Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dwarfism Awarness Month

October is Dwarfism Awareness Month so I thought I'd share some facts about dwarfism (stollen from a friends blog). If you want to learn more about dwarfism I have several links on the right hand side that you can go to.

  • There are over 200 distinct forms of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasias.

  • 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.

  • Skeletal Dysplasias affect bone growth, but generally do not affect cognitive abilities.

  • Don't treat people with dwarfism according to their height, instead of their age or ability. Little people are attorneys, teachers, engineers and doctors.

  • I'm so happy we have our little person in our family, Madilynn is amazing and continues to make our lives brighter. I love both my girls so much, I am blessed!

    1 comment:

    West Family said...

    Good information!! Your girls are darling - so cute! :)