This year is a great time to get involved with Little People of America. 2014 is an Election Year for Little People of America, (LPA). Eleven members sit on the LPA Board of Directors. All 11 seats are up for election. A Board Term is three years and each position has a two-term limit.
Serving as a board member is a challenging and rewarding experience. The Board holds at least four phone conference call meetings each year. Meeting commitments also include 2 day-long meetings during the National Conference. In addition, each position carries specific responsibilities which may take several hours a week and an expectation of serving on LPA committees as time and interest allow. With this commitment, LPA Board Members have the opportunity to represent the membership, manage programs, lead policy efforts, and build the organization.
All members of LPA are invited to review the positions and the eligibility criteria for the positions. Qualified members are encouraged to run for a board position. The deadline for declaring intent to run for a position is March 7, 2014. To declare your intent, send an email to Gary Arnold (President, email@example.com) and Ron Piro (National Election Committee, RonPiro@aol.com ). Include in the email your full name, contact information, and the position in which you are interested.
Ideas for Home Adaptations
A Guide to Home Modifications
We are often asked about home, school and workplace modifications for children and families or individuals with dwarfism. As you can imagine, LPA families and individuals vary greatly in the make-up of each family and physical abilities, as well as financial ability and desire to make modifications. Here is a list suggestions and ideas for different home modifications designed to fit different budgets and capabilities. We hope these suggestions will make your home more comfortable and independent for everyone. We’d love to hear your suggestions too! Give us your feed back and suggestions by contacting us at the office via e-mail or phone.
1. Step Stools – a must for every home. Whether they are solid wood or light-weight plastic every home needs a step stool.
2. Light Switch Extenders – a typical light switch can be placed to high for many people with dwarfism. If you have a traditional toggle switch you can modify it by drilling a very small screw into the plastic switch and attaching a wooden or clear plastic dowel with an eyehook. Some types attach without tools. If you have a rocker switch, a wooden dowel with a rubber tip placed near the switch is the easiest way to modify your reach ability.
3. Lower closet bars or install closet extension bars - Closet clothes hanging bars are easy to lower. Simply purchase a dowel cut to the correct length of the closet and purchase plastic closet rod supports (usually less than $2.00 a set). Other options are closet extension bars that suspend from your existing high closet bar. The Whitmore Double Hang Closet Rod sells at www.Sears.com for less than $10.00.
4. Lever-style Door Handles –a lever-style door handle on both interior and exterior doors are much easier to work than a round doorknob style for most little people. For a variety try www.homedepot.com or www.directdoorhardware.com. To make it even more accessible, tie an 18” length of a strong fabric to make it accessible and easy to pull down the lever.
Slightly more expensive and/or longer term modifications
1. Lowered Light Switches – have an electrician physically lower the light switches to a comfortable height.
Permanent and more expensive home adaptations
1. Install a retracting step within the kick plate on an average sink height for the kitchen.