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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dwarfism Awareness Month

Salam All.

This entry is specially dedicated to the Dwarfism Awareness Month to increase public knowledge about people with dwarfism. Maybe some of you are still not aware that our youngest baby; Ammar Raziq is born achondroplasia @ dwarfism. There maybe some questions you guys wanna ask; feel free to do so. We will try to give info whatever we know. And we also want you all to know that our AMMAR IS JUST LIKE OTHER KID BUT HE IS A LITTLE SMALLER.

What is Dwarfism Awareness Month? This usually organised by the Little People of America (LPA); i don't know if our local organisation - Persatuan Kebangsaan Orang Kerdil Malaysia (PKOKM) got such awareness but it's okay. I really hope they do; will check with them soon.

October has been declared National Dwarfism Awareness Month by the Little People of America. 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. This year they're having it in California.

LPA began in 1957 with actor Billy Barty and 20 short-statured friends. The first LPA meeting was monumental for a group of people who were severely mislabeled and misunderstood by society. Today, LPA is a thriving international organization providing much needed support, education, educational scholarships, and community outreach.

In declaring Dwarfism Awareness Month, LPA hopes to raise positive awareness around dwarfism, address common misconceptions, and increase opportunities for peoples with dwarfism around the country.

"People with dwarfism are no different than any other person. We may just need a well-placed stool. Our members are children, college students, business professionals, doctors, engineers, mechanics, artist and teachers. We can do anything an average-height person can do," says Lois Lamb, LPA President and a person with dwarfism.

"Raising a child with dwarfism is new for most parents. Being part of LPA has made a tremendous difference. My daughter and I both have great friends and role models. High school is not an easy time for most teens, but neither of us feels alone in dealing with any extra challenges." says Joanna Campbell, average-height mother of a teen with dwarfism.

More about LPA and dwarfism:

* There are over 200 distinct forms of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasia.
* People with dwarfism are generally not taller than 4' 10" at adult height. The typical height range is 2'8" to 4'5".
* Eighty percent of people with dwarfism have average-height parents and siblings.
* 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 are: having dwarfism, short stature, little person, lp, and the medical terminology use of dwarf. A person's name is always the most preferred.
* PA has registered a complaint with the FCC over the use of the "m" word. Our 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.
*Skeletal Dysplasias affect bone growth, but generally do not affect cognitive abilities. 

Mission of LPA "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 issue affecting individuals of short stature and their families".

Credit to Jaime Murphy.

Eventho they are small but they are strong

more and more LP achieve good grades in higher education

This is Amir Hamzah. We got to know him from MRDS; his mom Puan Allida is the VP.

Last but not least..... Ammar and Umi

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