by the Welch and Zembsch families.

Please bring a wrapped gift with your child's name on it for Santa to give.

Please bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys For Tots.

We are not sure if the party will be potluck or catered at this time, but we will know soon and update you with the information.

When: noon until 3:00 pm
Where: Alamo Women's Club
1401 Danville Blvd.
Alamo, CA 94507 map

To request an evite, get more information, or to RSVP, please contact Jon and Sonia Welch by e-mail or phone at (925) 949-8714, or Mark Zembsch by e-mail.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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