Treat little according to their age not height. Improvise to ensure that little people can reach stuff beyond their height. Self-esteem and a sense of independence are key factors to coping with dwarfism.
for little people
for little people
Disability is largely a social construct. Imagine if the world was designed for little people, wouldn’t average height people become disabled? Therefore, through social adjustment and reasonable accommodation, we can all happily live in society
Little People of Uganda (LPU) is a non-profit making, self-help organization that was founded to provide support and information to parents of children affected with dwarfism and adult dwarfs – also referred to as the little people. We are especially keen to offer information and moral support to parents of children affected with dwarfism. LPU was founded in 2007 and was formally registered as an NGO in Uganda in March 2008. Membership is comprised of little people up to the height of 4 feet 10 inches and deemed by medical opinion or classification to be a dwarf as well as parents. LPU has provision to accommodate as associates other interested members of society. Our main aim is to support little people in their integration into society and our goal and constant aim is towards equality in education and social status, and employment opportunities. LPU was also founded to promote awareness and understanding of the various conditions, which cause shortness of stature/dwarfism and medical complications associated with it. We also aim to work with the medical profession, especially those in contact with little people in order that they not only understand the medical aspects of dwarfism but also dwarfs as people in their own right.
LPU envisions a society, which respects and promotes the rights of all its members, and ensures equity to participation in all dimensions of socio-economic and political life.
To empower, support and represent little people, to enable individuals to assert their right to live in, fully participate in and be productive members of the community, and by so doing, maximize their potential as valued citizens.
Our goal is to allow us the little people to gain equal rights, responsibilities and sensitivities as others in society.
What we do
We empower, support and represent little people in order to enable individuals to assert their right to live in, fully participate in and be productive members of the community, and by so doing, maximize their potential as valued citizens. Specifically, we carry out the following activities:
1. Promote wide public awareness for increased understanding of dwarfism.
2. Provide information and support to parents of dwarf children and adults dwarfs to improve their quality of life.
3. Promote self acceptance and self reliance of little people.
4. Provide technical support to families to enable them accept and adjust to a dwarf child born in the family and to link similar families for mutual support.
5. Advocate for the rights of little people.
6. Support research into matters related to dwarfism.
7. Network with local and international civil society organizations and stakeholders to maximize effectiveness.
“Disability is a result of exclusion and shortage of accessibility. Our demand for equal rights with other citizens is a matter of achieving basic human rights. Physical exclusion and social isolation is equivalent to discrimination”.
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Respect human rights
Being small is the only difference; little people are not clowns in circus. They are people with rights, responsibilities and sensitivities like everyone else.
Nobody is to blame for who the little people are. Dwarfism is not associated with personality disorders; it is a mere physiological difference.
Ensure Physical and Social inclusion
Disability is a result of exclusion and shortage of accessibility. Our demand for equal rights with other citizens is a matter of achieving basic human rights. Physical exclusion and social isolation is equivalent to discrimination.