Little People of America

Sonoma,  CA 
United States
http://www.lpaonline.org
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Profile

Little People of America, Inc., is a national nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families.   Short stature is generally caused by one of the approximately 400 medical conditions known as dwarfism. LPA welcomes all 400+ forms of dwarfism.  

LPA has more than 8000 members across the United States and internationally. We have 13 districts and 70 chapters.  We provide social interaction, parent and peer support, medical support and educationscholarships and grants.  Our members range from newborns to senior citizens, little people, and average height.  Dwarfism cuts across all religions, ethnicities, and economic levels. All are welcome!

Our Mission

LPA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism throughout their lives while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity.  LPA strives to bring solutions and global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families.

Where We Began

In 1957, well-known actor Billy Barty made a national public appeal for all little people in America to join him for a gathering in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Barty and 20 other little people joined together and Little People of America was formed!

What We Do

LPA offers information on employment, education, disability rights, adoption, medical issues, clothing, adaptive products, and the many stages of parenting a short-statured child - from birth to adult. Information is provided through a national newsletter, the LPA Today, and numerous seminars and workshops which occur locally at chapter events, regionally at District Meetings, and nationally at our yearly national conference. 

LPA also provides opportunities for social interaction as well as participation in athletic events through our sister organization, the Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA).

Little People of America is a primarily all-volunteer organization for persons and families involved with the condition of dwarfism. We do not diagnose, treat, or provide genetic counseling. We are involved in peer and parent support, medical resources and referrals, scholarships, and programs that benefit the dwarfism community, while promoting education, community outreach, personal and family strength, and life achievements.