October is Dwarfism Awareness Month!

Avery has a friend named Addie. Addie is super cute, super smart and she’s a Little Person! Addie has a form of dwarfism called, Achondroplasia.

You can read more about Addie Here: A is for Adelaide

Being that October is Dwarfism Awareness Month, I thought I should do my part to get a bit more info out about dwarfism, and also help raise some money to support our local LPA (Little People of America) Chapter and our dear friend, Addie!!

Here are just a few facts about Dwarfism:

  • There are over 300 types of dwarfism.
  • There are approximately 30,000 people with dwarfism in the United States.
  • 80% of Little People are born to average sized parents, and any average sized parents can have a child with a form of dwarfism.
  • Dwarfism occurs in males and females of all races and ethnicities.
  • The word “midget” is  offensive, Little Person, LP or person of short stature are all acceptable but why not try calling the person by their name instead of a label?
  •  A person with dwarfism can do anything that a person of average height can do, sometimes they just need to do things a little differently.
  • People with dwarfism are of average (or above average!) intelligence.
  • Though there are some medical complications that may arise (and vary in severity) Dwarfism isn’t a “disease” and people with a form of dwarfism have a normal life expectancy.
  • People with Dwarfism are PEOPLE. People worthy of respect. People who have a right to go through life without being bullied.

We all need to do our part to raise awareness, and understanding. We need to educate our own children to embrace the differences that make the human race so beautiful!

For even more info, visit Understanding Dwarfism

 

I am selling hair clips to raise funds for the local LPA Chapter. They will be sold for $7.00 (plus S&H). Of that $7, $3 will go to The LPA and $3 will go to help Addie get the best medical care available, and cover expenses that insurance wont!

Buy your Dwarfism Awareness clips here:  Sweet Lil You Boutique

Raise Awareness, and help a pretty awesome little girl!

5 comments

  1. Jessica Blaker says:

    I think the clippies is a great idea and it is important to keep the education for dwarfism going…I noticed that someone else is trying to get dwarfism awareness noticed as well by trying to make a children’s book another really good idea.

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