Welcome to the Dwarfism Awareness Australia page.
We are a group of like minded individuals who all strive for the same thing. To educate Australia about dwarfism.
Some facts about Dwarfism:
Did you know that there is over 200 different types of dwarfism’s
Dwarfism generally refers to a group of genetic disorders characterised by shorter than normal skeletal growth. Achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism. The majority of children born with this condition have average-sized parents. Abnormal skeletal growth is known as skeletal dysplasia.
Dwarfism refers to a group of conditions characterised by shorter than normal skeletal growth. This shortness can be manifested in the arms and legs or trunk. There are over 300 conditions that cause abnormal skeletal growth and dwarfism. Achondroplasia is the most common type of short-limb dwarfism, occurring in around one in 25,000 children with both sexes at equal risk. This type of skeletal dysplasia (abnormal skeletal growth) is usually diagnosed at birth.
The majority of children born with the disorder have average-sized parents. The child may experience delay developing motor skills, such as controlling the movements of the head, but intellectual development is normal in children with Achondroplasia. The average final height for a person with this condition is 130cm for men and 125cm for women. Short-statured people lead normal, fulfilled lives. Achieving higher levels of education and career and personal ambitions is not limited by stature.
The word “midget” is considered offensive. It is considered most offensive when misused to describe those with dwarfism.