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Basic Facts
  • People with a form of Dwarfism are usually no taller than 4 foot 10 inches.
  • The word “midget” is considered highly offensive.
  • 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, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with dwarfism.
  • Dwarfism can be caused by one of more than 300 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. Most people with Dwarfism see the word “Dwarf” as acceptable. Most people 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 then “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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