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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 5, 2014 12:02 PM
From: Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone
To: All House members
Subject: Designating October 2014 as "Dwarfism Awareness Month" in PA
 
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution designating October 2014 as “Dwarfism Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Dwarfism is a rare medical condition, with an estimated 30,000 people in the United States and more than 650,000 people worldwide having some type of dwarfism. Dwarfism affects bone growth but generally does not affect
cognitive abilities and is a recognized condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the medical prognosis for persons with dwarfism is highly individualized, the majority of persons with dwarfism enjoy normal intelligence, normal life spans and reasonably good health but other persons with dwarfism will require surgeries or other medical interventions to address complications and to maximize mobility. Moreover, the preferred terminology for persons with dwarfism includes “persons of short stature,” “persons having dwarfism” or "little persons” and the term “midget,” is antiquated, may offend persons with dwarfism.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Co-sponsors of last year's designation resolution were: CALTAGIRONE, HENNESSEY, DONATUCCI, MCNEILL, SCHLOSSBERG, KIRKLAND, DiGIROLAMO, VEREB, READSHAW, KNOWLES, C. HARRIS, MILLARD, KOTIK, GOODMAN, ROCK, DAY, COHEN, BAKER, HESS, FABRIZIO, DENLINGER, GINGRICH, GILLEN, MAHONEY, BRADFORD AND BENNINGHOFF, among many others adding on after the resolution was printed.

It passed the House 194-0 last year.



Introduced as HR1055