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Thursday 19 October 2017

Understanding Dwarfism

A few things you may not know.....

·       People with dwarfism are usually no taller than 4 foot 10 inches.
·       Yes, you or your children can one day have a child with a form of dwarfism.

·       80% of Little People are born to average-sized parents.
·       Most types of dwarfism have medical complications, some more severe than others.
·       Dwarfism occurs in all races and ethnicities.
·       While many members of the short-statured community don't feel that they have a disability.
·       Dwarfism can be caused by one of more than 200 different types of dwarfism with an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. and 651,700 in the world.
·       Such terms as Little People, LP, Person of short stature or Person with a form of dwarfism are all
acceptable. However, most people would rather be
referred to by their name than by a label.
·       In the dwarfism community the word “average” is used instead of the word "normal."
Example: “Average sized parents” rather than “normal-sized parents”.
·       Dwarfism is not a reason to assume that someone is incapable. Little People can do just about
anything an average-sized person can, just sometimes in a different way.
·       Dwarfism is not a disease that requires a “cure.” Most people with the condition live a long prosperous life.
·       Dwarfism is not an intellectual disability. A person who has dwarfism is typically of average intelligence.


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