Other News and Stories

Inspiring story of an amazing athlete!  92 pound man can lift 3 times his own weight.  LPs can and will do anything they set their mind to!

Great piece by CBS! If you are having difficulty viewing this pls. head over to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmt6q-JqJ28&feature=youtu.be

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Little People of America proudly announces its Public Service Announcement now airing in Times Square.

LPA PSA 2012

This 15-second video celebrates the diversity of people with dwarfism in the United States and the contributions they make to our communities.

This PSA will air on the CBS Jumbotron in New York’s Times Square from July 1st through the end of September, which will give a great introduction to Dwarfism Awareness Month in October. LPA began recognizing October as Dwarfism Awareness Month in 2009 with the intention of raising positive awareness around dwarfism, addressing common misconceptions and increasing opportunities for people with dwarfism around the country.

“We are thrilled to have the chance to share LPA’s message of dwarfism awareness in Times Square. It is the perfect setting, since New York will be celebrating Dwarfism Awareness Month this year,” says Gary Arnold, LPA President. “Since the PSA airs in Times Square there is no sound with the video. Our images tell the story of LPA, who we are and what we do.”

Earlier this year, New York Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun sponsored a state resolution that recognizes October as Dwarfism Month. There are currently six states and Puerto Rico that have declared October as Dwarfism Awareness Month. In addition to New York, Illinois, California and New Jersey are expected to issue resolutions this year.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring positive exposure through our Public Service Announcement and the new state resolutions as a building block to continue raising awareness about dwarfism, both nationwide and globally. Please join us in celebration,” says Leah Smith, LPA Vice President of Public Relations.

(If you are adjusting your volume, remember: there is no sound.. it is a Jumbotron! LOL It took me a second to catch on too!)

Collin O’Connell: A Little Person Who Wants to be Shorter?

COLLIN O’Connell is a talented young man from Wisconsin.  At the time this article was written in Swimming World Magazine, he was a 17 year old high school athlete with an impressive list of victories in the  American Paralympic arena.   What he chose to do outside of that arena makes this story even more special.  He joined his high school swim team.

“For a swimmer like Collin, the challenges presented during the high school season are completely different than the challenges he faces in Paralympic competitions.
The limitations of being a little person are more complex than you might think. For a little person swimmer like Collin, the fact that he has short arms and legs don’t cause him the most trouble. Instead, it’s the fact that his body density is just as high as a person of normal stature.  The comparison is that a normal swimmer has arms and legs twice as long to keep them at the surface and propel them forward. For a little person, it’s much more difficult to maintain a body position high in the water, and even harder to move forward through the water. In a 25-yard length, Collin could take three times as many strokes as someone else might. What all this means is that it takes him much more energy to get from point A to point B.”  — by Tyler Remmel

So why would he want to be shorter?  If you are not an LP and a swimmer, you probably won’t know why.  Reading this article gave me a good insight into yet another thing I just wouldn’t have thought about unless I was in that position.  Click on the link to read the original article.  Once you do, you can say, ” I just made myself more aware!”

http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/27187.asp?q=Collin-O’Connell:-A-Little-Person-Who-Wants-to-be-Shorter
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