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Little People of America (LPA) is a Non-profit organization which provides support and information to those with dwarfism and their families. Membership in LPA is limited to people 4' 10" and under, their families, or those who "demonstrate a well-founded interest in issues relating to dwarfism."

LPA was started informally when in 1957 Billy Barty called upon people of short stature to join him in a weeklong get-together in Reno, Nevadamarker. That original meeting of 21 people grew into Little People of America, a group which as of 2005 has more than 6,000 members. They have local chapters which meet regularly as well as an annual weeklong conference (Adam Hebenstreich leads the Reno Chapter). They publish a parenting support newsletter, Parents Forum, as well as a national newsletter, LPA Today. They are currently petitioning the FCC to ban the word "midget" from broadcast television.

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  • Little People of America Web site, 2008.


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