Did you know since 2009, LPA has been recognizing October as Dwarfism Awareness Month? The intention is to raise positive awareness around dwarfism, addressing common misconceptions and increasing opportunities for people with dwarfism around the country.
Little People of America (LPA) is a national support organization for people with dwarfism and their families. LPA provides peer, parent, and medical support for the dwarfism community. Started in 1957 by Billy Barty and 20 friends, the first LPA meeting was truly monumental for a group of people who were severely mislabeled and misunderstood by society.
A beautiful Public Service Announcement was made in 2012 by the LPA for Dwarfism Awareness Month. The video celebrates the diversity of people with dwarfism in the United States and the contributions they make to our communities.
More about dwarfism and LPA:
♦ There are over 200 distinct forms of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasia.
♦ The typical height range of people with dwarfism is 2’8″ to 4’5″, and is generally not greater than 4’10” at adult height.
♦ Eighty percent of people with dwarfism have average height parents.
♦ There are an estimated 30,000 people in the United States and 651,000 internationally with a type of dwarfism.
♦ In July 2009, the word “midget” was declared inappropriate and offensive. Preferable terms: average height, having dwarfism, short stature, little person, LP, and the medical terminology use of dwarf. The most preferred way? The person’s name!
♦ LPA has registered a complaint with the FCC over the use of the “m” word. The goal is to raise awareness around the offensive impact of the word in order to eliminate use of it in media, popular culture, and in everyday language.
♦ LPA has 6,500 members across the United States and includes 70 chapters active in all 50 states.
♦ Skeletal dysplasias affect bone growth, but generally do not affect cognitive abilities.
Last month I went live for 22 days doing pushups to raise awareness of Vets who commit suicide every day. I found, on average, 5 people a day told me they did not know that statistic until they saw our videos. Because of that, I decided Addie and I would be going live every day with a new fact, but more than the typical stats- we are going to get a bit deeper. Talk more about advocacy. Things many people have not thought about. And, hopefully, raise more awareness about dwarfism.
I hope you will join us on Facebook for the month of October to learn more about dwarfism!