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
LPA logo
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

Apply Online
for ‎Painted Turtle Camp Sessions
in Lake Hughes, CA
for Children with Skeletal Dysplasia (June 6-10)
and for Syblings (August 9-13)

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



LPA Winter Fun Day
24 February 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Jack London Square in Oakland, CA

Robert and Jennifer Hamill invite everyone to join us for LPA Winter Fun Day at Plank in Jack London Square in Oakland.

Bring the whole family to see old friends and meet new ones. You can bowl, you can play bocce, or you can just hang out.

Plank is a big indoor/outdoor venue with water views, bocce, bowling and video games, plus a beer garden and bar. Please check out Plank’s website below for more information about things to do and prices.

98 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607 map
(510) 817-0980

Look out for the Evite with details later this month!

(If you are Not receiving emails or Evites:
Please contact the LPA office at info@lpaonline.org to check up on your current membership status and/or send your updated contact information.)

If you have questions, please contact Robert Hamill by email robhamill@sbcglobal.net or by phone (415) 722-7010.



D12 Spring Regional Conference
22-24 March 2019
Friday - Sunday
San Francisco, CA

District 12 is hosting the Spring Regional Conference in downtown San Francisco for the first time in many years, and this meeting is going to be great!

2019 D12 Spring Regional Conference Logo

We have a full schedule of workshops, medical appointments, sports events, games, and a Saturday night dance.

The conference will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The area surrounding the hotel has something for everyone – just steps away great restaurants, interactive museums, parks, stores, nightclubs and much, much more.

Marriott Marquis Union Square
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 896-1600

This regional is a pre-game warm-up for the National Convention which will take place in the same hotel this summer, 28 June – 5 July 2019. Come out and get a sneak-peak of the hotel and area that will be the hands-down, best National Convention in years.

For further information, check out the links on this website. Remember, you need to be registered for the conference before you can take advantage of the special LPA hotel room rates which are available until 1 March.

Conference Schedule and General Information
Online Registration

Note that when you register online, you may choose to pay by credit card or by personal check made out to LPA District 12 Spring Regional and mailed to the District 12 office. Once your check clears, you may qualify for the special LPA hotel room rates. (Remember, special room rates are available until 1 March).

District 12 Spring Regional
Little People of America
617 Broadway #518
Sonoma, CA 95476

If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, please contact Lee Uniake by phone at (415) 235-2640 or by email.



Painted Turtle Camp Session
for Kids with Skeletal Dysplasia
6-10 June 2019
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 8-12 June. Session dates as well as Special Camp Events are posted on the 2019 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 2018 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 28-July 5, 2019
Friday - Friday
San Francisco, CA

LPA is excited to host the 62nd National Conference in San Francisco, CA this June 28-July 5, 2019 The District 12 Spring Regional Conference will be held in San Francisco.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 map

Registration packets with discount hotel room booking information will be emailed in February/March.

There is a fantastic week of events planned including a ravashing night with a daring Family Fun Night of prowling pirates and terrific treasures, the LPA's Got Talent Show, the return of Speaker's Night, the dazzling Fashion Show, a magical Awards Banquet night under the stars, a thrilling ride through the grasslands with Wild Florida, a chance at lunch with an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center, and all the daily charms of workshops, receptions, meet and greets, Medical Advisody Board clinic consultations, young adult events, teen events, CITM events, and the Barty Lounge.

Registration and hotel reservations should open in March - the date to be determined soon! Remember, you must register with LPA first in order to book your hotel room at the special LPA room rates.



DAAA National Games
29 June-3 July 2019
Saturday - Wednesday
San Francisco, CA

The Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) invites you to participate in our annual sports competition. We are hosting the National Dwarf Games during the LPA National Conference in San Francisco, California.

For more information and registration materials, go to the DAAA website.

DAAA provides athletic competition, guidance, support, and information to people of short stature and to their families. Every level of ability and skill is welcomed and supported.



Sports Day and Pool Party
September 2019

Details about the 2019 Sports Day and PoolParty will be posted when available.



D12 Fall Regional Conference
October 2019

A Note from our District Director:

District 12 hosted the 2018 Fall Trifecta Regional as well as the 2019 National Conference in June/July.

District 12 will not have a Fall Regional. Instead, members are encouraged to attend a Fall Regional Conference in another region or to save up to attend future conferences.

There will be a D12 Spring Regional in 2020. The dates and hotel location will be announced when plans are confirmed.



Winter Holidays Party
December 2019

Details about the 2019 Holiday Party will be posted when available.


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