About Dwarfism

Someone is a little person if they’re under four feet ten inches. If so, they most likely have dwarfism. Dwarfism is a medical condition. Sometimes it’s genetic, but sometimes the cause is unknown. There are over 200 types of dwarfism. The most common of these is achondroplasia which is a type of disproportionate dwarfism. As mentioned before there is proportionate dwarfism and disproportionate dwarfism.

Some people with dwarfism have other conditions or complications as well, but not all. For example, I have dwarfism and am also blind. This is extremely rare and has no connection to one another. Like any condition or disability, one can have a second one along with it that has nothing to do with the first. The most common problems directly associated with dwarfism deal with breathing and leg, joint or back pain. There is no specific treatment for dwarfism but various operations can be done to correct some of the difficulties.

People with dwarfism are just as successful as anyone else. LP have held all sorts of jobs even those encluding driving. As little people we are very good at finding ways to adapt our environment whether it means a step stool somewhere or something lowered. We go to colleges, get jobs, get married, have kids, have interests, just like anyone else would. The only difference is we’re considerably shorter than average.

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