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In a little over a week, thousands of short-statured people will be gathering for the annual Little People of America national convention in Washington D.C.Â Â For them, this convention is excitement squared.Â
Many little people spend most of their time in the company of average-sized people and the convention is a precious chance to romance, meet up with friends, show off art and talent, and strategize politically.
Today we get a jump on the national convention with a discussion of the hot topics for little people in the U.S.Â Our guests are Julie Rotta, who wrote the forward for Betty M. Adelson’s basic book, The Lives of Dwarfs: Their Journey from Public Curiosity Toward Social Liberation, and Ginny Foos, a member of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Little People of America.
Despite great efforts to eliminate midget jokes and other uses of the M-word, little people continue to be one of the few groups who can be mocked in public without any consequence .Â . .Â Over the past twenty-five years little people have debated their relationship to the disability movement . . .
Tune in to find out what’s happening for little people in these two arenas — and many others.
Adrienne Lauby produces and hosts.