LPA Declares October National Dwarfism Awareness Month

2022 LPA Dwarfism Awareness Month Press Release

2022 Dwarfism Awareness Month Activities

Throughout the month of October, LPA will be hosting a series of virtual discussions on a number of topics.

October 4 - 8:30 pm EDT/5:30 PDT - Understanding the Laws (recording) (list of resources shared on chat)
Our panelist(s) will share their knowledge on current laws that can assist LPs. If you have a question you would like to send to our panelists ahead of time, please enter it HERE. This will give our panelists extra time to ensure they are able to accurately answer you question.
October 11 - 8:30 pm EDT/5:30 PDT - Advocating for your child in school (recording) (list of resources shared on chat)
Our panelist(s) will share tips and guidance to help navigate the school system allowing you to advocate for your child.
October 19 - 8:30 pm EDT/5:30 PDT - Surviving the unimaginable - an intimate discussion about a double dominance diagnosis.
Our panel will discuss their experience with double dominance pregnancies and how they learned to live through this unimaginable heartbreak.
October 23 - 8:30 pm EDT/5:30 PDT - Teen/Tween Chat
Calling all teens and tweens - let's chat about growing up as an LP. If you are a teen or tween - join the conversation with Grace and Christina Reynolds as they lead the group in a discussion about growing up as an LP. Come and learn from others, share your stories, or simply just listen but whatever you do, this discussion will be one you won't want to miss.
October 23 - 8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT - MAB Q & A Virtual Discussion - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Join Dr. Julie Hoover – Fong, chair of our Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and other members from the board as they host a virtual question-and-answer session. If you missed the chance to be with us in Spokane, here’s your chance to have all your medical questions pertaining to skeletal dysplasia, answered.  This session requires registration to receive connection information.
October 27 - 8:00 EDT/5:00 PDT - Committee Conversations on Inclusion
LPA's Inclusion Committee is hosting this newly added discussion session. Join committee members from three of LPA's committees as they share their thoughts on inclusion. 

Be on the lookout - additional events will be listed as dates are confirmed, or follow along on Facebook. For connection information, email [email protected]

Barty Challenge 2022

This year's video challenge focuses on all the things that have been brought into our lives because of LPA.  On Facebook, use the hashtag #BartyChallenge to see video challenges from this year as well as year's past.  Here are a few of the video challenges from 2022:

Dwarfism Awareness Wristbands & Pencils

We have wristbands and pencils for purchase for yourself or to pass out to others.  Individually, the prices are $.50 for pencils.  Wristbands are one for $3, two for $5 or four for $10.  We have reduced pricing for orders of 25 or more.  Please contact the office at [email protected]to place your order or inquire about bulk pricing. 

Dwarfism Awareness Month Resources

Dwarfism Awareness Video (Full video including Michelle Kraus & BartyChallenge Highlights)
    Dwarfism Awareness Video - Michelle Kraus portion only
    Dwarfism Awareness Video - BartyChallenge Highlights only
2020 LPA Dwarfism Awareness Month Press Release
2020 Dwarfism Awareness Flyer
Dwarfism Awareness Outreach Brochure (tri-fold) (Spanish Version)
Dwarfism Awareness Month Sample Resolution

Steps to the Dwarfism Awareness Proclamation Request (Part 1)
Steps to the Dwarfism Awareness Proclamation Request (Part 2)

2020 Dwarfism Awareness Presentation (PDF version) or (download editable version for PowerPoint)

In an effort to be proactive in encouraging public awareness of positive stories of the dwarfism community and in keeping with our mission LPA has declared October National Dwarfism Awareness Month.   The following states have already passed resolutions calling for October to be Dwarfism Awareness Month: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

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 issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families."

Hundreds of health-related observances have been declared and are celebrated each year, like Autism Awareness Month (April), Breast Cancer Awareness (October), and the Red Ribbon Campaign (October) along with many lesser known medical conditions.    It is time for LPA to celebrate our community as well!

How you can help

We are asking each chapter to do these tasks, and your chapter will need your help to make them successful:

1) Hold an event of some kind.  Celebration of Dwarfism Awareness Month can be tied into an already planned event or Regional.     Some examples are; a bake sale, a pizza night at a local restaurant, a mini-golf championship, a 2K or 5K walk, or a simple park get-together.

2) Attempt to have an article or television piece published.  The article could be about the fundraiser that the chapter is holding, a piece on the oldest member, a piece about the dwarfism movement, or about the local high school student who plays on the football team or is the local Xbox champion.  

3) Contact local state legislature and get October declared National Dwarfism Awareness Month in your state. The ultimate goal is to have the US Government declare October NDAM but first it needs to be declared at the state level.

Each area of the country has a Regional Coordinator who will help oversee Dwarfism Awareness Month Events and information.   Please contact your local District Director or Chapter President if you have any questions.