- People with a form of Dwarfism are usually no taller than 4 foot 10 inches (147.32cm).
- The word “midget” is considered highly offensive.
- Dwarfism occurs in all races and ethnicities.
- Yes, you or your children may one day have a child with a form of Dwarfism.
- 50% of Little People are born to average sized parents.
- 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.
- Most types of Dwarfism have medical complications, some more severe than others.
- While many members of the short-statured community don’t feel that they have a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protect the rights of people with dwarfism. In South Africa, there are several Acts that protect the rights of People with Disabilities.
- 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 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”.