I was wondering if I ever told you what I do for a living besides online work.
In case I haven’t: I’m a respite care worker. I provide respite care to a sweet 9 year old girl who is of short stature. Aka (Little Person).
October is officially Dwarfism Awareness month, but I didn’t want to wait until October to speak out about Dwarfism.
Dwarfism is hardly discussed yet those affected by dwarfism, unfortunately are the subject of much discrimination, and some mean spirited humor by a number of people in society.
I imagine that the discrimination that they face each day is a huge burden for them to carry.
I know the girl I watch is often mistaken for being younger than she is. She most recently begun to express to me how she feels about being shorter than the other children in her class at school.
She told me that the children in her class room were giants and that she wished that she would grow taller.
I told her that this world is full of all kinds of different people and how boring it would be if we were all the same.
The next time you see a little person remember that they are a person.
People with dwarfism are small in size, but can do just about anything that an averaged sized person can do.
They go to school, marry, have children, and go to work just like those of us who are average size.
They deserve to be treated like anyone else. They are no less of a person and certainly do not deserve to be the blunt of anyone’s joke.
Take time today to examine your own attitudes and opinions about those of small statue.
The ability to accept that we are equal regardless of origins, size, appearance, color, or sexual preference is necessary in order to live in society. Once everyone begins to realize that the better off the world will be.
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