October 2016: Dwarfism Awareness Month
WHEREAS, dwarfism is a medical condition causing short stature resulting from slow growth and is defined by an adult height of less than 4’ 10”. People with dwarfism are usually between 2’ 8” and 5’ 4”; and,
WHEREAS, there are an estimated 30,000 people living with dwarfism in the United States today. There is no known way to prevent dwarfism because it results from genetic causes; and,
WHEREAS, the organization Little People of America (LPA) has designated October as Dwarfism Awareness Month. LPA has more than 6,000 members across the USA and provides support for many of these individuals; and,
WHEREAS, when society isn’t provided with sufficient knowledge about dwarfism, this enables discrimination that can cause social and economic disadvantages for those with the condition. Dwarfs can accomplish many of the same things that people of average height can; and,
WHEREAS, the declaration of October as Dwarfism Awareness Month will help in the work towards acceptance of all born with this condition and provide a vehicle to create a general awareness of dwarfism;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as Dwarfism Awareness Month.